Jemma Jacobs

Jemma Jacobs
is a ClimateCultures Author

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.


For the past five years I have tailored my academic research to hone in on art and its cultural context — with a recent focus on climate communication within the Anthropocene, and how it can impact art and vice versa.

Predominantly, my work draws attention to those suffering disproportionately at the hands of climate change. Exploring academic ideas that extend the Anthropocene, such as James Moore’s ‘Capitalocene’ and Kathryn Yusoff’s ‘Black Anthropocene,’ my explorations view social, racial and environmental justice as inextricably linked. With a perspective that seeks to express silenced narratives, my research has explored photographs of droughts in Kenya, the Flint Water Crisis, and mining implications on land affecting Indigenous Australian communities.

I am currently studying a postgraduate degree in Contemporary Art Theory, where all of my research has brought attention to injustice caused and exposed by environmental degradation. Largely, I find interesting the relationship that audiences have to the art they view. Whether this be due to a lack of interest, a triggering of action, or perhaps somewhere in between: visual culture holds a communicative ability that surpasses that of writing and talking alone.

I strongly believe that the exploration of art, whether academically or informally, can advance movements pushing for equity; and within the context of the climate crisis, such advancements are needed more than ever.

Longer

Jemma contributed the first piece in Longer, our new feature sharing works that don’t fit within the normal ‘short reads’ format of our blog. See Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis.

Jemma’s ClimateCultures posts

Unfolding Stories from the Anthropocene and Beyond

Unfolding Stories from the Anthropocene and Beyond

Artist Ivilina Kouneva draws on her seaside walks and art-making, on tales of indigenous story sharing and experiences of others' creativity to make imaginative links between our heritage as storytelling animals and remaking connections between past and future.
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Seasons of Nature's Gift and Natures Lost

Seasons of Nature’s Gift and Natures Lost

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Gifts of Gravity and Light, an anthology of diverse writings on our seasons, and explores how, as we disrupt the living world, our relationship with it shifts, and with it ideas of 'nature'.
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Unseen, Seen: My Eco-art Travels the World

Unseen, Seen: My Eco-art Travels the World

Experimental artist Veronica Worrall offers a story of shared hope in students' reactions to her photographic series 'Unseen', and how young people's actions and art in the USA, China and around the world provide examples ahead of COP26.
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Queer River and Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place

Queer River and Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place

Artist James Aldridge shares insights from Iain Biggs' book Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place and resonances with his own projects exploring the value of outsiders' viewpoints and voices not often heard in discussions on the Earth Crisis.
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Seeing the Flint Water Crisis

Seeing the Flint Water Crisis

In our first accompaniment to Longer, a new ClimateCultures in-depth feature, arts researcher Jemma Jacobs introduces her recent study of the Flint Water Crisis and environmental racism as seen through one photographer's work to make visible hidden perspectives.
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The Art of Reimagining Managed Retreat

The Art of Reimagining Managed Retreat

Artist Yky shares ideas and artworks he presented to an international conference addressing scientific, social, and governance issues around 'managed retreat' -- and how artists need to engage with pedagogy to contextualize and reimagine responses to climate change.
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Solarpunk -- Stories for Change

Solarpunk — Stories for Change

Writer Mick Haining discusses the role of stories in helping to bring about change to mobilise, not paralyse, the XR Wordsmiths group that he's part of, and their call out for new Solarpunk stories that give us hope.
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Wild Writing: Embracing Our Humanimal Nature

Wild Writing: Embracing Our Humanimal Nature

Ecopoet Helen Moore shares the inspiration and creative process behind her wild writing and the embodied awareness and resilience it nurtures in a world that's become unconscious of humanity's interdependence with all beings through the web of life.
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Talking to the Crisis

Talking to the Crisis

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reflects on a follow-up conversation between interviewer Julia Marques, performer Daniel Bye, creative producer Tessa Gordziejko, artist Jennifer Leach and geographer Matt Law on experiences of darkness, attitudes to uncertainty and opportunities for creativity.
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Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Dara McAnulty's Diary of Young Naturalist -- a remarkable testament to love for the natural world and a key to finding a greater sense of living in and caring for our shared home. 
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On a Writer's Imaginarium

On a Writer’s Imaginarium

Writer and artistbook maker Sarah Hymas reflects on an on- and offline cross-genre shared space she has created to support creative writing, and why this imaginarium is as much for her as for the other writers who join.
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Attending to Muse & Nature in Lockdown

