2019 Members’ Posts

This is the complete ClimateCultures blog archive of 2019 Members’ Posts so far: original posts contributed by Iain Biggs, Nancy Campbell, Rebecca Chesney, Jo Dacombe, Laura Donkers, Mark Goldthorpe, Scarlet Hall, Mike Hembury, Paul Michael Henry, Jennifer Leach, Julia Marques, James Murray-White, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Philip Webb Gregg, Mary Woodbury …

See here for Members Posts from 2018. For 2017’s Members Posts, see here.

August 2019

Five Notes on Thinking Through ‘Ensemble Practices’

by Iain Biggs
Challenges of Creative Engagement
approx 6 minutes  


Artist and researcher Iain Biggs shares thoughts on the place of artists, and of creative ensemble practices, in a culture of possessive individualism that must urgently address its chronic failure of imagination in the face of eco-social crisis.

A Dance with Defensiveness

Defensiveness - on the floor Photograph: Scarlet Hall © 2019

by Scarlet Hall
September 2019
approx 8 minutes


Artist Scarlet Hall reflects on defensiveness as an embodied response to being implicated in patterns of oppression. Using movement improvisation to decentre habitual narratives and open space to attend to relationships, Scarlet is seeking ecological perspectives on defensiveness.

Directing the Children

by Julia Marques
19 August 2019
Cultural Change
approx 8 minutes


Climate change dramatist Julia Marques looks to her recent experience directing a play about environmental crisis to ask how community and other positive features of amateur dramatics might offer us routes into addressing the climate emergency itself.

Dancing with Darkness

'I wonder what darkness means now?' is an image from Jennifer Leach's book, Dancing in the Dark

by Jennifer Leach
12 August 2019
Challenges of Creative Engagement
approx 6 minutes


Artist and writer Jennifer Leach recalls the journey from a sharing of darkness at a climate conference for artists and scientists, and the year-long festival she created in its honour, to her new book, Dancing in the Dark.

With Far-heard Whisper, O’er the Sea

by Rebecca Chesney
5 August 2019
Challenges of Creative Engagement
approx 6 minutes


Artist Rebecca Chesney describes her explorations creating With far-heard whisper, o’er the sea for exhibition in Newlyn this year — taking inspiration from the town’s tidal observatory and its unique role in revealing the UK’s rising sea levels.

July 2019

When Our Roar was Birdsong

by Philip Webb Gregg 
In the Elements
approx 10 minutes


Writer Philip Webb Gregg went looking for ways to let nature get to him, and found them on a bushcraft and survival course, with Extinction Rebellion on the streets of London, and in his garden in the city.

Earth Living — Now, Facing the Storm

Jennifer Leach's artwork, The Eyeball

by Jennifer Leach
19 July 2019
Challenges of Creative Engagement
approx 7 minutes


Writer and artist Jennifer Leach shared some of her stories at Reading’s Earth Living Festival. Here, she discusses these questioning tales for a world’s ending — and the relaunch of her Outrider Anthems enterprise as a sanctuary of creativity.

June 2019

Coastline Project — Sailing Under Wolf Island’s Baleful Gaze

by Mike Hembury
27 June 2019
Endangered Worlds
approx 10 minutes


Writer and photographer Mike Hembury spent a week on an Inner Hebridean sailing trip as part of Sail Britain’s multidisciplinary Coastline Project. He recalls this small group’s ecological encounters and shares poems and photographs they inspired in him.

Beneath What Is Visible, A Vast Shadow

by Oliver Raymond-Barker
19 June 2019
Creative Works
approx 11 minutes


Photographer Oliver Raymond-Barker uses an innovative take on the camera obscura to uncover visible and invisible networks and complex histories embedded in a Scottish peninsula whose water-and-landscape is home to nuclear arsenals, peace activists and pilgrims’ spiritual traditions.

May 2019

Unpacking Deep Time in Our Living Present

The living presentby Mark Goldthorpe
14 May 2019
approx 7 minutes


ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews the Deep Time Walk field kit’s latest addition — an attractive and engaging set of cards that explores our planet’s 4.6 billion year timeline and offers us thoughtful paths into the living present.

April 2019

‘Creations of the Mind’

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, directed by Zacharias Kunukby James Murray-White Review
approx 8 minutes


Filmmaker James Murray-White reviews A Film-Philosophy of Ecology and Enlightenment. In this scholarly work, Rupert Read advocates an ecological approach to film-philosophy analysis, arguing that film can re-shape the viewer’s relationship to the environment and other living beings. 

‘What You Need Will Come to You’

by Laura Donkers
1 April 2019
Cultural Change
approx 6 minutes


Environmental artist Laura Donkers follows her initial post on eco-social art engagement with her experience as Visiting Doctoral Researcher, moving to Aotearoa New Zealand from July to November 2018 to expand her research by exploring Kaupapa Māori approaches.

March 2019

Rising — endsickness and adaptive thinking

Risingby Mark Goldthorpe
25 March 2019
approx 11 minutes


Mark Goldthorpe reviews Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore: a contemplation of transience, connection and the possibilities of resilience, demonstrating the power of story to highlight opportunities to attend and adapt to a changing world. 

Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia: Leah and Chloe Smith

by Mary Woodbury
Gifts of Sound and Vision
approx 8 minutes


Writer Mary Woodbury finds deep resonance in the music of Rising Appalachia, who draw on the rural landscapes of her family, and whose musical fusion offers ideas of resilience and community in the face of change and loss.

Bone Landscapes

Bone Forest, Jo Dacombe

by Jo Dacombe
11 March 2019
Environmental Change
approx 6 minutes


Artist Jo Dacombe explores sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects. Jo describes her work with museums and researchers on visual art inspired by relationships between bones and landscapes, now and into the future.

Eco-social Art — Engaging Climate Literacy 

Berneray Community Polycrub_2016

by Laura Donkers
4 March 2019
Cultural Change
approx 9 minutes


Environmental artist Laura Donkers works with the embodied knowledge of communities, through a form of eco-social art engagement, to help develop climate literacy. Laura describes her approach and experience with local communities in Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

February 2019 

UNFIX Festival — Unfix the Situation

UNFIX situation 2019 Image by Henrik Knudsen

by Paul Michael Henry
25 February 2019
Art & Eco Activism
approx 5 minutes


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” 

by James Murray-White
19 February 2019
approx 4 minutes


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.

January 2019

Out of Range

by Nancy Campbell 
24 January 2019
approx 8 minutes


Poet Nancy Campbell reviews Nick Drake’s new collection, Out of Range: poems celebrating proximity and distance (spatial, temporal, emotional) to remark on the state we’re in, taking us on a journey through known worlds into unknown ones. 

“Firestone far beneath our feet” 

Cornerstones cover, by Little Toller Books

by James Murray-White 
8 January 2019
approx 5 minutes


James Murray-White took a break from editing his Finding Blake film to review Cornerstones: subterranean writings. This new collection explores how all landscapes — from Dartmoor to the Arctic Circle — begin below the surface of the earth.