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UTS Library announces 2019 Creative-in-Residence - Alexandra Crosby & Ilaria Vanni

seed ball

UTS Library presents our 2019 Creative in Residents - Alexandra Crosby and Ilaria Vanni, from the research studio Mapping Edges.

Their library residency project titled The Planty Atlas of UTS is outlined below. 

The Planty Atlas of UTS is a socially engaged creative project consisting of a live plant installation alongside a multidisciplinary bookshelf on selected plants, a seed balls workshop and three mapping walks around the UTS precinct. In preparation for the Library’s move to UTS Central in November, our residents are growing plants onsite, to then green our new spaces in Building 2. The mapping walks aim to create new plant inspired pathways around the precinct and produce mapping counterpoints that yield different and relational understandings of everyday places around the library buildings.

Want to learn more? Alexandra Crosby and Ilaria Vanni have published the findings of their 2019 project on OPUS: UTS's institutional research repository opus.lib.uts.edu.au

Stairwell display

The Planty Atlas of UTS asks: how does our understanding of cultural, environmental, social histories and futures of place change if we let ourselves be guided by plants?

Want to get involved? Join the #mappingedges conversation!  Post your maps and photos of green encounters in the precinct on Instagram #utslibrary #mappingedges and #utsengage. 
UTS students and staff are welcome to register for one or more of the project events via the active Eventbrite links below.

  • Join Mapping Edges on the UTS Central terrace for a Seed balls workshop on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 2pm.

Or come along to one of the walks:

  • Walk #1 Observation - Tuesday 17 September at 10am.
  • Observation, involves different forms of sensing and taking notes in the form of writing, photographs, drawings, and maps generated through commonly used and free apps, like ‘Map My Walk’ and ‘Relive.’ This first walk helps us understand the landscape and its micro ecosystems.

The project will also feature an interactive library stairwell display (pictured above - located in Building 5A, Level 2 front stairwell) from 16 September - 31 October 2019.

Digital Bookshelf

  1. Atchison, J. (2019). Thriving in the Anthropocene: Understanding Human-Weed Relations and Invasive Plant Management Using Theories of Practice. In Social Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans (pp. 25–46). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

  2. Baluška, F., Gagliano, M. & Witzany, G. 2018, Memory and learning in plants, Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

  3. Brice, Jeremy. “Attending to Grape Vines: Perceptual Practices, Planty Agencies and Multiple Temporalities in Australian Viticulture.” Social and Cultural Geography, 2014.

  4. Clément, Gilles The Planetary Garden and Other Writings. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

  5. Dixon, T. & Wilkinson, S. (eds) 2016, Green Roof Retrofit : Building Urban Resilience, Wiley, London.

  6. Coccia, Emanuele. The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019.

  7. Crosby, Alexandra Lara, Jacquie Lorber-Kasunic, and Ilaria Vanni Accarigi. “Value the Edge: Permaculture as Counterculture in Australia.” M/C Journal 17, no. 6 (2014): 1–10.

  8. Gibson-Graham JK, and Gerda Roelvink. “An Economic Ethics for the Anthropocene.” Antipode., (2010). 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2009.00728. x.

  9. Head, L. & Atchison, J. 2009, 'Cultural ecology: Emerging human-plant geographies', Progress in Human Geography, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 236–45.

  10. Head, L., Atchison, J., Phillips, C. & Buckingham, K. 2014, 'Vegetal politics: belonging, practices and places', Social & Cultural Geography, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 861–70.

  11. Head, L. (2017). Cultures of Nature. In International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology (pp. 1–6). Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Hustak, C., & Myers, N. (2013). Involutionary Momentum: Affective Ecologies and the Sciences of Plant/Insect Encounters. Differences, 23(3), 74–118.

  13. Lang, U. 2014, 'The common life of yards', Urban Geography, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 852–69.

  14. Mancuso, S. 2015, Brilliant green : the surprising history and science of plant intelligence, Island Press, Washington Covelo London.

  15. Morgan, G., Rocha, C. & Poynting, S. 2005, 'Grafting Cultures: Longing and Belonging in Immigrants’ Gardens and Backyards in Fairfield', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 26, no. 1–2, pp. 93–105, viewed 3 July 2017.

  16. Myers, Natasha. “From the Anthropocene to the Planthroposcene: Designing Gardens for Plant/People Involution.” History and Anthropology 28, no. 3 (2017): 297–301. https://doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2017.1289934.

  17. Pascoe, Bruce. Dark emu black seeds: Agriculture or accident?. Magabala Books, 2014.

  18. Rose, Deborah Bird. "Shimmer: when all you love is being trashed." Arts of Living on Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (2017).

  19. Rotherham, Ian D. Recombinant Ecology - A Hybrid Future? Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-49797-6.

  20. Stoetzer, B. 2018, 'Ruderal Ecologies: Rethinking Nature, Migration, and the Urban Landscape in Berlin', Cultural Anthropology, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 295–323.

  21. Tsing Lowenhaupt, Anna. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015.

  22. Vanni Accarigi, Ilaria, and Alexandra Crosby. "Remapping heritage and the garden suburb: Haberfield's civic ecologies." Australian Geographer (2019): 1-20.