Sustaining the Sustainable?
ABSTRACT: In this chapter I introduce an ecological-philosophical approach to artmaking that has guided my work over the past 16 years. I call this ‘Ecosophical praxis’. To illustrate how this infuses and directs my research methodologies, I draw upon a case study called Knowmore (House of Commons), an emerging interactive installation due for first showings in 2009. This allows me to tease out the complex interrelationships between research and practice within my work, and describe how they comment upon and model these eco-cultural theories. I conclude with my intentions and hopes for the continued emergence of a contemporary eco-political modality of new media praxis that self-reflexively questions how we might re-focus future practices upon ‘sustaining the sustainable’.
FULL REFERENCE: Armstrong, K, 2009, 'Sustaining the Sustainable? Developing a Practice and Problem-led New Media Praxis', in Smith, H. & Dean, R Eds. Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice, Edignburgh University Press, Edingburgh, UK, in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press. Pp. 187-199.