Advertisement

‘Ecosophic Cartographies’ of Mount Pentelicon

  • Maria Mitsoula
Chapter
  • 216 Downloads

Abstract

This chapter emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between Mount Pentelicon and Athens as it draws on the performativity of their material exchange. White marble, the geological matter of Mount Pentelicon, has been persistently called upon to construct the grounds (literally) and the myths of the Athenian metropolis, while the constant quarrying and re-appropriation of the mountain has reinstituted the very ‘materiality’ of that matter. Throughout this chapter, the space between Mount Pentelicon and Athens is re-drawn through marble as a complex historical, social, political, material image-landscape. In re-imaging and re-imagining a (speculative) Attic marble landscape, this chapter moves away from the romantic image of mountain and city to explore the specificity of the Athenian situation—by illustrating an active network of Mount Pentelicon’s marble in Attica that allows for a series of non-linear readings of the relationship between the mountain and the city—and to provide both an elaboration and a testing of Félix Guattari’s notion of ‘ecosophic cartographies’.

Keywords

Mountain and the City Marble Landscapes Representation, Ecology and Cartography 

Bibliography

  1. Bateson, G. (2000). Steps to an ecology of mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  2. Cohen, J. J. (2015). Geophilia, or the love of stone. Continent, 4(2), 8–18.Google Scholar
  3. Corner, J. (1999). The agency of mapping: Speculation, critique and invention. In D. Cosgrove (Ed.), Mappings (pp. 213–252). London: Reaktion Books.Google Scholar
  4. Cosgrove, D. (1984). Social formation and symbolic landscape. Totowa: Barnes and Noble Books.Google Scholar
  5. Curtius, E., & Kaupert, J. A. (1878). Atlas von Athens. http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/curtius1878. Accessed 10 Aug 2013.
  6. Curtius, E., & Kaupert, J. A. (1895–1903). Karten von Attika: Karten. http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/curtius1895a. Accessed 10 Aug 2013.
  7. Deleuze, G. (1988). Foucault (Seán Hand, Trans., & Ed.). London/New York: Continuum.Google Scholar
  8. Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1987). A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia (B. Massumi, Trans.). London/New York: Continuum.Google Scholar
  9. Dorrian, M., & Rose, G. (Eds.). (2003). Deterritorialisations…Revisioning landscapes and politics. London: Black Dog.Google Scholar
  10. Golanda, N., & Kouzoupi, A. (2001). The old quarries of Dionysos, Attica, Greece. Topos, 36, 24–28.Google Scholar
  11. Guattari, F. (1995). Chaosmosis: An ethico-aesthetic paradigm (trans: Bains, P., & Pefanis, J.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Guattari, F. (2000). The three ecologies (trans: Pindar, I., & Sutton, P.). London/New Brunswick: The Athlone Press.Google Scholar
  13. Hoskins, W. G. (1955). The making of the English landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton.Google Scholar
  14. Housefield, J. (2005). The case of Marcel Duchamp: The artist as traveller and geographer. In P. Brooker & A. Thacker (Eds.), Geographies of modernism. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  15. Korres, M. (1995). From Pentelicon to the Parthenon: The ancient quarries and the story of a half-worked column capital of the first marble Parthenon. Athens: Melissa Publishing House.Google Scholar
  16. Livieratos, E., et al. (2013). Karten von Attica: A major German contribution to Greek cartographic heritage and its digital approach. In Manfred Buchroithne (Ed.), Proceedings of the 26th international cartographic conference (pp. 423–447). Germany: International Cartographic Association.Google Scholar
  17. Mitchell, W. J. T. (2002). Landscape and power. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  18. Mitsoula, M. (2014). Attic marble places. https://prezi.com/0tnk3igiumoq/attic-marble-places/. Accessed 26 June 2016.
  19. Mostafavi, M. (2010). Why ecological urbanism? Why now? In M. Mostafavi & G. Doherty (Eds.), Ecological urbanism (pp. 12–51). Baden: Lars Müller and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.Google Scholar
  20. Plantzos, D. (2011). Behold the raking Geison: The new acropolis museum and its context-free archaeologies. Antiquity, 85, 613–630.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Pike, S. (1995). Preliminary results of a systematic characterization study of Mount Pentelikon, Attica, Greece. In M. Schvoerer (Ed.), Archeomateriaux (pp. 165–170). Bordeaux: CRPAA-PUB.Google Scholar
  22. Potts, A. (2000). Flesh and ideal: Winckelmann and the origins of art history. New Haven/London: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  23. Renwick, W. G. (1909). Marble and marble working. In A handbook for architects, sculptors, marble quarry owners and workers, and all engaged in the building and decorative industries. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company.Google Scholar
  24. Robillard, D. (Ed.). (2000). The poems of Herman Melville. Kent/London: The Kent State University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Sanouillet, M., & Peterson, E. (Eds.). (1973). Salt seller: The writings of Marcel Duchamp. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  26. Tinnel, J. (2011). Transversalising the ecological turn: Four components of Félix Guattari’s ecosophic perspective. The Fibreculture Journal, 18, 35–64.Google Scholar
  27. Urry, J. (1990). The tourist gaze. London/New Delhi: SAGE.Google Scholar
  28. Vanneschi, C., et al. (2014). Geological 3D modeling for excavation activity in an underground marble quarry in the Apuan Alps (Italy). Computers and Geosciences, 69, 41–54.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Watson, J. (2012). An energetics of existence: Four quadrants. In F. Guattari (Ed.), Diagrammatic thought: Writing between Lacan and Deleuze (pp. 97–103). London/New Delhi/New York/Sydney: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  30. Wiszniewski, D. (2013). The [Loving] metropolitan landscape and the public-private borderland: Refiguring the field for architecture, landscape and urban design. In S. Serreli (Ed.), City project and public space (pp. 65–83). Dordrecht/Heidelberg/New York/London: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Mitsoula
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghScotland

Personalised recommendations