LANGUAGE AS SOUND
AS ART MATERIAL
In these strange times, engagement with the natural environment has been highlighted as a precious part of our ability to survive, make sense of the world around and within us, and mediate our health at all levels of being. The importance of the natural environment’s place has been foregrounded, as has our impact on it. So too, has our ability to redress the balance when – motivated to do so.
For institutions whose business is engagement with this environment, it may be an opportune moment to ask questions of critical reflexivity.
How are NTNU’s discourses shaping the way in which it engages with the natural environment? Do these discourses affect the way in which its stakeholders are perceived? What are the limits of NTNU’s episteme, and how might these be identified, to illuminate the ways in which stakeholders are ‘produced’ by discourse?
How might we apply the imaginary, as a sensory modality, to enliven and enchant knowledge-making, rather than aim simply at explanation? Could the inclusion of a fuller range of voices – not only from other disciplines and external stakeholders but from within our non-professional selves – add a lyrical dimension to saltwater worlds, or renew our reverence for the natural environment? Could these enchantments leak into our disciplinary philosophies, daily working habits, informal opinions or formal communications to improve research outputs in some way?
How do different research centres, departments or individuals at NTNU reinforce language use? How dimensional are their vocabularies? Do these practices change with context, audience, or over time? Are they static? How might we make ourselves more sensitive to the contours, textures and patterns in our language? How may we enrich the ways in which we use language, by widening the semantic net beyond our own disciplines? From morphemes to gestalt verbal units, what changes can be affected? How can we develop individual or collective practices for magnifying and demagnifying our field of attention, with respect to our dialects?
I am honored to be included as an Art Contest judge for @OceanicSociety‘s 2022 Global Ocean Cleanup! Whoever you are, wherever you are, everyone can do something to help take care of the ocean. https://t.co/M9517wRYMC #GlobalOceanCleanup https://t.co/U7Ywa6c0kS
Plastic production, by far the largest industrial oil, gas, and electricity user in the EU
is “incompatible” with climate targets to keep global warming under 1.5°C & reducing oil and gas consumption and dependency
https://t.co/u40hgoMM4S MT @AwareOceans
Agulhas Current enigma: An oceanic gap in our climate understanding
In the Indian Ocean, it’s one of the most energetic ocean current systems in the world & may influence large-scale climatic changes globally
by @Petro_Kotze in @mongabay
When will @DefraGovUK admit that its attribution of this repeated mass mortality to “algal blooms” is completely implausible, and that the most likely and parsimonious explanation is the release of toxic sediments by dredging in the Tees estuary? https://t.co/ihqj4Mjw9Q
Here’s the government and @NFUtweets working together to suppress scrutiny and accountability. DEFRA, under @ranil, still stands for
Doing Everything Farmers’ Representatives Ask.
How about the UK’s other 67 million people?
How about our ecosystems? https://t.co/SxEkL4r4CN