Attending to Muse & Nature in Lockdown

Artist Hanien Conradie shares the impulse and process behind a Covid19-lockdown collaboration that brings together image and text; and how, in a period of human silence, her muse and the natural world seemed to work in similar ways.
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Showing the cover of The Circling Sky: On Nature and Belonging in an Ancient Forest, by Neil Ansell

A Year of Wonders Under a Circling Sky

Writer and filmmaker James Murray-White reviews Neil Ansell's new book. The Circling Sky, an account of a year-long immersion in England's New Forest, is both a guidebook to close observation and a reflective elegy to place and belonging.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #13

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #13

Interdisciplinary artist Andrew Howe shares three objects that chart material flows in time. Slipware pottery, an acorn and a bitumen spill offer fragmentary stories entwined with present experience and imaginings of past and future in the same moment.
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Disciplinary Agnosticism and Engaging with Ecologies of Place

Disciplinary Agnosticism and Engaging with Ecologies of Place

Artist and researcher Iain Biggs discusses Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place, his new co-authored book about the possibilities of creative work, ensemble practices and disciplinary agnosticism in seeking alternative and inclusive ways of belonging to this world.
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Climate Conversations to Save the World

Climate Conversations to Save the World

Environmental researcher Matt Law reviews an online performance about climate conversations: an interactive journey inviting us to consider how different connections and storytelling could have led to a different world today, and help save the world for tomorrow.
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Fungus: Showing Dead Kids Fingers by Anthony Bennett

Dead Kid’s Fingers & Living Soils

Multidisciplinary artist Anthony Bennett shares the inspiration behind sculptures on the crucial role of the usually disregarded fungus in returning life to soils following mass extinction events -- and what this offers us in imagining possible human extinction.
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Conversations with Work That Connects

Conversations with Work That Connects

Climate change dramatist and activist Julia Marques introduces a series of lively and engaging conversations she has recorded with fellow members. Artists and researchers explore their experiences with wide-ranging topics which inform the creative work that ClimateCultures celebrates.
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Owned by the Wood in Winter

Owned by the Wood in Winter

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews The Wood in Winter, an illustrated essay by John Lewis-Stempel, and finds an elegant exploration of life -- wild nature and human -- in the harshest season, and an Anthropocene question: who owns
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Showing cover of Skyseed novel on geonegineering

Hacking the Earth

Curator and writer Rob La Frenais interviews scientist and fellow ClimateCultures member Bill McGuire about Skyseed. McGuire's novel explores geoengineering -- the ‘fix’ proposed by some as global heating's global solution. What on Earth could possibly go wrong?...
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You, Small Creatures, Big Monsters

You, Small Creatures, Big Monsters

Video artist Mirjamsvideos shares reflective artworks which subtly demonstrate our relationship with the world, using ugliness in trash and beauty in small things to overcome our lack of insight into systems we've made toxic to ourselves and others.
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Art Photography -- Emotional Response to Global Crisis

Art Photography — Emotional Response to Global Crisis

Photographer Veronica Worrall explores how art can offer an important emotional response to global pandemic and climate crises, sharing her 'lockdown' project to generate images where photography partners with natural processes to produce a visual essay of optimism.
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A Cosmology of Conservation: Ancient Maya Environmentalism

A Cosmology of Conservation: Ancient Maya Environmentalism

Anthropologist Lisa J. Lucero shares a talk she recorded specially for ClimateCultures, drawing on her extensive archaeological research into how ancient Maya culture adapted to environmental change, and whose non-anthropocentric cosmology can help us rethink our own worldview.
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Celebrating Clean Air Day

Celebrating Clean Air Day

Artist and writer Selva Ozelli marks Clean Air Day with a roundup of international art shows she has curated and participated in during this year of pandemic, spurred on by urgent connections between our environmental and health crises.
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On Green Verges

On Green Verges

Writer Julian Bishop, living on the very edge of the metropolis, found a fascination with local verges during Covid-19 lockdown -- and their previously unregarded nature took up residency in his imagination, leading him to a poetic challenge.
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On Re-emergence and the Avoidance of Clichés

On Re-emergence and the Avoidance of Clichés

Artist and writer Dave Hubble reflects on his creativity under lockdown: how novel conditions and wanting to avoid coronavirus-saturated art sparked new work, drawing out potential beauty in the materiality of pollution and prompting the question, what next?
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A Queer Path to Wellbeing

