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Exercising Uncertainty: Aesthetic Renderings of Future Emergencies

  • Nathaniel O’Grady
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Abstract

The book turns in this chapter to consider the FRS’ use of training exercises in which potential future fire emergencies are simulated in order to both assess and redevelop response protocols. Exercises show how forms of knowledge I describe as aesthetic are now crucial for making sense of and imagining future emergencies around which governing techniques need to be tailored. Instead of merely being calculated through algorithmically based analytic processes confined to the functioning of computer-human interaction, future emergencies are performed in exercises through, and on, the bodies of exercise participants. This chapter shows how aesthetics allows the FRS to think of future fire emergencies that might be described as uncertain and less linked to fires that have taken place in the past. In turn, the chapter evaluates the affect that aesthetics and a drive towards governing futures recognised as uncertain has in terms of the development of new protocols through which future emergencies are attended to when they unravel in real time.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathaniel O’Grady
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  1. 1.Geography and Environmental ManagementUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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