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Beyond the Grid: The Economics of the Golden Apple Snail
Josie Beardsmore (RA)

The Golden Apple Snail is considered one of the worlds worst invasive species, wreaking havoc in established ecosystems across the globe. In each case however, the catalyst for their intrusion is human interference. In Taiwan, the snails were deliberately relocated from their native home in South America to be farmed for food. On the southern coast of Spain, they were cultivated for aquariums. My research argues that because of the mechanisms that brought the snails to distant lands and the influence they have on local understandings of value and worth it is impossible to separate them from global economic systems.


Digital Hearing: Detainee Testimony Through Videolink
Woodren Brade (RA)

The majority of UK immigration bail hearings are conducted through the use of videolink technology. Detainees remain in the space of detention and are digitally transported to the space of their hearing. The digital becomes the connector and translator between the space of the detention centre and the space of the courtroom -- the pivot between hearing and deportation. My research examines how videolink and digital image transmission expedite the system of deportation. Through the lens of the screen, I explore the layers of structural violence that exist within the UK judicial system.


Digital Hearing: Detainee Testimony Through Videolink
Woodren Brade (RA)

The majority of UK immigration bail hearings are conducted through the use of videolink technology. Detainees remain in the space of detention and are digitally transported to the space of their hearing. The digital becomes the connector and translator between the space of the detention centre and the space of the courtroom -- the pivot between hearing and deportation. My research examines how videolink and digital image transmission expedite the system of deportation. Through the lens of the screen, I explore the layers of structural violence that exist within the UK judicial system.


E-Waste
Isabel ‘Kiki’ Mager (RA)


The Battle for the Den: unravelling the Real Estate State in South Bermondsey
Ross McKendrick (RA)

In October 2019, after a three year-long legal battle, Lewisham Council voted to expunge a Compulsory Purchase Order which would see land leased to Millwall Football Club sold to developer Renewal. My research aims to expose and analyse those processes through an investigation of the Real Estate State -- the individuals, bodies, organisations, and legal entities, which are committed to fixing capital in various spatial forms; but also to offer a vision of how the space which is subject to this redevelopment can be utilised in the interests of those people whose culture is most at risk of erasure.


Seedbanking
Lou Moria (RA)


On Sounding a Granular Terraforming

Natalia Orendain del Castillo (RA)

In 2019, the Marine Management Organisation granted a permit to allow the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 2,000,000 tons of marine aggregate out of the Goodwin Sands, for a land reclamation project. Designated a Marine Conservation Zone, it is the home of benthic communities, a resting place for seals and birds. I claim that due to its submerged and dynamic nature, the constitution and equilibrium of the Goodwin Sands are illegible and in need of translation. There is a need to find alternative aesthetic forms to address the dredging effects, appealing to the larger ecosystem that the sands support.


Overt Obfuscation: The ‘alt-right’ Language of Ambiguity
Imogen Piper (RA)

The term ‘alt-right’ is itself indistinct. A Lacanian psychoanalytic approach would suggest an indissoluble link between the subject and such narratives; the unconscious revealing itself through metonymy and metaphor. This Lacanian approach is one of an assemblage of counter-ambiguous strategies I am seeking to establish that confront the mode of communication that is the ‘alt-right’. Devising diagrammatic and linguistic methodologies from an array of disciplines, I attempt to counter the reductivism of discriminatory rhetoric with strategies of inclusive complexity; posing the question of how to confront ‘alt-right’ semiotics, whilst also generating creative but potentially applicable means of opposition.


Echo Hearding
George Ridgway (RA)

Through a series of case studies my research examines the multispecies assemblages of Chalk Downland ecosystem in North Dorset, England and sonic herding relations; bat ecologies and the biotic life that inhabits the Mesopelagic zone of the oceans. I use these nodes as departure points to investigate how sonic and social morphologies have spatial affect, and how they shape ontologies. The entire acoustic realm for instance is coded and organised anthropocentrically around the perceptual capacities of the human ear. In light of this I am interested in understanding how Ecological Breakdown and Neoliberal Capitalist hegemony implements it own acoustic territories.


Syria’s Urbicides: Urban Materialities Of Demographic Engineering
Leila Sibai (RA)

Using a combination of remote sensing, GIS mapping, and open-source investigative tools, my research aims to identify urban technologies employed in the collective (un)making of political subjects by looking at the material and spatial transformations that took place in sites of political opposition in the Syrian city of Homs and the suburbs of Damascus during two key moments of violence: military offensive and so-called ‘post-conflict reconstruction’. The methodologies used to conduct this research reflect two critical elements of my research, the different scales of the dynamics I am looking into and lack of physical access.