A Queer Path to Wellbeing

Artist James Aldridge explores experiences of being 'other' as an ability to see beyond the boundaries of binary distinctions: offering us signs of a more inclusive queer nature, from a place that until now has been the edge.
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Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

Artist Jo Dacombe shares an exercise she developed for students to respond creatively to the sensory nature of woods, and which she's adapted for online engagement with nature during Covid19 lockdown as part of her Imagining Woodlands project.
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All the Little Gods Surrounding Us

All the Little Gods Surrounding Us

James Murray-White discovers in 'Winged', a new collection of words and images from fellow member James Roberts, a creative expression of the natural world's ‘being-ness’ and a way for us to deepen our own presence within the more-than-human.
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Rewilding -- Slantways

Rewilding — Slantways

Writer Philip Webb Gregg shares a new poem exploring rewilding as a sideways step into a stranger world, resisting simplifications of 'progress' and the gains and losses of our current model, even as we seek to change it.
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Gulp! flyer for The Bone Ensemble theatre project

Gulp! Water Choices, Stories and Theatre

Theatre-maker and arts academic Adam Ledger shares the thinking behind Gulp!, The Bone Ensemble's project on global water issues, and the challenges of creating an engaging and participatory family drama on environmental issues, inequalities and opportunities during Covid-19. 1,800
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In Time: Crisis, Care, Creation

In Time: Crisis, Care, Creation

Artist Margin Zheng felt moved to perform Lola Perrin's work, Significantus, as part of their climate activism, and adapted the piano suite to new conditions when Covid-19 prevented public events, producing a unique online concert: Crisis, Care, Creation.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #12

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #12

Writer Philip Webb Gregg explores being human in the Anthropocene, using three objects that offer to carry, fuel or guide our search for experience and meaning, but whose less subtle qualities have great power to lead us astray.
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I Am Purpose

I Am Purpose

Writer Indigo Moon shares a short story exploring one person's sense of purpose. Evoking ideas of conversation with the universe to illuminate times of zoonotic pandemic and climate crisis, Indiana reflects on the presence of signals from within.
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Towards an Erotics of Place

Towards an Erotics of Place

Filmmaker James-Murray-White shares his experience of some of the world's desert places, and what the book Desert Quartet - an Erotic Landscape offers as a way into explorations of these places, of our sense of connectedness and self.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #11

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #11

Writer Kelvin Smith's three objects -- electric lighting, symbolically living money, once-and-future reefs -- question what is fundamental to human presence on Earth, what's been taken from the land and what new creations might arise in future seas.
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Bristol Climate Writers Presents ... 'Desert Island Books'

Bristol Climate Writers Presents … ‘Desert Island Books’

Four writers of fiction and nonfiction (all members of Bristol Climate Writers and ClimateCultures) share the 'Desert Island Books' they discussed at a recent library event on climate change: Nick Hunt, Caroline New, Peter Reason, and Deborah Tomkins.
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Fool’s Gold — the Cairn and the Wishing Well

Fool’s Gold — the Cairn and the Wishing Well

In this piece -- commissioned by artists Hayley Harrison and Pamela Schilderman for their exhibition, Fool's Gold -- editor Mark Goldthorpe explores notions of value and care through our experience of objects as works of nature, culture and transformation.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #10

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #10

Citizen artist Yky offers three objects that explore Anthropocene themes of our relationship with time and the world and the responsibility that we hold in our own hands, using a common photographic presentation to help make these visible.
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An Invitation to Act: Letters to the Earth

An Invitation to Act: Letters to the Earth

Poet Clare Crossman was inspired to respond to a public call for Letters to the Earth and her poem is included in the publication -- a book which offers "a spelling out that we are interconnected with nature."
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Photograph showing Lola Perrin at the piano for ClimateKeys at Sheffield Festival of Debate in 2019

Climate Emergency – a New Culture of Conversation

Independent curator and writer Rob La Frenais interviews fellow ClimateCultures member and ClimateKeys founder Lola Perrin about her ground-breaking global initiative to 'help groups of people tell the truth to each other' about the ecological and climate emergency.
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Urban Resilience? Art, the Missing Link

Urban Resilience? Art, the Missing Link

Citizen Artist Yky explores urban resilience and the importance of building joint commitments by experts and artists to improve our understanding of this concept in 'citizen science' and other approaches to empower citizens in planning for the future.
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Othering -- on Woodlands, Maps and Language

