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Dancing on the Grave of Industry: Wenders, Bausch & the Affective Re-performance of Environmental History

October 11, 2016 | Jeremy Foster

Seasons March, scene from Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011)

As an architect and landscape architect with a PhD in humanistic geography, Jeremy Foster is interested in the opportunities built environments—simultaneously, assemblages of material processes and practices, spaces of representation, and vehicles of discourse—offer for transdisciplinary study. He has worked professionally as both architect and landscape architect, and taught at several universities. At Cornell, in addition to design studios addressing the social, environmental, and infrastructural challenges of contemporary cities, he has taught courses on the history and theory of landscape and urban design; on the interplay between cultural representations and material practices in the shaping of cities, landscapes, and territories; and most recently, on the temporal, performative and “more-than-representational” aspects of place. His research focuses on the diverse ways landscapes are imaginatively mobilized to project emergent ideas of culture, nature, and citizenship during periods of social and political transition. In addition to his book Washed with Sun: Landscape and the Making of White South Africa (Pittsburgh, 2008), Foster has published in Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Historical Geography, Cultural Geographies, Safundi, Gender Place and Culture, Journal of Landscape Architecture, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Forthcoming pieces will appear in volumes of Architecture and its Geographical Horizons  (ed. R. Quek), Women, Modernity and Landscape Architecture (ed. S. Duempelmann), and Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa  (ed. J. Beardsley).