Gifts of Sound & Vision

We’ve added Gifts of Sound & Vision as a space for ClimateCultures Members to nominate some of the video or audio work of others that they’ve discovered and want to share. Unlike other pages in our Curious Minds section, this page is less about the creative imagination of the Members sharing this content with us (although this certainly comes into it), more about creative work that they’ve found particularly meaningful or moving. (But if any Members also want to share some of their audio or video work alongside these discoveries, that would be an added bonus!) 

These then are existing works that help us to explore the environmental or climate change issues that most interest us as artists, curators, researchers or activists. They might be documentary, abstract, fictional, natural soundscapes, spoken word, music or anything else which uses the power of film and sound recordings to reveal or create the experience of change, of movement or moment in time, space, place, consciousness, connection, emotion…  

Some pieces might have featured in our Views from Elsewhere section or maybe in the ClimateCultures blog but, by their nature, those pages move on with the months; this new section provides a more permanent collection and connection.

Each selection might consist of one piece or of a pair (maybe one video and one audio) or more. Where a Member has brought together multiple pieces, maybe there’s an explicit or implicit connection between them, or maybe any common theme will be what occurs in the mind of you, the viewer and listener. It’s another ClimateCultures space to explore and make our own.

ClimateCultures Members: Are there publicly available video or audio pieces that you’d like to nominate for our collection? Do get in touch, with a public link to the piece (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud etc) and your text to describe it and what it means for you. 

To kick off the series, I’ve provided my own first gift of sound and vision. 

Time and Tide: Waiting for the Gift of Sound and Vision

by Mark Goldthorpe
29 October 2018
Gifts of Sound and Vision
approx 6 minutes


ClimateCultures addresses environmental and climate change and our evolving nature-culture relationships within the Anthropocene era, and perhaps a focus on sound and vision can use our personal sense of change, of movement in space, time, consciousness and emotion, to help make these issues more accessible. In this post, I’ve chosen two pieces that touch on seemingly very different spheres of interest for me — how human and non-human animals live, and how processes of change shape our coasts and our awareness of them; but in talking about them, I find they both provoke connecting thoughts on time and tide in our relationship with the more-than-human.


Earthrise, seen from Apollo 8, 24th December 1968

by Mark Goldthorpe
31 December 2018
Gifts of Sound and Vision 
approx 3 minutes


For my second personal offering in our new series, Gifts of Sound and Vision, I’ve chosen Earthrise. It’s a recent film about a moment half a century ago that transformed our vision of the world and of what might be possible in this short historic episode, modern human civilisation. 

Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia: Leah and Chloe Smith

by Mary Woodbury
Gifts of Sound and Vision
approx 8 minutes


Mary Woodbury returns to ClimateCultures with this moving contribution to Gifts of Sound and Vision. Mary, who grew up in Kentucky and now lives in Canada, finds deep resonance in the music of Rising Appalachia, a band that draws on the rural landscapes of Mary’s own family experiences, and whose fusion of music offers us ideas of resilience and community in the face of change and loss.