Othering — on Woodlands, Maps and Language

Artist Jo Dacombe explores the othering of woodlands through maps and language as bordering us off from the natural world, and looks to ways to reconnect. 2,000 words: estimated reading time 8 minutes  Sociologist Yiannis Gabriel has written
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The Sphinx - photography: by Nick Hunt

The Last Snows

Writer Nick Hunt travelled to Scotland's Cairngorms in search of a once permanent presence that's becoming another marker of a new transience: enduring snows that serve as scraps of deep of time, now endangered on our warming island. 710
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Waters of the World - Stories in the History of Climate Science

Waters of the World – Stories in the History of Climate Science

Writer and historian Sarah Dry shares some of her thinking and the process for her new book, Waters of the World, a history of climate science through the individuals who unravelled the mysteries of seas, glaciers, and atmosphere.
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A still from the film 'Dart' showing artist Hanien Conradie Photograph by Margaret LeJeune

Writing on Water

Artist Hanien Conradie discusses a collaborative film of her ritual encounter with Devon's River Dart and her work with places where nothing seemingly remains of their ancient knowledge. Work that seeks more reciprocal relationships with the natural world.
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Mandala XR Photograph by Linda Gordon

Rising Tide: A Weekend with Extinction Rebellion

Artist Linda Gordon was invited to lead a land art workshop using natural materials at Extinction Rebellion's Rising Tide Festival in North Devon. She describes an experience of co-operation and natural harmony: "In other words, a sane community."
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Five Notes on Thinking Through ‘Ensemble Practices’

Five Notes on Thinking Through ‘Ensemble Practices’

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.
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Defensiveness - on the floor Photograph: Scarlet Hall © 2019

A Dance with Defensiveness

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.
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Directing The Children

Directing The Children

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 groups might offer us routes into addressing the climate emergency itself.
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'I wonder what darkness means now?' is an image from Jennifer Leach's book, Dancing in the Dark

Dancing with Darkness

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.
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With Far-heard Whisper, O’er the Sea

With Far-heard Whisper, O’er the Sea

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.
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When Our Roar Was Birdsong

When Our Roar Was Birdsong

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.
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Jennifer Leach's artwork, The Eyeball

Earth Living — Now, Facing the Storm

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
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Coastline Project: The Alcuin’s route round Mull

Coastline Project — Sailing Under Wolf Island’s Baleful Gaze

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.
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Beneath What Is Visible, A Vast Shadow

Beneath What Is Visible, A Vast Shadow

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.
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The living present

Unpacking Deep Time in Our Living Present

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.
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creations of the mind

‘Creations of the Mind’

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.
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Kaupapa Māori approaches

‘What You Need Will Come to You’

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.
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Rising

Rising — Endsickness and Adaptive Thinking

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.
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Rising Appalachia: Leah and Chloe Smith

Rising Appalachia

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.
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Bone Landscape, Jo Dacombe

Bone Landscapes

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.
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Eco-social art - Berneray Community Polycrub, 2016

Eco-social Art — Engaging Climate Literacy

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.
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UNFIX situation 2019 Image by Henrik Knudsen

UNFIX Festival — Unfix the Situation

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.
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"Attending to the world’s extraordinary surprise”

“Attending to the world’s extraordinary surprise”

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. 700
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Out of Range

Out of Range

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. 1,950
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Cornerstones cover, by Little Toller Books

“Firestone far beneath our feet”

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.
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Earthrise, seen from Apollo 8, 24th December 1968

Earthrise

For Gifts of Sound & Vision, Mark Goldthorpe chooses Earthrise -- a film about a moment a half-century ago that transformed our vision of the world and what might be possible in this short historic episode, modern human civilisation.
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Anthropocene objects

The Mirrored Ones

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene. This book's objects offer a mirror test for our 'Age of Human' -- and conceptual links to A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects.
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Grief and hope in the face of environmental crisis Photograph: Tim Hayes/Ende Gelände 2018

Sweeping the Dust

Writer and photographer Mike Hembury read Deborah Tomkins’ post on how grief and hope feature in the work of fellow 'climate writers', and shares a poem in response to his own research into these experiences under climate change.
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Small Earth - art, land and sky at Snape Photograph by James Murray-White 2018

