About the talk

Emily Segal suggests a reinterpretation for the term “countryside”. According to Segal, it does not mark the absence of the urban, and rural regions are no more part of the countryside than deserts or jungles. Instead, the idea of the countryside is a mental projection. In this imagined place, the fear of the unknown and the future could be embraced. Her approach to the countryside is influenced by science fiction literature.

“The countryside is a dream of coherence – it is a false coherence projected onto a very real landscape.”

— Emily Segal