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Ecopoetikon: Global Ecopoetries for a Cultural Tipping Point

Ecopoetikon: Global Ecopoetries for a Cultural Tipping Point

Ecopoet Helen Moore celebrates global ecopoetries through a new project gathering poets from Global South and North. Ecopoetikon offers a powerful indicator of intersecting crises and inspiration for a tipping point in our relationship with the living world ...

Creative Responses to Our Nature & Climate Predicaments

ClimateCultures is an online space for creative minds to share responses to our ecological and climate predicaments. Launched in 2017, we are a growing network of artists, researchers and curators across the UK and around the world working across many practices, disciplines and spaces. Novelists, short story writers, performers, poets, playwrights, painters, composers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, designers, digital artists, multimedia artists, gallery owners, online curators, creative producers, cultural activists, historians, biologists, archaeologists, geographers, environmental technologists, climate researchers — and more.

Scroll down to see a rich taster of our evolving content — all exclusively from our members: our regular blog, a showcase with short examples of creative work, a growing collection of longer essays, and several special series featuring themed content.

The ClimateCultures blog

You can see our current post above. One of our members publishes original content on our blog every couple of weeks

We now have getting on for 200 posts so far, from more than 80 authors. You can find these under our Blog menu arranged by year or by our categories: * A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects * Art & Eco Activism * Challenges of Creative Engagement * Conversations * Creative Works * Cultural Change * Endangered Worlds * Environmental Change * Environmental Keywords * Gifts of Sound and Vision * In the Elements * Learning in the Anthropocene * Longer * Preview * Review * Signals from the Edge * Spaces * Speculative Worlds * Spiritual Ecology. And you can explore individual members by searching for ‘Authors’ in the ClimateCultures Members Directory. And in our sidebar you can see some of the popular posts and pages that people are reading right now.

Here are three more of our most recent posts. 

Modernism in the Anthropocene
22nd January 2024

Modernism in the Anthropocene

Researcher Peter Adkins explores how radical early 20th-century literary shifts reimagined the human within broader planetary processes, a 'Modernist Anthropocene' expanding understandings of our geological agency long before global environmental predicaments became the widespread crises of our times. ...
Dystopian Farming: An Inquiry
8th January 2024

Dystopian Farming: An Inquiry

For animist farmer and author Paul Feather, 2024 brings a creative inquiry into 'dystopian farming' as resistance as well as sustenance, and a search for joy and meaning that makes our dire times tolerable: the potential for liberation ...
We Saw It All Happen
14th December 2023

We Saw It All Happen

Poet Julian Bishop uses his collection We Saw It All Happen to witness signs of the climate crisis with the immediacy of news coverage of war and conflict, and to find hope in nature's ability to hang on. ...

And here’s a sample from this month in previous years…

Super Wicked Problem - or, the Crisis Formerly Known as Climate
7th February 2023

Super Wicked Problem – or, the Crisis Formerly Known as Climate

Farmer and author Paul Feather seeks the meaning of our planetary crisis, and names that can reflect its super wicked nature, in local spaces of resistance that serve as the wombs from which deeper understanding will be born. ...
Seeing Nature's Wonders in the Human Heart
28th February 2022

Seeing Nature’s Wonders in the Human Heart

Writer and filmmaker James Murray-White reviews fellow member Susan Holliday's creative guide, Hidden Wonders of the Human Heart, and finds ‘wise friends on the path’ of seeing deeply into connections, and a fellow traveller in the landscape of human ...
On COP & the Art of Change
11th February 2022

On COP & the Art of Change

Climate change communicator Julia Marques helped amplify COP26 reporting from the Blue Zone in Glasgow. Here she looks at the artworks she encountered at the COP and the value of creative activity alongside the activism and negotiations. ...
Fungus: Showing Dead Kids Fingers by Anthony Bennett
22nd February 2021

Dead Kid’s Fingers & Living Soils

Multidisciplinary artist Anthony Bennett shares the inspiration behind sculptures on the crucial role of the usually disregarded fungus in returning life to soils following mass extinction events -- and what this offers us in imagining possible human extinction. ...
Bristol Climate Writers Presents ... 'Desert Island Books'
27th February 2020

Bristol Climate Writers Presents … ‘Desert Island Books’

Four writers of fiction and nonfiction (all members of Bristol Climate Writers and ClimateCultures) share the 'Desert Island Books' they discussed at a recent library event on climate change: Nick Hunt, Caroline New, Peter Reason, and Deborah Tomkins. ...
Fool’s Gold — the Cairn and the Wishing Well
6th February 2020

Fool’s Gold — the Cairn and the Wishing Well

In this piece -- commissioned by artists Hayley Harrison and Pamela Schilderman for their exhibition, Fool's Gold -- editor Mark Goldthorpe explores notions of value and care through our experience of objects as works of nature, culture and transformation. ...
UNFIX situation 2019 Image by Henrik Knudsen
25th February 2019

UNFIX Festival — Unfix the Situation

Artistic director and performer Paul Michael Henry, who has devised successive UNFIX festivals, discusses his motivation and ambitions for these international gatherings and explorations, ahead of UNFIX 2019 next month. UNFIX: a command form, a verb, an activity. ...
"Attending to the world’s extraordinary surprise”
18th February 2019

“Attending to the world’s extraordinary surprise”

Filmmaker James Murray-White reviews Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky's Learning to Die: Wisdom in the age of climate crisis -- a book urging the cultivation of human virtues in a time of crisis and the rejection of lazy thinking. 700 ...

More creative content from our members

Alongside our blog, we also use our Creative Showcase to share short insights into our members’ work. Our latest showcase items are:

coral ecosystems - rainforests of the seas
11th January 2024

Mother’s Lament

Artist Michael Gresalfi's painting of past, present and possible future states of our coral ecosystems - the 'rainforests of the seas' - points to a grim outcome if we cannot rapidly implement international strategies. He finds inspiration in the "elegant tit-for-tat" coral-algae relationship of shelter, food and, photosynthesis: "the algae also paint their coral hosts ...
Drawing on Water
1st December 2023

Drawing on Water

Artist James Aldridge gives a short video tour of his recent Drawing on Water exhibition. This brought together artworks that emerged out of the Queer River arts-based research project he set up in 2020, using an audiovisual installation and his 'Walking Pages' to look at his individual, embodied relationship with a range of local wetlands. ...
Songs for Earth
24th August 2023

Songs for Earth

Through his songs, writer Peter Reason explores many rich themes: grief, rage and despair at our ecological catastrophe; beauty and wonder at the world; deep participation in life on Earth, and taking seriously the panpsychic and animist perspective that the world is alive, sentient and speaks to us, if only we will attend and listen. ...

And we have a small but growing library of extended essays in our Longer feature:

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste
25th September 2023

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, art curator and writer Veronica Sekules draws on work at her GroundWork Gallery to counter prevailing cultures of extractivism and look at how mobilising creativity can help us rehabilitate waste as a transformative resource in ways that could ultimately mean 'waste' no longer makes sense as a category at all. ...
Deep Mappings - Iain Biggs
13th June 2022

Iain Biggs: Open Deep Mappings Today – a Personal Introduction

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, artist and researcher Iain Biggs introduces the concept of open deep mapping as partial, creative explorations sharing a conversational orientation to place that has value in times of social and environmental upheaval: "an open-ended process, something both much more inclusive than attempted by cartography and much harder to describe." ...
Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis
30th August 2021

Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis

In her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, arts researcher Jemma Jacobs explores visual culture and its value in exposing environmental racism. Her case study of the Flint Water Crisis looks at the work of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, capturing the strength and endurance of a struggling community to draw our focus toward marginalised experiences ...

Special themed series

As well as these regular features, we run special series on particular themes, gathering creative content and thoughts across a topic, such as our Quarantine Connection series during the first Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020, and our exploration during 2022 of three Environmental Keywords — ‘Justice’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Transitions’ — as part of a project by the University of Bristol’s Centre for Environmental Humanities.

And we’re pleased to host an online Museum of the Anthropocene, bringing a selection of the objects nominated by students on the University of East Anglia’s 3rd-year undergraduate course, Human Geography in the Anthropocene.

Some of the contributions to the Museum of the Anthropocene

Many of our regular blog posts are responses to our creative invitations, such as A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects, Gifts of Sound and Vision, and Signals from the Edge. You’ll find these collected under our Curious Minds menu, alongside the Quarantine Connection and Environmental Keywords series.

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ClimateCultures is an approach to building creative conversations between and beyond different appreciations of what the climate and ecological predicaments of our times mean, and what they offer us as ways forward. It’s a beginning.

Do explore our archive, use the comment features to join the conversation, and let others know about us.

How ClimateCultures began, What we’re about & Who we are

You can find more about the initiative’s genesis and context in our About pages: About our platform, About the global predicaments we focus on, About our Members. The ClimateCultures Members Directory gives links to each of our artists, researchers and curators and the work they are doing and the posts and other content they share here on our site.

A New Sun’ – Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ at Tate Modern, 2003 Photographer: Mark Goldthorpe © 2003 markgoldthorpe.net