AN ALTERNATIVE GREENHOUSE FARMING ENERGY CULTURE
For this workshop-based project, I will work with farmers from Leibei, a village in Northwest China, to present a design and history workshop plan. Participants of all ages and professions will be welcomed, but we target the main participants as the farmers and policymakers in the village. The workshop will be organized by co-designing a smaller-scale greenhouse. Borrowing Bruno Latour’s sociological thought experiment, we treat the greenhouse as a laboratory to seek alternative energy production and consumption in rural China.
A Greenhouse is an “energy object”—it embodies energy, mediates temperature, contains technology, requires technique, and has politics. For the Intersecting Energy Cultures workshop and future events, I propose a history and design-based workshop on greenhouse farming at the village of Leibei, China.
About the Team
Yandong Li is a PhD student at the University of Washington’s department of cinema and media studies and the graduate program in science, technology, and society studies. He works on the intersections of technology, design, environment, and media theory.