2023 Members’ Posts

Here are our posts for 2023 – 18 posts from ClimateCultures members: Julian Bishop, Claire Atherton, Paul Feather, Kim V. Goldsmith, Michael Gresalfi, Hassaun Jones-Bey, Beckie Leach, Martin Mahony, Helen Moore, Indigo Sapphire Moon, Giovanni Enrico Morassutti, James Murray-WhiteRod Raglin, Genevieve Rudd, Nicky SaunterVeronica Sekules and Joan Sullivan.

You can find over 170 previous posts from our growing network of members published in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017. And you can also explore all our posts by category – or by author listed in our sidebar.


December 2023

We Saw It All Happen

by Julian Bishop
14 December 2023
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,880 words: estimated reading time = 7.5 minutes

 

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.

November 2023

“Where Have All The Birds Gone?”

by Michael Gresalfi
27
November 2023
Endangered Worlds
820 words: estimated reading time = 3 minutes

 

Artist Michael Gresalfi shares an artwork that uses repurposed materials dating from before our mass communications ‘information age’ to witness the extensive decline of bird species and populations in his local area and the loss of natural spectacle.

October 2023

Planet Local — Community and Connection

by James Murray-White
30 October 2023

Review
1,800 words: estimated reading time = 7 minutes

 

Writer and filmmaker James Murray-White visited the Planet Local Summit, finding in its examples of urgent work around the world to foster being and acting locally a cultural turning towards nature as antidote to climate and ecological breakdown.

Giving Voice to the Nonhuman

by Joan Sullivan
17 October 2023
Challenges of Creative Engagement
2,300 words: estimated reading time = 9 minutes

 

Photographer and writer Joan Sullivan shares her realisation that, no longer content to simply document climate change, a more fluid, non-linear visual language can evoke the nonhuman voice and reflect our own impermanence in a rapidly warming world.

September 2023

Starting to See Waste as Art and Heritage

Waste Heritage: showing Jeremy Butler's Landskip 1 at GroundWork Gallery in 2023

by Veronica Sekules
28 September 2023
Longer
1,570 words: estimate reading time = 6 minutes

 

Curator and writer Veronica Sekules introduces her special essay for our Longer feature, using GroundWork Gallery’s recent exhibition to explore artists’ roles in helping change how we value what we discard, viewing our waste as art and heritage

Hope Tales – Stories for Change

by Nicky Saunter
14 September 2023
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,170 words: estimated reading time = 4.5 minutes

 

Entrepreneurial thinker, practical activist and artist Nicky Saunter shares the Hope Tales project she’s working on to find creative ways to make sustainable futures and talk about the role of hope, imagination and story in facing climate change.

August 2023

Power, Love, Religion & Climate Fiction: Life Imitating Art

by Rod Raglin
23 August 2023
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,160 words: estimated reading time = 4.5 minutes

 

Writer Rod Raglin discusses his novel The Triumvirate and how a story about power, love and religion finds echoes in our unfolding climate crisis and how we try to come to grips with a hostile and uncertain future.

The Start of Something Going Wrong

by Helen Moore
1 August 2023
Review
1,130 words: estimated reading time = 4.5 minutes

Ecopoet Helen Moore reviews Her Whereabouts, a new collection from fellow poet Joanna Guthrie, whose accumulated acts of noticing and subtle inferences weave her mother’s debilitating strokes with ecological loss in the climate crisis into a poetic memoir.

July 2023

A Drop in the Pond

by Rod Raglin
11 July 2023
Cultural Change
940 words: estimated reading time = 4 minutes

 

Writer and online community newspaper publisher, Rod Raglin shares the story of a local Vancouver, Canada, park pond reduced to a seasonal wetland — and a neigbourhood’s dispute with local administrators on how to respond amid severe climate change.

June 2023

Centrifugal Stories in the Anthropocene

by Martin Mahony
22 June 2023
Learning in the Anthropocene
1,200 words: estimated reading time = 5 minutes

 

Geographer Martin Mahony introduces a second collection of objects from his ‘Human Geography in the Anthropocene’ students, and how our Museum of the Anthropocene’s ‘centrifugal’ stories resist casting all of humanity as progenitors of our new planetary age.

Resisting a Human Anthropocene: Diasporic African Religious Experiences in Nature

by Hassaun Jones-Bey

Spiritual Ecology
3,050 words: estimated reading time = approximately 12 minutes

 

Writer Hassaun Jones-Bey introduces a human Anthropocene as corollary for our planet’s new geological era. The commodification of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the US shows human nature resisting the same commodification that’s visited upon non-human nature.

May 2023

Regional Futures: Giving Voice to Human and More-Than-Human

by Kim V. Goldsmith
23 May 2023
Conversations
2,600 words: estimated reading time = approximately 10 minutes + option audio pieces

 

Artist Kim V. Goldsmith shares her work with Regional Futures in NSW, Australia, exploring people’s feelings for rural territories. We need to listen better to each other, ourselves, and more-than-human worlds for more collaborative approaches to the future.

April 2023

Ecoart in Action – Provocations to Creative Engagement

by Claire Atherton, Beckie Leach, Genevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter
27 April 2023
Conversations / Review
2,100 words: estimated reading time = 8 minutes + optional 20-minute video

 

In their third collaborative post reviewing Ecoart in Action, artists Claire Atherton, Beckie LeachGenevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter explore the provocations this book offers for ecoart practices and discourse — complementing their earlier discussions on the book’s activities and case studies.

Creative Whispers: Nature’s Power to Wellness

by Indigo Sapphire Moon
3 April 2023
In the Elements
1,100 words: estimated reading time = 4.5 minutes

 

Sapphic and neuroqueer artist Indigo Sapphire Moon shares her experience of nature as a source of creative whispers, which blossom into ideas like her new poetry collection, and a space for us to exist outside our human story.

March 2023

Create the Future – Creatives in Residence for Climate Change

by Giovanni Enrico Morassutti
20 March 2023
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,800 words: estimated reading time = 7 minutes

 

Actor, director and cultural entrepreneur, Giovanni Enrico Morassutti shared case studies of creatives in residence, of climate theatre and community engagement with an international conference, exploring strategies for encouraging cross-disciplinary projects to address the biodiversity and climate crisis.

Ecoart Case Studies – Theory into Practice

by Claire Atherton, Beckie Leach, Genevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter
2 March 2023
Conversations / Review
2,000 words: estimated reading time = 8 minutes + optional 18-minute video

In the second of three collaborative posts reviewing Ecoart in Action, artists Claire Atherton,  Beckie Leach, Genevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter find plenty to discuss in a sample of the book’s rich collection of international ecoart case studies.

February 2023

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

by Paul Feather
7 February 2023
Cultural Change
2,000 words: approx reading time = 8 minutes

 

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.

January 2023

Ecoart Activities – Working With Place & People

by Claire Atherton, Beckie Leach, Genevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter
10 January 2023
Conversations / Review
2,900 words: estimated reading time = 11 minutes + optional: up to 26 mins video clips

 

Artists Claire Atherton, Beckie Leach, Genevieve Rudd and Nicky Saunter have joined up to review Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities. This first of three collaborative posts samples the guide’s ecoart activities.