Field Re-mediations, with The Cybernetics Library


This project was initiated by a workshop and installation at the Queens Museum May 6- May 13, 2018.

Field Re-Mediations is a library of objects and ideas that facilitates re-framing cultural practices that underlie environmental degradation, and arise from particular shared representations of nature.

The term remediation is initially encountered as applied to the repair of damaged, polluted environments. In its expanded form, re-mediation implicates the usually hidden operations of representation in the process of human-environment interactions. Our project is thus a re-representation of Mel Chin’s Revival Field, a field test of phytoremediation technique which uses live plants for soil cleanup, as a system for constructing meaning from engagements between organisms, objects, and environments.

Our re-mediation field is a library, both a physical collection of books and objects, and a cybernetic system that adapts to the addition of new objects and responds to the patterns of its use. It is organized into remediation sites: narrative frames collected by us, suggested by participants, and contributed remotely. The work of re-mediation is done as meaning is created from new configurations of materials and ideas, through three roles visitors can enact: Writers, Readers, and Librarians.

Field Re-Mediations is a collaboration by Queens Museum Studio Program artist in residence Karolina Sobecka and The Cybernetics Library.

The Cybernetics Library is: Sarah Hamerman, David Isaac Hecht, Dan Taeyoung, Charles Eppley, Sam Hart, Melanie Hoff: