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Della Giustina, Christina; (2022) you are variations. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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you are variations is a ten-year-long study of tree water-cycles in which scientific climate change research has provided environmental data on sap flow that is here transposed into a musical score. The score is enacted live – including in-situ – in collaboration with electro-acoustic ensembles. By turning climate data into sound-performances, the research draws attention to the sophisticated energy balance of trees under changing environmental conditions, contributing to scientific research concerned with climate futures, and evidences a committed stance in art as sustained experimental (re-)search into transformative power. Inspired ecopolitically by Isabelle Stengers, Donna J. Haraway and Bruno Latour, aesthetically by Pauline Oliveros and Catherine Christer Hennix et. al., the project exercises how to think and work across wounded worlds together. In gathering disciplines that are unfamiliar to each other – linking environmental, cultural and mental ecologies – the project reveals ‘difference’, theoretically drawing on the work of Alfred North Whitehead, Félix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Nancy and Elizabeth Grosz. The key methodology, ‘ecology of translation’, incites gaps and transpositions as acts of mediation in a complex process of evolving relationalities between art-music, science and the climate. It conceives of ‘trans-lation’ as human, and more-than-human activity; creative in the making of a ‘re-lational, resonant kinship’, based not on sameness, but alterity. It is the experience of wholeness that is the significant outcome of this transdisciplinary practice across a vast range of contemporary climate urgencies. The conclusion elicits a new term for the felt experience of wholeness instantiated by you are variations performances: /wi/. Addressing the problematic term ‘we’, exclusive in its presupposed inclusivity, /wi/ denotes the experiential communion of tree, you and self, exemplified in the poetic, ecopolitical movement the research brought about: in asking ‘Can we learn to listen to a tree?’ you are variations advocates how to become /wi/ with the world.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: you are variations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5522/04/20170349.v1
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2022. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request. // Additional audio-visual appendices are available from the UCL Research Data Repository: https://doi.org/10.5522/04/20170349.v1.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > The Slade School of Fine Art
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10150894
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