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The Hollywood Story

April 1, 2013

The Hollywood Story : An Eco-Social Art Practice | Co. Carlow Ireland

Over the years, I have learned the most about Close-to-Nature, continuous cover, permanent forestry management from lessons in the forest itself.

This has helped enormously when I began to think about transforming our small 25 yr old conifer plantation into a permanent forest. In fact, its only from professional foresters eyes that I began to really ‘see’ and understand the subtle yet important soil, light, tree-growing dynamics occurring in forests; dynamics one needs to understand if one if hoping to help develop and maintain a vibrant forest community long into the future.

In the last 5 or so years, I have been on many such days hosted and organised by ProSilva Ireland, a member organisation of  the 26 country organisation that makes up ProSilva Europe (prosilva is Latin ‘for the forests’ – and is easily understood across the many languages of Europe).

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December 24, 2012

Making It Real: from data visualisations to time streams

November 15, 2012

[repost from an e-artnow mailing]

This symposium (open to fifty attendees) will present work resulting from an innovative collaboration between artists in UK and Brazil and technologists working in the Digital Economy funded Horizon Hub at University of Nottingham, in collaboration with scientists at the UK Met Office and biologists at the Rio de Janeiro Jardin Botanico and schools and local communities in both UK and Brazil.It will showcase the work of Active Ingredient an award-winning arts organisation which has been working closely with computer scientists in the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham as well as with Silvia Leal, an artist living in Rio de Janeiro.

Together they have built a new platform which they wish to open for use by other artists and researchers which is called Timestreams and which allows for sensory interaction and data collection in local environments which can then be networked and shared with people elsewhere, to build knowledge and awareness of climate change and ecological variations around the world.

Speakers will also address the different ways in which artistic residencies can impact or otherwise in relation to local communities; other artists speaking include Jo Joelson of London Fieldworks, Jorge Lopez Ramos of Zecora Ura Theatre Company and Ana MacArthur, an internationally renowed artist working with light, holography and environmental concerns, in New Mexico, the Amazon basin and elsewhere. Rob La Frenais of the Arts Catalyst will chair this panel. A final session will focus on the boundaries between artistic collaboration, sustainable development and activism, with speakers from Platform London, the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and Superflux (tbc).

Participants in this free event will be encouraged to join actively in this discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

October 16, 2012

The fine art of provocation

Liberate Tate

For immediate release 15 October 2012

Art collective raises questions over John Browne’s conflict of interest as ex BP CEO

Tate Trustees have decided not to accept ‘The Gift’, a 16.5m wind turbine blade, as part of its permanent art collection.

‘The Gift’ was installed in Tate Turbine Hall in an unofficial performance on 7 July, involving over 100 members of Liberate Tate, the group that has made headlines for dramatic artworks relating to the relationship of public cultural institutions with oil companies.

The artists submitted official documentation (see below) for the artwork to be a gift to the nation ‘given for the benefit of the public’ under the provisions of the Museums and Galleries Act 1992, the Act from which Tate’s mission is drawn.

The refusal of the offer comes despite the fact that more than a thousand people signed a petition started by a Tate member calling on…

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Funded PhD: theatre and learning for sustainability

June 25, 2012

‘Sustaining the imagination: theatre and learning for sustainability’

3 year funded PhD hosted by the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow in partnership with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company – Further informationClosing date 9th July 2012.

Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow is seeking to award one fully funded PhD studentship to commence 1 October 2012.

The studentship, which will support three years of full-time study, is funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Scheme. Within the wider School of Culture and Creative Arts, the studentship will be based in the Theatre Studies’ subject group. The studentship is with non-academic partners Catherine Wheels.

