Meadow conservation experts.
Kalle Hamm, Irmeli Kokko and Kati Roover.
Professor Emeritus Ilppo Vuorinen and the archive of research tools. Photos Taru Elfving.

Spectres of Landings II


The retreat focused attention on the entwined histories and futures of humans, sheep and cows, plankton and herring, ticks and endangered meadow plants in the ecosystems of the archipelago, where the shorelines and salinity of water are in a ceaseless flux, made increasingly unpredictable today by climate change. How do we bring our methodologies – in all their senses and sensibilities – to this island, to the encounters with its ecosystem, history and the various fields of knowledge and ongoing research there?

The discussions kept on returning to the significance of fieldwork. What may be lost when fieldwork becomes automated and the scientists retreat to the labs? How does this affect observations and hypotheses, when there is no longer time to embed oneself in the studied environment? How do not only the tools of study, but also the knowledge and skills integral to
the use of these tools, transform together with the research methodologies? Furthermore, what are the values, priorities and arguments driving these changes – in art and science as well as in other areas of the everyday?

Thank you for all the participants of the retreat: Ilppo Vuorinen and Jasmin Inkinen of the Archipelago Research Institute, FRAUD (Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo), Kati Roover, Kalle Hamm, Irmeli Kokko, and Lotta Petronella and Taru Elfving of CAA.