The project functions as an experimental navigation tool of the region of Ptolemaida, Greece and in particular the area of the lignite extraction and processing facilities. Its digital and interactive form allows the user to experience multiple scales simultaneously, thus enhancing both the loss of the traditional notion of scale as well as an urgent desire to reimagine it. The information is organized according to an expanded, circular, deformed ‘ecology’ of sorts: from the depths of the earth (the natural habitat of lignite) to the heights of the sky (the natural habitat of the byproducts of its consumption). In the middle lie all the material and immaterial agents that keep the wheel turning: institutions, equipment and machinery, flora and fauna, networks with nodes and connections, terrains with varying degrees of abandonment or retrieval. Persistent through all of the levels of this feedback loop is a request to reconsider the possibility of a newness: a new perspective, language or apparatus that will allow the understanding, grasping, withstanding of an equally new complexity.

The work has been produced as an interpretation of various themes discussed during a 4-week Seminar, titled “Navigating the Lost Scales”, organized by the The New Centre for Research & Practice and taught by the Posthuman Studies Lab. It has not been publicly exhibited yet.

BY  Georgia Skartadou (GR)

Georgia Skartadou is a designer/digital artist, born and currently living in Greece. She holds a Diploma in Architectural Engineering (A.U.Th) and a postgraduate degree in Digital Arts (Ionian University), and she is a Certificate Student at the New Centre for Research & Practice. Her research focuses on a fusion between scientific method and digital technologies with artistic practice and aesthetics. With tools such as machine learning, data visualizations, simulated and digital environments, she tries to underline an enduring relationship between humans, tools and reality. Through production and distribution of images and texts, she investigates those means that potentially function as worldview generators.