Divided We Fall: Reflections on Linguistic Conflict in Giancarlo Abrahan’s Play ‘Whistler’

By Camille Cuzzupoli Language is a gift. We don’t often think about what a marvel it is that someone can say “I feel hungry” and another person can understand their exact set of emotions based only on that tiny combination of words. Language is one of the most important mechanisms in fostering understanding between humans.

Opening event for Pilgrimage to COP26

In response to the climate crisis the Pilgrimage to COP26, starting events in Dunbar on 17th Oct. The Pilgrimage to COP26 will be at the heart of our celebration in Dunbar from 2pm to 9pm on 17th Oct. There will be family fun around many environmental activities with Rowanbank Arts, workshops to grind flour with pedal

Member Spotlight: Lauren Bon

This week we recognize the work of artist Lauren Bon of Metabolic Studio. Featured is her current project, Bending the River Back Into the City, which will divert water from the Los Angeles River through a wetland and cleaning facility and into Metabolic Studio on North Spring Street. Once the water meets regulatory requirements for cleanliness, it will be distributed through subterranean irrigation to Los Angeles

An Interview with Author Alexandra Kleeman

By Amy Brady This month, I have for you an interview with an author who’s been involved on the climate front in numerous ways. Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine), an Assistant Professor at the New School, has worked with Writers Rebel NYC and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Climate Reads series. Her latest

Not My Leader

By Joan Sullivan What kind of “leader” would – on the very same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most dire climate assessment to date – obfuscate (once again) his government’s purchase of a controversial oil pipeline expansion as a way to generate revenue to “achieve its long-term climate objectives?” What kind of “leader”

A Climate Advocate Encourages Herself by Writing a Children’s Story

By Peterson Toscano Over 10 years ago, Eli Sparks was struggling to make sense of climate change. She said: …that summer in Virginia was insanely hot. I remember being in the community pool and when I popped my head out of the water, the water evaporated so quickly I felt downright cold! I also remember

Journey Toward a Turning Point

By Jenny Blazing Over the past decade, we have witnessed a proliferation of climate-related disasters across the world. Storms have become stronger, wildfires more intense. Sea ice is melting at a higher rate as the earth grows hotter. Each of these problems alone endangers human welfare. Together, they represent an existential threat. Scientists often describe

Grace Grothaus’ Sun Eaters

Interviewer: Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein Grace Grothaus creates immersive environments using computational media revolving around subjects related to the global climate crisis. Finding incredible intersections between technologies and the environment, she uses computational methods to aid the visualization and understanding of human impacts. In her recent work Sun Eaters, Grace has rewired ECG sensors to

Member Spotlight: Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris

This week we recognize the work of artists Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris. Featured is their installation work Eclipse,  installed as a part of an exhibition titled Cross Pollination at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY, May 9 – November 1, 2020. Eclipse is an act of commemoration for a lost species: the passenger pigeon, whose once massive population went extinct 100 years

Laurie Lambrecht at Water Mill Center

Review by James FitzGerald The sun is descending over a landscape that, at first glance, resembles many on the East End of Long Island: stands of oak and pitch pine, an understory of moss and blueberry, and yellow farm fields peeping through the trunks. However, a closer look reveals that this is no ordinary woodland.

The Last Ones Standing

By Susan Hoffman Fishman Many artists have begun making work related to the climate crisis in recent years. But Australian visual artist Penelope Davis decided to address the subject eight years ago. Originally trained as a photographer with a portfolio including mainly camera-less photographs, she turned to sculpture and the looming environmental disaster after observing her first

Member Spotlight: John Sabraw

This week we recognize the work of artist John Sabraw. “Art is the mechanism through which I explore the fundamental metaphysical dilemmas we face as a conscious species. No medium or mode is unconsidered when attacking this pursuit. I look for idiosyncratic connections between things, the compression of time and distance, the glory of our universe,

Energy Transition Artists at COP26

By Joan Sullivan Some personal news:  Yesterday, Climate Visuals and TED Countdown announced the 100 winning photographsof their recent Open Call for Photography: Visualizing Climate Change. These photographs will be showcased at the TED Countdown Summit 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland, from October 12-15, 2021. Afterwards, they will travel to Glasgow from November 1-12 for a photo exhibition at the make-or-break COP26, supported by Scottish Power. I am

conscient podcast blog, September 2021

This post is also available in: French Season 3 of the conscient podcast starts on October 1, 2021.  It has taken me a while to decide what to do in season 3, given that so much ground was covered in the 41 conversations (31 in English and 10 in French) of season 2 and that I wanted to

Interview with Jimmy Fike – Gastro Obscura

by Anne Ewbank Jimmy Fike is on his way to a campsite when I call him. “Jeez, a lady almost hit me. I’m driving,” he says offhandedly. But unlike most of us, if Fike’s car broke down or if he wandered a bit too far from his campsite, he could likely eat his way back to civilization.

Eco-Grief: Our Greatest Ally?

By Jennifer Atkinson If you suffer from climate grief, you know what it’s like to feel hopeless, alone, or bewildered by society’s business-as-usual response to our existential threat. Wanting those feelings to go away is normal, but grief can lead to awareness and compassion in ways that actually advance political action and climate solutions. Paradoxically,

Member Spotlight: Mimi Graminski

AUGUST 16, 2021 This week we recognize the work of artist Mimi Graminski. “The majority of materials in these works are inspired by and derived from plant-based sources, all of which stem from the process of photosynthesis – creating energy, nourishment and growth from light. In my work I am using materials that were all born from this

Ecological Art and Black Americans’ Relationships to the Land

Ecological Art and Black Americans’ Relationships to the Land A Review Essay by Mary Jo Aagerstoun, PhD Hood, Walter, and Grace Mitchell Tada, eds. Black Landscapes Matter. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020. 200 pages. Color and black and white illustrations. $35 (paperback) Taylor, Dorceta E. Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility. New York:

Opportunity: Preserving Pasts, Imagining Futures

Encouraging people to get creative and share visions of a changing Scotland in the run-up to COP26. In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, 31st October-12th November 2021 (COP26), the National Galleries of Scotland and National Library of Scotland are inviting visitors to respond creatively to works from the national collections to visualise how Scotland

Conscient Podcast: e61 sokoloski – from research to action

I think that there needs to be greater capacity within the art sector for research to action. When I say that the art sector itself needs to be driving policy. We need to have the tools, the understanding, the training, the connections to truly impact policy and one thing that Mass Culture is really focused on at