Featuring – Zaria Forman: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth ; Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change ; Satish Kumar: Soil, Soul and Society ; Sam ‘Ohu Gon III: Lessons from a thousand years of island sustainability ; Tega Brain: Eccentric Engineering: Thoughts for the Anthropocene ; and Francesco Sauro: Deep Under the Earth’s Surface, Discovering Beauty and Science.
Kimberly Thompson is a research assistant in wildlife ecology in the Zuckerberg and Pauli Labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies the impacts of climate change on the subnivium microclimate and the subsequent effects on the wood frog.
As a techno romanticist, Jasmine Targett’s work aims to visually and conceptually investigate ‘blind spots’ in perception, making the void between existence and nature tangible. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work highlights issues surrounding anthropocentrism and the environment.
“We face our humanity and its effect on climate change with a cold stare crafting works that are as emotionally alarming as the hard facts of our scientists.”
Artist, film-maker, writer, curator, and founder and international director of the Cape Farewell project, David Buckland’s focus of enquiry is embedded in what we touch, intellectually and physically.
Curator of ‘eARTh’ for the Royal Academy 2009, U-n-f-o-l-d for Cape Farewell 2010, and Carbon 12 for Paris 2012, he had also produced the films ‘Art from the Arctic’ 2006 for the BBC and ‘Burning Ice’ for Sundance, 2010.
In 2001 he created and now directs the international Cape Farewell project – www.capefarewell.com. Bringing artists, visionaries, scientists and educators together, Cape Farewell continues to build an international collective awareness and the cultural response to climate disruption.
Heather Davis is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University where she researches the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. She is the co-editor (with Etienne Turpin) of ‘Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies’ (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and ‘Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada’ (MAWA/McGill Queen’s UP, forthcoming 2017).
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
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.
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.
Filmed in Balcombe at the controversial Cuadrilla fracking site in West Sussex, Seize the Day’s ‘Frakka Hakka’ song is performed by the band and protestors at the Balcombe Community Defenders Camp.
“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.