Residence: Stefan Laxness

The artist will develop his project Identity and Aesthetics in a Rewilded Europe

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2020
7
Sep
2020
Residence: Stefan Laxness

Image: courtesy of the artist

Stefan Laxness explores the potential of rewilding in Europe as an operative territorial strategy with far reaching consequences on how we occupy space and engage as citizens.
Rewilding is the process of returning vast tracts of land to their original pre-agricultural state through the introduction and passive management of key-stone species. With 4 out of 5 EU citizens living in urban areas, depopulation and large-scale land abandonment are causing social, economic and ecological decline. Rewilding advocates point to these trends as an opportunity to radically change the European landscape for the better: fighting climate change, avoiding ecological collapse, revitalising declining regions, etc. However, such a project would inevitably conflict with the complexities of the European territory and require us to rethink how we negotiate, transform, re-use or preserve our built environment.
From the Cordillera Cantábrica in Spain to Bragança in Portugal, passing through the plains of León, Stefan Laxness will survey a cross section of the Iberian Peninsula conducting field work and experimenting with environmental image capturing technology. By understanding rewilding as a process of negotiation and transformation, Stefan Laxness seeks to reveal the latent potential of our rural areas and explore our relationship as rewilded citizens with architecture, territory and wilderness.

This project has been selected on the thirs Call of the EMARE program, by EMAP European Media Arte Platform.

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