In Inner Space Outer Space, artist Liliane Lijn speaks with 12 scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, where she was Artist in Residence in 2005 as part of an ACE, NASA, Leonardo Network International Fellowship.
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Starting out as a painter he later changed course and studied physics, mathematics, and philosophy at the Universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. He pursued his graduate research in quantum physics, participating in an experiment considered one of the modern milestones of unifying our everyday intuition with the famously bizarre world of quantum physics. Inspired by his background in science, his work has captured the attention of multiple institutions and collectors in the United States and abroad.
Helen Moore speaks to the artist David Cooper about how art can play a significant role in raising awareness of ecological issues. The interview discusses his surrealist influences and how surrealism can be an effective approach to tackle the issue of climate change
Political film culture in Britain and elsewhere has expanded dramatically in recent years as access to digital technologies have meshed with socio-political, economic and environmental contexts marked by crisis and discontent. Co-founder of the Bristol Radical Film Festival in 2011 and the Radical Film Network in 2013, Steve Presence discusses the relationship between film, politics and the avant-garde.
Helen Moore’s award-winning poem records the mock ecocide trial held at London’s Supreme Court in 2011. The project was initiated by Polly Higgins, an environmental lawyer, barrister and author, as part of the Eradicating Ecocide campaign to make ecocide the fifth international Crime against Peace.
Art activism by Liberate Tate references the growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million (ppm). Steadily increasing since the onset of the industrial revolution, levels now exceed what scientists consider to be a maximum ‘safe’ limit of 350 ppm. This piece also critiques the role of oil companies in contributing to this, and their sponsorship of the arts.
Sculpture, photography, architecture, and biology are some of the disciplines that intersect in Ackroyd & Harvey’s work, revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event and often reflecting urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay. In this exclusive interview they discuss their work and ideas with Helen Moore.
“Take out the dams / stand up to oil / protect the plants and renew the soil / who’s gonna stand up and save the Earth?…..End fracking now / let’s save the water / and build a life for our sons and daughters / This all starts with you and me”.
These are the lyrics to Neil Young’s powerful environmentalist song ‘Whose Gonna Stand Up?’. Listen to it here.
“What is fracking, and why are people so concerned?” Produced in association with Frack Free Somerset, Frances Howe’s brilliantly drawn comic puts you in the picture.
Cynthia Sue Larson Interviews Seán Ó Nualláin