Introduction: Artistic cartographies and design explorations towards the pluriverse

Satu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo Dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents the idea of the pluriverse as one that acknowledges non-humans and treats nature as an equal ‘coauthor’ in the artistic process. It describes arts-based methods as facilitating the mapping and understanding of the human experience and thus offering new materialities for the youth to participate in processes driving for social change. The book explores speculative scenarios of the future of artistic research through an autoethnographic analysis of several case studies from diverse contexts based on a pluriversal approach to research practice, including technology, nature, humans and non-humans. It discusses public art as a way of presenting, redefining and expressing Arctic pluralism in Finnish Lapland. The book argues that recognising and celebrating knowledge plurality is necessary for greater university—community permeability, reciprocity and transformation and that design may be especially well positioned to foster such epistemic plurality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic Cartography and Design Explorations Towards the Pluriverse
EditorsSatu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-28517-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-24516-4, 978-1-032-25823-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
MoEC publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies


  • art-based method
  • design
  • pluralism
  • pluriverse
  • social change

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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