Stewardship: An Ethico-Aesthetic Approach to Uncertain Futures in the Valley of the Wild
Aesthetic machines of the type emerging in our valley are generating heterogenous events toward the resingularization of subjectivity and the aestheticization of the everyday. This project addresses processes that occur in the everyday but that can become resingularised: listening, noticing and waiting. Through this resingularisation such processes create the conditions for events to emerge collectively.
The techniques, processes, conditions and events that have occurred over the last four years will continue to become. It is from such becoming that more sustained evental conditions emerge that provide a sense of collectivity across the community, our environment and our subjectivations. Via such evental conditions, systems of durational stewardship become possible.
In other eco-art projects, the question of stewardship is present. But I suggest, through this process-based art research, that what is needed is durational stewardship, referring to ecologies of care that operate over long time scales. Durational stewardship challenges notions of relations between artists and community as it may well require artists to situate themselves within the project indefinitely.