At så et frø i byens rum: En undersøgelse af subjektiveringsdannelse igennem arbejdet med byhaver i det offentlige rum

Mette Nelund

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

Sowing a Seed in the City studies a form of local activism, present in many cities of the global north, which addresses the global climate crisis through urban gardening. This thesis asks for at better understanding of how the tactile process of gardening constitutes the urban gardener politically, ethically and with regards to the senses. Focusing on one case study, Byhaven2200 in Copenhagen, the thesis treats tow main problems. First, with the help of the methodological tool for the political and sensed experience, the thesis analyzes the processes of subjectification urban gardeners go through. Second, the thesis use Jacques Ranciere’s aesthetic and political notion of a (re) distribution of the sensible to study how urban gardeners relate to nature, themselves and the global climate crisis. This research is thus different from earlier investigations of the topic, which on the one hand focus on urban gardening as a tool for establishing collectives and social integration (Boulianne et al., 2010; Cérézuelle and Le Formal, 1990; Ferris et al., 2001; Holland, 2004) or on the other hand understand urban gardening through its spatial, social and physical characteristics (Ernwein 2014; Kurtx 2013) (Ernwein, 2014: 77). The thesis concludes that Byhaven2200 can be considered an economic heterotopia, where the process of subjectification happens through a politically sensed experience of nature. This experience creates a new kind of sociality, a new kind of economy and a new form of life. However, there is also an inherent contradiction between capitalist and existential concepts, between pre-­‐modern nostalgia and a modern dynamic understanding of life, between local democracy and temporal collectives and between metaphors of nature and society. But the thesis shows that the urban gardeners attempt to unite these contradictions through their politically sensed work with Byhaven2200. Moreover, the articulations of what nature, human being and collective mean help the urban gardeners to reconsider their relationship with nature, themselves and the global climate crisis. In other words, Byhaven2200 embodies a potential for a distribution of the sensible in public space.

EducationsMSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2014
Number of pages82