Aster Hoving, originally from the Netherlands, is a doctoral researcher in Environmental Humanities with the Greenhouse Center for Environmental Humanities at the University of Stavanger, Norway. She is currently in the second year of her PhD research, in which she compares how energy companies, scientists, and artists engage with the ocean’s energies. Previously, Aster studied at Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam, the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University. Her master’s thesis was awarded the Faculty of Humanities UvA Thesis Prize 2021. Aster’s published work can be found on the website Environmental History Now (2021) and in the print collection Solarities (forthcoming 2023).
Ocean waves in art, industry, and science
During her EARTH Scholarship exchange, Aster will be based at the University of Glasgow to investigate waves as aesthetic, economic, and scientific resources. Her project is interested in how the ephemeral nature of waves is mediated in ecological and technological objects, particularly seashells and wave energy converters. As an island with extensive coastlines, Scotland’s rich ocean cultures are foundational to her project, which includes plenty of on-site fieldwork. Through this fieldwork across Scotland, at an artistic research hub, a marine energy centre, and a scientific museum, Aster aims to make interdisciplinary and methodological advances in the environmental arts and humanities.