The student will undertake a critically informed and contextualised practice-based doctoral thesis exploring how site-orientated theatre can facilitate children’s engagement with sustainability learning. Reviewing the landscape of theatre that connects with environmental and climate change agendas, the research will suggest original ways in which place-based rather than issue-based performance can engage children in developing everyday sustainability practices. Through the partnership with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, the student will have an opportunity to acquire a range of creative industry skills and knowledges whilst developing critically-informed work which aims to respond to one of the greatest and most pressing challenges of our time. Working directly with Catherine Wheels, and supported by its Artistic Director Gill Robertson and Company Producer Paul Fitzpatrick, the student’s practice-led research will be developed at and respond to two contrasting sites: a primary school located in an urban context (Glasgow) and another in a rural context (East Lothian).

February 20, 2012

Kate Foster’s personal response to An Ecology of Mind…

environmental contexts and creative responses

Nora Bateson, daughter of Gregory Bateson, is touring with a film she herself made, about her father’s ideas.  As she said in her introduction, his ideas are shown through the lens of a father-daughter relationship, it is her own viewpoint. She uses tapes made by Bateson near his death, and the film combines footage from different epsiodes in his life to illustrate some themes, continuity in his academic career as he moved between social anthropology, systems theory, psychology. You learn that, throughout,  he sought patterns that connected things and had the ability to turn things to new angles, indicating relationships between things that  would escape a more partial view.  Apart from this capacity of recontextualisation, he also sought the ‘difference that made a difference’ – asking what makes something distinct.

I have not read his books: I can but comment on the film as a non-specialist. On one hand I was…

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January 31, 2012

Useful advice in general.

Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project

Hello, Dear ALL, Here I help Jane to publish this post, because she cannot log in the blog and have tried whole day today.In this post Jane tell artists many hints to propose a good proposal, please did read it before submiting. Looking forward to your great ideas  &  Good luck!!  chao-mei
請各位藝術家要好好閱讀這篇文章喔! 策展人Jane提供了很多入選的”小撇步”,相信對許多年輕藝術家朋友在提案時會有許多幫助. 台灣藝術家,請加油!!!!!!!!!有任何問題,懶得寫英文,用中文留言或寫信給我也會通喔!!—昭湄

1.  Follow the directions carefully and submit exactly what is asked for and not anything else. If it says to send .jpg files of less than 1 mg each, do not send your images embedded in a .doc file or .pdf file, and do not send a link to your website rather than sending images of your previous works. Following directions well makes me think you are intelligent and cooperative and that you will not cause problems because you think you are so special that you deserve special treatment.  

2. Show your experiences as a professional…

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Artforum review of Harrisons’ Sierra Nevada Adaption

June 25, 2011

A Sort of Table of Contents, 2011


Read the review.  See the exhibition on the Feldman Gallery site. Force Majeure Works, including Sierra Nevada Adaption, on the Harrison Studio site.


June 7, 2011

The minor earthquake in Cumbria last week brought fracking to the UK headlines.

Fracking is a technology for extracting gas from unconventional geological formations.  Very topical in the North Eastern US where there hasn’t been a huge oil industry, but where now fracking is being considered as a means to extract gas.  The problem is that the chemical cocktail which is forced down the wells can affect whole watersheds, polluting the watertable and poisoning the land.

Josh Fox’s film Gasland has received extensive media attention, revealing some of the unintended consequences of fracking

SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics)’s project Fracking: Art and Activism Against the Drill, at Exit Art Gallery, New York City, December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011.

But extracting oil from Shale has a long history in Scotland – the area around Broxburn in West Lothian has a number of bings which are the result of the 19th Century shale mining industry – different process, but no less environmentally damaging.

PS. John Latham redefined these, the Niddrie Woman and the Niddrie Heart, along with the Five Sisters, as artworks and historical monuments, during his APG Feasibility Study at the Scottish Office in 1979-80.


Open source city: Vancouver

June 3, 2011

Focus on the  Zen question: “What can we not do?” Not cut down weeds, not tidy up derelict ground, not plan, organise, manage and control parts of our cities.  Asking how an open source ethos might affect urban living.  Read the rest of the article in the Vancouver Observer here.

Oliver Kellhammer is leading a week-long investigation into some of these topics entitled Open Source City: Field Study at Emily Carr University from June 20-24th. It’s part of the Continuing Studies Program and there is still space available. More info here:

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