A creative consideration of climate adaptation as a social and ecological palimpsest
This research project is an artistic response to the idea of climate change as a social and ecological palimpsest. Here, conceptually, land has been “written on,” erased and reused / rewritten on, but each layer of use leaves a residue or imprint on the landscape that still can be “read.” The direct and indirect effects of climate change are already emerging and they challenge the economic, environmental and social viability of local governments and the communities they represent. Taylor argues that,“The Earth’s landscape contains a physical record of successive impacts ... by the earth’s environment, geological, hydrological, atmospheric and humanitarian elements and controls” (2009, para. 4). Thus, she suggests the composite record of organic and manmade marks provide a way of conceptualising the landscape as a record of both human culture and environmental activity. In this thesis, I create an artistic documentary that investigates how a short filmic artwork might be used to represent the journey of both the human participants and the nature of palimpsest in the landscape.