Opinion editorial: Alien Energy

The Energy Walk was more than just a proverbial eye-opener: it was an aesthetic experience. During launch day of the project, an elderly participant was overcome with emotions as she proclaimed her joy at the way that the researchers had captured her understanding of living at the “edge”, i.e. in the countryside. As she was crying tears of joy, the researchers considered what this meant for their work. It is most likely not the case, but I like to imagine those two things happening simultaneously. They had set out to create awareness of infrastructures, but had gone beyond that. The walk touched the imaginations of the walkers in ways that surprised the walkers as much as the researchers. An imaginative space of sorts had come into existence, one that was employed to consider both the current and future outlook of the Danish edge-landscape.