“Summon the bravery!” Encounters at Small Earth

Filmmaker James Murray-White describes taking part in the Small Earth conference within the stunning beauty of Snape. At this special event, psychotherapists, ecologists, economists, philosophical and spiritual thinkers gathered to address hope for future living within the ecosphere.
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Out of range

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #9

Poet Nick Drake offers poems of three dark objects that illuminate our world-shifting ways: an emblem of inefficiency, a single-use convenience that will outlast us, and a nightmare taking shape beneath our feet, our streets, our notice, until...
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The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell

Reading Nature’s Archives in the Library of Ice

Writer Sally Moss reviews Nancy Campbell's The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate. Rich in detail (microscope and dictionary, as much as library) its landscapes, eras, expeditions, personalities and planetary prognoses pile up like brash ice.
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Time and tide: cows watch the coast.

Waiting for the Gift of Sound and Vision

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe launches a series exploring film and audio that open a space to reflect on change -- choosing pieces on how human and non-human animals live, and how processes of time and tide shape our coasts.
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climate grief

Grief, Hope and Writing Climate Change

Writer Deborah Tomkins chairs Bristol Climate Writers, who meet to critique their poetry, science or nature writing, short stories or novels. She shares their discussion on 'climate grief' and how psychological responses to climate change influence their writing.
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Artists' Climate Lab

Artists’ Climate Lab

Royal Court Executive Producer Lucy Davies -- a participant in Creative Climate Leadership training in 2017 -- explores Artists' Climate Lab, a special week of creative activities she and others devised for artists working in London's leading theatres.
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ecopoetics

Conserve? Restore? Rewild? Ecopoetics and Environmental Challenge

Filmmaker James Murray-White reviews a recent event with GroundWork Gallery and the British Ecological Society: a gathering of poets, academics, and ecological minds exploring our responses to environmental crisis through a day of ecopoetics, provocations and wild conversations.
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Wildfire and Fox

Wildfire and Fox

Writer Brit Griffin lives in Cobalt, Canada -- a town that was born during the 1903 mineral rush. She shares a powerful account of signals to be detected in Cobalt's burning forests and the cry of a fox.
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Naturalist

Naturalist

Poet Clare Crossman follows the first six of her illustrated poems on nature and climate change with the second of two selections from In the Blackthorn Time and other poems, her collaboration with artist Victor Ibanez, including Naturalist.
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In the Blackthorn Time

In the Blackthorn Time

Poet Clare Crossman created a sequence of illustrated poems on nature and climate change for an appearance at Pivotal Festival in 2016. Here, she offers a short introduction and the first half dozen, including In the Blackthorn Time.
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Energetic - Exploring the past, present and future of energy

Energetic – Exploring the past, present and future of energy

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Energetic: Exploring the past, present and future of energy, a book that weaves together different strands from the Stories of Change project, excursions into what energy means and work by the project's artists. 2,010
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Forest - Rooted. Artist: Salli Hipkiss

The Riddle of the Trees: A Paean for the Natural World

Writer and artist Salli Hipkiss shares an extract from her novel's manuscript -- a glimpse into the heart of the story and its forest, and further into the development of character, meaning and writing for the 'We Generation'.
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Rock Pools in the Desert. Artist Robynne Limoges

Rock Pools in the Desert

Photographer Robynne Limoges shares a series of evocative abstract images that reflect her feelings on the critical issues of increasing water scarcity and expanding desert -- imagining 'the last bowl of water I will have at my disposal'.
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nonviolence

If the Anthropocene is Violence, What is Nonviolence?

Writer and editor Sally Moss works with nonviolence education organisation Commonweal, and she suggested an interview for their blog. Sally's questions were a great opportunity to touch on some of the deep connections between climate change and violence.
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the sea cannot be depleted

Placing the Sea

Researcher and writer Wallace Heim recently completed 'the sea cannot be depleted', her online project exploring the military exploitation of the Solway Firth. Wallace shares her reflections on the inspiration behind this powerful project and her creative process.
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The Gift of Stories

The Gift of Stories

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Jim Crace's imaginative 1988 novel, The Gift of Stones. Set on the cusp of change at the end of the Stone Age, a book could hardly be more relevant to the emerging Anthropocene. 2,270
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The Riddle of the Trees

My Voice in the Climate Change Crisis

Poet and artist Salli Hipkiss, in the first of two posts, reflects on how she came to understand the urgent challenges of climate change, and decided to write The Riddle of the Trees, a novel supporting positive change.
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A History of Eco-fiction, Part 2

A History of Eco-fiction, Part 2

Author Mary Woodbury, who outlined some of the common ground that helps 'define' eco-fiction in Part 1, looks at how this super-genre has grown and diversified in recent years. Her story returns to a family trip to Ireland.
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A History of Eco-fiction, Part 1

A History of Eco-fiction, Part 1

Author Mary Woodbury opens a two-part series on the development of eco-fiction: a form with many roots, which is "not so much a genre as a way to intersect natural landscape, environmental issues, and wilderness into other genres."
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The call of the New Forest

The Call of the Forest

Artist Julien Masson describes a residency in the New Forest, an environment that juxtaposes natural and human worlds, and his choice of a physical paint medium to represent the digital realm that often distances us from the natural.
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Adorning our new biosphere

Adorning Our New Biosphere

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe explores the call for a creative symposium on 'how to love the postcarbon world', our new biosphere. Can art, creativity, imagination actually help us to break free of our seemingly unbreakable pattern of thought?
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Art, Rise Up!

Art, Rise Up!

Artist Ottavia Virzi describes a recent intervention by Art Rise Up, the creative collective bringing art and activism together for environmental protection, in support of the campaign to halt opencast coal mining, using art to engage cultural meaning.
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The Colour of Flamboyant Flowers

The Colour of Flamboyant Flowers

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Wide Sargasso Sea, the classic novel by Jean Rhys: her prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and a story of blurred, alienation, displacement, colonialism and the 'othering' of difference in race and gender.
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The Ocean as Abject: Painting as Installation

The Ocean as Abject: Painting as Installation

Visual artist Mary Eighteen updates us on work that imagines a world where the ocean is on the trajectory to extinction. Here, Mary focuses on concepts of 'framing' as a means to provide the visual encounter with abjection. 1,290
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Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Maya Kings

Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Maya Kings

Anthropologist Lisa Lucero researches the emergence and demise of political power, ritual and water management among the Classic Maya. Her most recent project explores collapsed groundwater sinkholes for evidence of ancient Maya offerings and climate and landscape histories. 1,210
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In the Path of Its Beam

In the Path of Its Beam

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Annie Dillard's 1974 wonder-filled book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A classic, it nonetheless resists easy classification and explores, in equal measure, horror and beauty in nature: fixing both with Dillard's hallmark unblinking stare.
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Black haiku

Black Haiku: Poems for Dark Times

Photographer Robynne Limoges shares evocative images inspired by the haiku form, in her pursuit of the 'philosophical dilemma of how much light is required to dispel darkness and just how it is to be found and held close.'
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Pale.Blue

Pale.Blue

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe sets a new challenge: create small expressions of the more-than-human in the form of a signal for humanity. His inaugural signal appears as an alien encyclopedia entry cast adrift, backwards in time and space...
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The Gift of the Goddess Tree

The Gift of the Goddess Tree

Artist Jennifer Leach shares another story she performed as part of Festival of the Dark's micro-festival Dazzle. It's a tale of transformation: stretching imagination, shifting vision as key to waking us up. What if the world were other?
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What the Bee Sees

What the Bee Sees

Artist Jennifer Leach shares a story about bees, honey, hexagons and robotics. What the Bee Sees is the first of two stories Jennifer performed at the Festival of the Dark's micro-festival Dazzle. What if the world were other?
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Near / Far

Near / Far

Visual artist Rebecca Chesney, whose location-specific work is informed by her research and conversations with scientists, describes her experiences of drought and tree death in California while on a residency and shares some of the images she produced.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #8

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #8

Science historian and writer Sarah Dry offers objects past, present and future that help us investigate clouds and the gap between seeing and feeling. 'What is not revealed often plays more powerfully in the imagination than what is.'
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Stalking the Impossible

Stalking the Impossible

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Geoffrey Household's outstanding 1939 thriller, Rogue Male: a brilliant piece of landscape writing and a novel of slowly revealed relationships, between individual and society; human and more-than-human; surface and subterranean; cunning and culture.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene - Three Objects #7

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #7

Poet Nancy Campbell chooses a child's bone kayak, a wooden paddle, innovative metal islands: three objects that demonstrate how the past and present elide as our environment changes and how, whatever choices lie ahead, travel is always forward.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene - Three Objects #6

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #6

Curator Veronica Sekules shares three Anthropocene objects that mark the movement from a visionary symbol of eternity, to the hubris of a transitory age and on to a time which will be witnessed by what endures after us.
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ClimateKeys -- Moving Climate Conversations Centre Stage

ClimateKeys — Moving Climate Conversations Centre Stage

Composer and pianist Lola Perrin offers this roundup of her own and many others' experiences of ClimateKeys -- the major, global initiative she set up to bring together musicians, experts and audiences to engage in climate change conversations.
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By Understanding COP23, We Can Help COP24 Succeed

By Understanding COP23, We Can Help COP24 Succeed

In a three-way discussion, James Murray-White, Lola Perrin and Paul Allen explore Paul's experiences at the COP23 climate talks in Bonn. Their video interview is a valuable insight for those of us who couldn't be there in person.
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The Beating Heart of COP24

The Beating Heart of COP24

Paul Allen, Project Director of the Centre for Alternative Technology's Zero Carbon Britain programme, shares his reflections after taking part in the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, and looks ahead to the cultural challenges for COP24 next year.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #5

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #5

Writer Nick Hunt traces the years through present, future and past on a path that will not stay forever on any one course; and returns us to a longer view, honouring the power and beauty of natural forms.
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Doggerland Rising #2: Sinking Into the North Sea

Doggerland Rising #2: Sinking Into the North Sea

Writer Justina Hart concludes her account of writing Doggerland Rising, researching the prehistory of the mesolithic peoples of these lowland plains before sea level rise created the North Sea, and reveals what she has learned from the process.
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Anticipatory History: Living With the Question

Anticipatory History: Living With the Question

Environmental artist Linda Gordon responds to Anticipatory history with reflections on personal memories, intimations of change -- 'places and objects within them become part of our personal inner world' -- and a recent example of her ephemeral art. 
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Of Fire, Ice and Earth

Of Fire, Ice and Earth

Filmmaker James Murray-White reviews Fire & Ice, an exhibition bringing together three artists who complement each others' practice in a way that points the audience 'to deeper connections with the base elements that underpin planetary life and consciousness'.
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The Rise of Climate Fiction #2: The Emotional Key

The Rise of Climate Fiction #2: The Emotional Key

Author David Thorpe considers approaches that engage readers with human stories within the climate change one, and writers' responsibilities in climate fiction, given that "stories are fundamentally how humans understand and spread wisdom as well as entertain themselves."
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What Use is Grief to a Horse?

What Use is Grief to a Horse?

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews Peter Shaffer's 1973 play, Equus, which explores incomprehensible violence against animals as an indictment of society's dulling of the feeling of true passion, our relationship with the natural world a distortion of nature.
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Keyboard Conversations Across the World

Keyboard Conversations Across the World

Dramatist Julia Marques previews ClimateKeys, a visionary global initiative from fellow ClimateCultures Member Lola Perrin. Julia considers the space it offers for more relaxed, but still urgent, sharing of thought and dialogue on the predicament of our times.
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Action, Participation, Feeling: Where’s My Igloo Gone?

Action, Participation, Feeling: Where’s My Igloo Gone?

Artistic Director Adam Ledger discusses the process of devising The Bone Ensemble's Where's My Igloo Gone? and the challenges of making participatory theatre about home and community that presents climate change as something that we can collectively address.
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The Rise of Climate Fiction #1: Beyond Dystopia and Utopia

The Rise of Climate Fiction #1: Beyond Dystopia and Utopia

Writer David Thorpe overviews the development of fictional works addressing climate change, and how the term 'Cli-fi' (which he discovered when he published his novel, Stormteller) reveals the tension between our twin fascinations with utopian and dystopian visions.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #4

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #4

Curator Ruth Garde selects three Anthropocene objects: artworks that evoke a past, present and future, highlighting how Deep Time and 'human time' are implicated in each other, and the imbalances in our relationship with the rest of nature.
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“Water’s Rising, at Their Ankles Now...”

