Chantelle Mitchell & Jaxon Waterhouse 



Ecological Gyre Theory


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Ecological Gyre Theory

Ecological Gyre Theory operates as both object of study and method of study, one reflective to our current critical context.  In presenting our theory we work across, around and into contemporary ecological and Anthropocene discourse to reframe possibilities of knowing and being within a vortextual frame. Located within wet/sea ontologies, the gyre is volumetric space, a vessel for reworlding and, in a Guattarian fashion, transversalising between epistemologies. As a methodology, ecological gyre theory endorses volumetric thought within a tidalectic view, as terrestrial fixity/dialectics is countered by whorling forces that both enable and produce destabilised possibilities of being. Further, we propose it as a way to make sense of and work within that which remains, eddies, flows and whorls amidst continued acceleration and destabilisation.

EGT has been presented in various forms at the following: 

‘Ecological Gyre Theory: vortextual thinking after the ecological turn’, conference paper, ANU Humanities Research Centre Annual Conference, December 2019.

Ecological Gyre Theory’, WRITING&CONCEPTS lecture series, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2020.