The Distance Plan, Journal Issue 4, 2016

Ordinary Knowledge Defined by Laura Adler, December 1, 2016

This issue features artist pages by Louise Menzies and Michala Paludan, an essay by Lina Moe on the closure of New York's L Line, and, through our ongoing Climate Change & Art: A Lexicon, surveys the language currently surrounding anthropogenic climate change. Through proposing neologisms and promoting less well-known terms, we wish to propel interdisciplinary discussion, and by extension accelerate the pace of action.

Through this lexicon we propose that the science around climate change is developing so rapidly that we need new language to articulate its processes and effects. The lexicon is also based on the recognition that evolving science produces evolving policy, and politics must be commensurate with this. The first set of lexicon terms were collected in the Reading Room journal in 2014 and can be found on this site. The terms in this current issue have been developed and defined by the credited authors, as well as by The Distance Plan while in residence at The Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK).