Caledonian Everyday Discussions Pt 2 of 3

Should artists seek to change the world?  That's where the first discussion ended, having explored the history of pit props; the potential for a poet to contribute to the constraints that a forest manager might have to take account of in planning the management of an area of woodland; the development of ecosystems services assessment... Continue Reading →

Caledonian Everyday Discussions Pt 1 of 4

As part of Sylva Caledonia, one of Summerhall's contributions to Edinburgh International Science Festival, we are holding a discussion, Caledonian Everyday in four parts.  The first part will take place on Sunday 12 April at 2pm at Summerhall (Anatomy Lecture Theatre). We are very pleased that Paul Tabbush, Chair of the Landscape Research Group (Bio),... Continue Reading →

Future Forest

Collins_Goto_Edwards_FutureForest2015 We are pleased to highlight the Report just released by the Collins and Goto Studio and Forest Research entitled Future Forest, The Black Wood, Rannoch, Scotland.   It features reflection and findings from a year long artist-led creative inquiry into the ecological and cultural meanings and values associated with the Black Wood of Rannoch in... Continue Reading →

A Critical Forest Art Practice

Tim Collins and Reiko Goto's project, The Forest is Moving, exploring, listening and responding to, imagining, learning from, touching, sleeping in, filming, photographing, walking in and with, the Black Rannoch Woods, is ongoing at the moment.  They have been posting to the Imagining Natural Scotland's blog (where you can find blog posts from other projects... Continue Reading →

Aesthetics of uncivilisation (call for visual works)

At Carrying the Fire, which was held at Whiston Lodge last year, Dougie Strang had asked me to contribute to the discussions, and I read a section of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison's Lagoon Cycle (1985). The poem evokes the world-wide changes resulting from the increase in heat and consequent decrease in ice. The... Continue Reading →

Spirited discussions pt. 4 (by Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland)

The last of our Spirited Discussions asking, ‘Can Art Change the Climate? was entitled: Going Beyond the Material: Environment and Invisible Forces in the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts. This, in some ways, reminded me of Wallace Heim’s reference in Spirited Discussion part 2 to Alan Badiou’s idea that the four critical kinds of event... Continue Reading →

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