Urtzi Grau and Louisa King
Aware of the challenges of a remote site, speculation on how landscape practice can distantly care is being explored to develop a method influenced by practices of Care. Care encompasses methods of becoming with and encounters through various species and the sites they inhabit in the Southern Ocean. An exploration of this territory has revealed that Deception island sits with this string of sites in the Antarctic peninsula that have become markers with signals of deep patterned history and emerging ones. Mapping and building stories for the species that inhabit deception island and surrounding landscapes in the Southern Ocean.
The research is to produce knowledge on how we can live in a damaged planet alongside other species. The reconfiguring of histories through the project is an act of care. These drawings situate within the lineage of cartography, developing a framework to unpack the ecological and socio-political material tales that tie the geographical region with the rest of the world. Cartographic language is widely used within the discipline, to generate narratives and connections between separate entities and form understandings of places. However, what is left out of traditional forms of mapping? How do we map the unmapped? What is compelling is considering what kind of knowledge this practice produces.
Understanding landscapes and life intimately without proximity is an issue that I will develop through counter cartography and care practices. I plan to uncover and archive stories and data to transfer that information into cartographic understandings. I will explore past scientific research, questioning how communities and governments understand risks attached to the Southern Ocean. The mapped web of encounters between multi-species will be made public by testing the interruptions in a social encounter. This method translates the cartographic explorations into something operable and accessible in the immediate social space. As a form of encounter, my politics of location here in Sydney is exercised and shared.