The question of what artists do is a subject of interest for ecoartscotland and we’d like to highlight two pieces of evidence.
The first is the submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Energy Subsidies in the UK. This submission has been made by PLATFORM who’s strap line is arts, activism, education and research. PLATFORM understand these aspects of their practice as a collective to be integral to each other, and that artists should engage with public policy and politics. The public hearing was broadcast by the UK Parliament and you can watch it here. PLATFORM understand this to be part of the programme of a social and environmental arts organisations.
The second is the essay on biodiversity by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, which although it includes a number of their texts/poems and references their images, is a strategic argument about biodiversity and land management. It offers a set of conceptual tools that they have used for conceiving of ways to build stability in biodiversity, using economic, cultural and conceptual arguments. The Harrisons also believe that it is the role of artists to engage with public policy and politics.