GSA / 2021
Collection of Habitats, Masters’ Thesis Project
Covert Ecologies is a series of habitats which explore mutualistic relationships between insects, humans and the urban environment. Built from scavenged local materials, they represent a reconstructed landscape of meaning.
- Heavily influenced by their surroundings in Glasgow, the habitats act as a tool for placemaking and challenging binaries, facilitating wider discussions about belonging, privilege and locality. Together they trace paths between small-scale activities and local agency to wider cultural changes in the face of an increasingly hostile climate.
- By looking at the perils, but also unintentional opportunities, or niches, created by our urban landscapes for other species, we can ask where the future balance of power lies in the spaces we cohabit, as well as new pathways towards future representation and collaborative survival.
- By embracing, but also confronting shared themes of nostalgia and disintegration of identity and value, these speculative habitats attempt to make peace with the past by offering a hopeful future.