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Climate Futures: A 360 mapping experience of Montreal under Climate Change


Climate Futures: A 360 mapping experience of Montreal under Climate Change

Redden, Rebeccah (2022) Climate Futures: A 360 mapping experience of Montreal under Climate Change. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The planet is facing massive climate change effects; Canada itself is warming at an unprecedented rate in comparison to the rest of the world. However as inland populations living in Montreal, we don’t often see these effects day-to-day. In addition, the media surrounding the future is often saturated with images of climate apocalypse that annihilate us. This makes it increasingly difficult to visualize a world that isn’t hopeless, and how we will survive in climate change. In this research-creation project, I question if there are hands-on methods to visualize a future world, where we thrive despite, and alongside, climate challenges. This research-creation project looks at the interacting aspects of climate change, critical mapping, speculative futurisms, and marginalized community voices through the creation of a ‘future map’ of Montreal. To explore this, I collect interviews from 6 community members/activists and render their visions into 360 images built into a digital map. I provide context with theories of world-building, mapping, and the creation process itself, bringing to life the participants’ visions of the future. I then describe how marginalized viewpoints and anti-oppressive frameworks build a better, tangible vision of tomorrow. I use the concept of remediation to explain the process of building futures in order to ‘fix’ society. To summarize, a critical mapping and 360 experience of Montreal under climate change will increase the body of work on climate change projection from a community perspective, and explore more embodied, hopeful, and grounded experience of climate futures.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Redden, Rebeccah
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:30 August 2022
Thesis Supervisor(s):Renzi, Alessandra
Keywords:Climate change, critical mapping, 360 images, afro/indigenous/climate futurism, new media, research-creation, place-based affect and embodiment, remediation
ID Code:991005
Deposited By: Rebeccah Redden
Deposited On:27 Oct 2022 14:07
Last Modified:27 Oct 2022 14:07


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