Longer is the new ClimateCultures offering of works that don’t fit within the normal ‘short reads’ format of our blog.
These are essays, stories or other forms that haven’t been freely available online elsewhere, although they may have appeared in print or other formats. In each case, the author introduces a Longer piece with an original post on the blog, where they can reflect on the motivation or inspiration behind the work or the process of creating it.
As well as complementing members’ original content on the ClimateCultures blog — where you will find over 150 shorter pieces across many categories — Longer also joins our Creative Showcase, where our artists, curators and researchers give very brief insights into other recent work that you can find in full elsewhere.
Together, the Creative Showcase, the ClimateCultures blog and Longer bring you an expanding archive of our members’ creative enquiries into our climate and ecological crisis and its social manifestations and causes.
We launch Longer with The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis, from arts researcher Jemma Jacobs. In her essay, Jemma explores visual culture and its value in exposing environmental racism through the case of the Flint Water Crisis and the work of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier; she introduces it with her blog post, Seeing the Flint Water Crisis.
Jemma Jacobs is an arts researcher focusing on climate communication within the Anthropocene and its relationship with art, and drawing attention to those suffering disproportionately from climate change impacts. Her essay explores visual culture and its value in exposing environmental racism in the Flint Water Crisis. It was originally produced in April 2021 as part of her MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, London University. See her introductory piece for our blog, Seeing the Flint Water Crisis, reflecting on the essay and on her course.