Examining how we map and experience landscapes and airspace in conceptual, geopolitical, neuropsychological, and ecological terms, the volume investigates, from two major bodies of work by Shona Illingworth, how research-led practices in the arts can develop legal frameworks for understanding the future of digital technologies and their relationship to airspace.
Topologies of Air and Lesions in the Landscape are two major bodies of work by Shona Illingworth. Informed by the artist's long-term investigations into individual and societal amnesia, these projects critically examine the devastating psychological and environmental impacts of military, industrial, and corporate transformations of airspace and outer space.
Employing interdisciplinary research and collaborative processes, Illingworth's practice uses creative methodologies to visualize and interrogate this proliferating exploitation of airspace. Through the development of a proposed new human right, Topologies of Air and Lesions in the Landscape connect diverse cosmologies, knowledges, and lived experiences to counter the colonization of the sky and protect individuals, communities, and ecologies from ever-increasing threats from above.
Shona Illingworth is a Danish Scottish artist filmmaker whose major works take the form of immersive gallery based multi-screen video and multi-channel sound installation. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and amnesia, critical approaches to memory studies, media sociology and human rights law) with socially engaged practice.
Edited by Anthony Downey.
Contributions by Caterina Albano, Amin Alsaden, Jill Bennett, Giuliana Bruno, Martin A. Conway, Anthony Downey, Conor Gearty, Derek Gregory, Nick Grief, Andrew Hoskins, Catherine Loveday, Issie MacPhail, William Merrin, Renata Salecl, Gabriele Schwab, Gaëtane Verna.