Slow Motion Electric Chiaroscuro: An Experiment in Glitch-Anthropo-Scenic Landscape Art

  • Patti Pente
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)


Ecological effects indicated in the age of the Anthropocene continue to disrupt and change lives of human and non-human. Yet, Euro-American perspectives are slow to acknowledge a posthuman outlook that might shift political will so that deep ontological shifts result in change regarding how life with the planet unfolds. In this chapter, through disjunctive synthesis (Deleuze and Guattari 1983). I investigate concepts of fail and fix from glitch art and the Anthropocene. Within the entanglement of digital-analogue worlds, I create a prototype for glitch-Anthropo-scenic landscape art inspired by these ideas. As an interruption in the social norms and boundaries whereby the human uses/saves the land, my art experiment problematizes notions of landscape art, Anthropocene and glitch art, opening towards a posthuman perspective as a form of public pedagogy.


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  • Patti Pente
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  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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