Colloquium with Helen V. Pritchard
The underground is no longer (or never was) the exclusive realm of technocrats or geophysics experts
The contemporary infrastructural complex of mining, measuring and trading undergrounds depends on software tools for geological data handling, interpretation, and subsurface 3D-vizualisation. Such tools power techno-colonial subsurface exploration with computational techniques and paradigms. In this talk I will present the collaborative work of the *Underground Division* (Helen V. Pritchard, Femke Snelting and Jara Rocha) on the volumetric renderings that figure the so-called earth. Through speculative storying, queer infrastructural analysis and art-based inquiries I will discuss how these volumetrics are made operative by geocomputation, where geocomputation refers to the computational processes that measure, quantify, historicize, visualize, predict, classify, model, and tell stories of spatial and temporal geologic processes. In particular I will discuss what affirmative forms of queering damage, responsibility-taking or not, might be possible within these processes and practices of volumetric regimes.
Dr. Helen V. Pritchard is an associate professor in queer feminist technoscience & digital design at i-DAT, University of Plymouth. Helen’s work considers the impacts of computation on social and environmental justice and how these impacts configure the possibilities for life—or who gets to have a life—in intimate and significant ways. As a practitioner she works together with others to make propositions and designs for computing otherwise. Helen is the co-editor of Data Browser 06: Executing Practices (2018) and Science, Technology and Human Values: Sensors and Sensing Practices (2019). http://www.helenpritchard.info