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.
Veronica Sekules is an art curator, educator and writer with a background in the environmental movement, and is Director of GroundWork Gallery in King’s Lynn, England, which she created in 2016 to showcase art and to campaign for the environment. GroundWork Gallery has hosted over 20 exhibitions and won several awards. Her essay on The Art and Heritage of Waste is the third in our Longer feature, where ClimateCultures members share original works, or ones that haven’t appeared online elsewhere, and which don’t fit easily into the regular blog; Longer provides space to explore in more detail creative and critical responses to our ecological and climate crisis.
Iain Biggs is an independent artist, teacher and researcher interested in place as seen through the lens of Felix Guattari’s ecosophy, working extensively on ‘deep mapping’, other projects and publications. His essay arose out of a conversation with ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe following an earlier essay, Open mappings in depth or Business as Usual?. See his introductory piece for our blog, Open Deep Mapping: Conversations-in-process, Places-in-time, reflecting on his practice as an inclusive, creative approach to working with and in place, and moving beyond ‘Business-as-Usual’.
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.