Shadow Trace to Shadow Mapping:

a mode of eco-affective aesthetics for the Anthropocene-in-the-making.*

Louise Boscacci 2011–2013, A Souvenir of Sunny Zincland (Shadows Trace Project)
Louise Boscacci 2011–2013, ‘A Souvenir of Sunny Zincland (Shadows Trace Project)’. Vintage folding postcard, aerial digital photographs, dimensions variable.
Louise Boscacci 2011–2016, Shadow Trace to Shadow Mapping
Louise Boscacci 2011–2016, ‘Shadows Trace to Shadow Mappings, Part II’. Digital image.

This project is a continuing trace of finding, naming, visualising, mapping, and sounding 122 shadow places of the tropical port place of Townsville, Australia. The research trace began in 2011. A once invisible and unknown network of material-capital interconnections, mineral mobilities and ecological interrelatedness is disclosed and described. New embodied stories are emerging” (Boscacci 2016).

This is an extract from my roundtable presentation at:


 Global Ecologies – Local Impacts pdf 2016 (SEI/ Aslec-ANZ)

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture, Australia & New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ) in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI). University of Sydney, 23 – 25 November 2016.


*Originally presented as: Shadow Trace to Shadow Mapping: An eco-affective pathway for the creative critical environmental humanities.


Extract of Program











2019 update:  connect this with

Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation, the forthcoming anthology edited by Benek Cincik and Tiago Torres-Campos (dpr-barcelona, 2020),

In this book, I give an update of this Shadow Places research project begun in 2011 -which will continue to unfold as a lifelong project.


* The term Anthropocene-in-the-making is proposed by Kathyrn Yusoff in A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (2019).


© Louise Boscacci 2011-2030