Tidal time and the mud archive

Judith, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2021-9830 (2021) Tidal time and the mud archive. In: 2nd International Temporal Belongings Conference: The Material Life of Time, 15-17 Mar 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Mangroves are different worlds at different times during the tidal cycle. Each turn of the tide shifts the processes, relations and behaviours here, re-mattering the estuary in a lunar metamorphosis. The mangrove world lives by tidal change and regularity, incorporating it in a literal, embodied sense. The urban mangroves I have been working with accumulate much of the detritus of the city, and mix it, rhythmically, with unravelling stories from the sea. The mud here is an archive of the city, but undone and reorganised through a more-than-human sorting by tide, flood, gravity and life’s movements. Bodies and stories from the city and from the sea transform as they move through the bodies of filter-feeders and are gathered up by crabs and tree roots, becoming undone from their prior meanings. If before these things achieved meaningfulness through their usefulness to human thriving, now new stories emerge from tidal sortings as silica is sucked into clam, microplastic comes up against oyster, petrochemical nudges mangrove root. This paper explores a more-than-human, semioticmaterial ontology that traces the becomings of criteria through the filter-feeding of oysters.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 04:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 06:11
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42478

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