Presentation and Discussion: Liminal Terrains - Part I Keynote Speaker: Rod Barnett Landscape Architect Date: 19 June, 2015 Time: 1 p.m. Site Location: AUT, WS 101, St Paul St, Auckland
Site Intervention: Liminal Terrains - Part II Date: Friday 26th June, 2015 Time: From low tide (11.00 a.m.) Site Location: Renton Road, Mangere, Auckland Transport and lunch provided: Date: Friday 26th June, 2015 Time: 10.30 a.m. Bus leaves from Mayoral Drive Returns to AUT approximately 3.30 p.m. nonhuman landscapes READINGS Giorgio Agamben The Open: Man and Animal, Stanford, Stanford University Press: 39-47, 57-62 Rod Barnett The Ten Point Guides to Emergence, www.nonlinearlandscapes.com Jane Bennett Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham + London, Duke University Press: 20-38 Bruno Latour The Politics of Nature, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press: 9-52 Steven Shapiro The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, Minneapolis, Minnesota Press 65-84 Jakob von Uexküll A Foray into the World of Animals and Humans, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press: 53-135
Rod Barnett, Landscape Architect
Internationally acclaimed landscape architect Rod Barnett is a noted theorist and scholar. Barnett has designed landscapes in New Zealand, Australia, China, the Pacific Islands and the United States. He is the author of Emergence in Landscape Architecture (2013), which utilizes contemporary systems theory to explore how relatively simple interactions, filtered through continual processes of adaptation and evolution, create larger environments of dizzying complexity.
Zones where different conditions come together, abut, overlap, pretend to ignore each other, or in various ways interact, are complicated places. For example, humans have often defined themselves as very different from the nonhuman species with which they share the earth. We have established boundaries not only between the human and the animal, but also between animals and plants, insects and rocks, and so on. And yet the terrains in which these objects interact are everywhere: in any landscape – gradient or field – we find these liminal conditions.
Rod Barnett will present some landscape architecture projects that explore issues of liminality, involving the boundary conditions between humans and nonhuman species, and the relationships between objects and systems. The projects set up encounters between humans and species such as lizards, coyotes and birds, and investigate the strange relationships between humans and inanimate objects through a study of rocks in constructed landscapes.
He invites students to a two-part encounter. In the first part he will present aspects of his work and develop discussion on issues that arise from it. The second part is a visit to the site of the Liminal Terrain Project on the shore of Manukau Harbour at Mangere. Here students will be invited to develop interventions that respond to the ideas that have been canvassed in the talk and subsequent discussion.