Dear Geographers


Very welcome!


Culture, Environment and Science Mutations, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne

(Convenors: Maurizio Meloni and Michele Lobo)


TITLE:  Towards a temporal commons: Shared time in a more-than-human world

PRESENTER: Dr Rupert Griffiths, Lancaster University, UK

DATE: Tuesday 4 May, 4-5pm, Melbourne time

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As our planet makes a turbulent transition from the Holocene to what has been termed the Anthropocene, it becomes increasingly clear that there is a mismatch between the social/economic cycles associated with humanity and those of environmental, evolutionary, and geological change. However, the standardised measures of time, such as Coordinated Universal Time, which we use to coordinate everything from daily life to transport, energy production, and global trade, build anthropocentrism into our world view at many levels.


How then might we introduce into daily life ways of thinking time from a more-than-human perspective? This paper considers this question through a work of speculative design developed by the author, conceived as a convergence of fieldwork, artwork, and timepiece. As light from the sun is a biological cue that entrains the circadian rhythms of most life on earth, this timepiece takes the luminosity and colour of the sky as its basis for timekeeping. By being attentive to the diurnal changes in illumination, the timepiece aims to articulate a more-than-human temporal commons, while also indicating the presence of anthropogenic light at night, which can disrupt both human and non-human biologies and behaviours.


Dr Rupert Griffiths is a Geographer at Lancaster University, UK in the Cities and Urban design research lab, ImaginationLancaster and a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London at the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Department of Sociology. His background is in Social and Cultural Geography (PhD), Architecture and Urbanism (MA), and Microelectronic Systems Engineering, and he has worked as an artist and designer for many years. Rupert’s work considers the cultural imaginaries of urban nature, waste, and wastelands and asks how art and design practices can be used to develop more-than-human descriptions of the urban environment.


Kind Regards




Dr Michele Lobo

Lecturer, Human Geography

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education

Deakin University, 221 Burwood Hwy, Victoria 3125




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