Ecological design futures: Ecoscenography in the age of climate change

By tanjabeer In 2014, I published an article in the Blue Pages entitled, “Green Is the New Black”[1], highlighting the opportunities that sustainability can bring to the performing arts. I wrote about the possibilities of ecological design that were already emerging, including bicycle-powered shows, edible stages and body suits that captured kinetic energy. At the time, sustainability and

Cultural Adaptations conference goes digital!

We are excited to announce that the Cultural Adaptations conference, taking place 2-5 March 2021 will be delivered completely online, widening the opportunities for participation from around the world. Due to the ongoing uncertainty and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, organisations and nations, we are adapting our plans to reflect these circumstances. We

Wild Authors: Pitchaya Sudbanthad

By Mary Woodbury For this post, we are fortunate to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to explore Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s Bangkok Wakes to Rain, published by Riverhead Books (US, 2020) and Sceptre (UK, 2019). In 2019, Bangkok Wakes to Rain was selected as a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First

A Meditation on Place to Cure “Nature Deficit Disorder”

State of Nature: Picturing Indiana BiodiversityOlivia Ann Carye Hallstein It’s quite a treat to see an art exhibition (online), which encourages an immersive experience at the interstice of the sciences and the arts. State of Nature, on view at The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington through November 18, 2020, presents artworks juxtaposed with artifacts

Jason Davis Merges Climate Stories with Original Compositions

By Peterson Toscano Joining us in the Art House is musician and composer Jason Davis. Jason curates The site hosts videos from people all over the world. They reveal the impacts of climate change in their lives, and how they are responding. Jason takes some of these stories and composes music to accompany them. You

ecoartspace: member exhibitions

The Day After Tomorrow: Art in Response to Turmoil and Hope is a group exhibition including Constance Mallinson. Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah. Through December 19, 2020. Online 360 Matterport viewing and audio tour.  State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity is a group exhibition including Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris. Ezkenazi School of Architecture and Design, Indiana

Water Worlds

By Susan Hoffman Fishman Catherine Nelson is an Australian photographer who creates complex, imaginary natural worlds using digital technology and animation. After earning her Art Education degree in painting at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, she worked for a number of years as a visual effects artist in the film and television industry until

An Interview with Alexandra Chang

By Amy Brady Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve loved the fall. The wool sweaters, the turning leaves, the pumpkins – autumn is about as cozy as it gets. I hope that wherever this post reaches you, you’re enjoying something like coziness and comfort. Of course, the world beyond my warm and cozy

Australia’s First NAIDOC Minecraft Education Challenge

This NAIDOC week (8 – 15 November 2020) over 1000 students across 25 schools have participated in Australia’s first NAIDOC Minecraft Education Challenge to explore the question: “How might we build sustainable schools, cities, towns or communities in 2030 using Indigenous science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)?” Anchored in this year’s National NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was.

Book Review: Earth Emotions

Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World by Glenn A. Albrecht Albrecht, who is an Australian professor, environmental philosopher and farmer, diagnosing the condition of despair afflicting people around the world. He coined the now widely recognized term solastalgia —a homesickness for the place you love as it is desolated before your eyes. The

Guest blog: Film production in the time of COVID

In this guest blog, filmmaker Janine Finlay tells us about adapting her production process in the face of a pandemic while working as an embedded artist with the Decoupling Advisory Group established by Zero Waste Scotland. Storytelling is ultimately heroes and villains, rises and falls. During the pandemic we’ve had all of these things – but,

tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, November 1910am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC Kim Abeles, Joshua Kochis, Linda MacDonald, Carolyn Monastra  The beauty and mystery of trees has long been a subject for artists, and more recently, concern for the survival of forests (the lungs of our planet) has been paramount. Each month, artists


The ecoartspace online + billboard fall 2020 exhibition titled ecoconsciousness which launched back in September with an interactive catalogue, also includes billboards placed along Interstate 49 in Missouri near the state lines of Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Over 150 artists applied to the juried show, many with the hope to be selected for the billboards. However, of

Opportunity: EIB Artist Development Programme 2021

Under 35s, apply now for the EIB Artists Development Programme 2021 The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is looking for emerging European artists and collectives to join the 2020 edition of its Artists Development Programme (ADP),a six to eight week residency programme in Luxembourg, under the mentorship of renowned Finnish photographer, Jorma Puranen. The EIB launched two calls for applicationstargeting visual artists (EU nationals, under 35

Wild Authors: Chen Qiufan

By Mary Woodbury For this post, we travel to a fictional place in China called Silicon Isle, based on the real town of Guiyu, in the Chaoyang district of Guangdong province. Author Chen Qiufan takes us there with his novel Waste Tide. I am grateful to Chen for answering my questions about the book and for telling

Deep Mapping Lough Boora – artists and peatlands

with additional writing by Gill Fremantle Tim Collins and Reiko Goto Collins have spent the past year visiting the Midlands of Eire undertaking a Deep Mapping of Lough Boora. The thing they were invited to visit is a twenty-year old Sculpture Park looking for a new direction. The resulting publication By Collis and Goto is intended

About converted

By Claude Schryer I admire the work and commitment of Artists & Climate Change and have been waiting for the right content and moment to make a contribution. I proposed recently that they republish my September 19, 2020, converted blog, which explores the idea of “preaching to the converted,” and includes reflections on deficit preaching and issues

Wild Authors: Andrew Krivak

By Mary Woodbury  For this post, the Wild Authors series travels back to North America as I talk with Andrew Krivak, author of The Bear. Andrew tells me that though the entire setting is fictional, the landscape of the novel was inspired by the mountains and woods around Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. Thanks so very much

Cultivating Change by Integrating Drama: A Classroom Experience

By Daniel A. Kelin, II During the eighth session of my ten-session residency with a combined 5th and 6th grade class, I asked the students to find new partners. As a small class in a modest-sized, rural charter school in Hawaii, choosing partners generally meant returning to favorites. In this eighth session, however, one boy

Learning with Every Body’s Whole Body

By Clare Fisher PEDAGOGICAL APPROACHES TO TEACHING THE ARTS WITH CLIMATE CHANGE In my last post, I describe the (not quite) theory of teaching the arts with climate change as a monster: one which, in being unafraid to conjoin multiple and even contradictory forms of knowledge, treads new intellectual and creative ground. Here, I’ll focus on the