“Water’s Rising, at Their Ankles Now…”

Filmmaker James Murray-White returns, fresh from a trip to Hull, City of Culture 2017, to bring us his review of the remarkable and immersive performance of 'FLOOD', a production that's "exploring our humanity and responses to the world".
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Walking the Winds: Mistral

Walking the Winds: Mistral

Writer Nick Hunt walked the invisible pathways of Europe’s named winds for Where the Wild Winds Are. His final extract tracks France’s Mistral ('masterly', from the Latin magistralis), the ‘idiot wind’ that inspired and tormented Vincent Van Gogh.
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Walking the Winds: Foehn

Walking the Winds: Foehn

Writer Nick Hunt walked the invisible pathways of Europe’s named winds for Where the Wild Winds Are. Here he pursues Switzerland's ‘snow-eating’ Foehn, which brings clear skies and wildfires -- as well as insomnia, nosebleeds, anxiety and depression.
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Walking the Winds: Bora

Walking the Winds: Bora

Writer Nick Hunt walked the invisible pathways of Europe’s named winds for Where the Wild Winds Are. In his third extract, Nick follows the freezing Bora –named for Boreas, the ice-bearded Greek god of the north wind. 510
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Space for Thought

Space for Thought

Dramatist Julia Marques reflects on her research for an MA in Climate Change: Culture, History, Society, and the role that theatre can play in opening up space for us to take in what climate change means for us. 
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Walking the Winds: Helm

Walking the Winds: Helm

Writer Nick Hunt walked the invisible pathways of Europe’s named winds for Where the Wild Winds Are. Here, he's on the trail of the Helm, which blows from desolate Cross Fell to wreak havoc in the Eden Valley.
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Necessity and Urgency -- Summer of Learning

Necessity and Urgency — Summer of Learning

Film-maker James Murray-White captures the energy and inspiration of a busy summer learning, engaging others and sharing their stories, recalling four very different events: a climate visuals workshop, a regenerative activism retreat, a performance and a coastal encounter.
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Walking the Winds: Blown Away

Walking the Winds: Blown Away

Writer Nick Hunt has walked the invisible pathways of Europe’s named winds, to discover how they affect landscapes, people and cultures through which they blow. Five extracts from Where the Wild Winds Are begin with the book's introduction.
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The Words That Make Our Stories...

The Words That Make Our Stories…

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe returns to Anticipatory history, looking at four entries in that book and at other illustrations of how language reveals and shapes the way we understand and respond to erosion and other examples of change.
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Beyond Tongues: Into the Animist Language of Stone

Beyond Tongues: Into the Animist Language of Stone

Photographer Oliver Raymond-Barker shares a talk he gave at art.earth's In Other Tongues, encountering on a climb in a Welsh slate quarry a world beyond our normal modes of communication and a route away from modern separatist language.
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Doggerland Rising #1: Walking Across the North Sea

Doggerland Rising #1: Walking Across the North Sea

Writer Justina Hart introduces her poem (commissioned following a Weatherfronts climate change conference) about prehistoric events that drowned Doggerland and made Britain an island, and how her research with the help of palaeo-scientists fed into the creative process.
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Anticipatory History

Anticipatory History

Writer Mark Goldthorpe reviews Anticipatory history, a book that explores the possibilities for 'looking back' at histories of environmental change in places to help us 'look forward' to what futures might be in store, and we might shape.
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On Symbols of Hope for the Future

On Symbols of Hope for the Future

Artist Mary Eighteen discusses powerful associations of hope she sees between the 20th-century art of Barnet Newman and a 21st-century technology that will protect Venice and its Renaissance heritage from some of the impacts of manmade climate change.
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The Stories We Live By

The Stories We Live By

Writer Mark Goldthorpe explores an online ecolinguistics course, delving into how we structure and receive discourses -- texts, dialogues, advertising, news reports, stories -- in ways that shape our attitudes and beliefs on environmental, social and economic issues.
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Meinrad Craighead and the Animal Face of God

Meinrad Craighead and the Animal Face of God

Illustrator and writer Mat Osmond explores shifting personifications of ‘animal mysteries’ in artist Meinrad Craighead's powerful paintings to look for an understanding of how we might approach art practice and our apprehension of landscape in terms of prayer.
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Taking the World for a Walk

Taking the World for a Walk

Writer Mark Goldthorpe reviews the Deep Time Walk app, taking its blend of geology and biology on a walk into local woods, guided by its Fool and Scientist, to explore 4.6 billion years of Earth's history towards Now.
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'A Plastic Ocean' at North Devon Arts

‘A Plastic Ocean’ at North Devon Arts

Environmental artist Linda Gordon reflects on a recent exhibition she contributed work to, where artists responded to the documentary 'A Plastic Ocean', and the issues of plastics pollution of the oceans that produced such a diversity of art.
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It Begins ...

It Begins …

Dramatist Julia Marques introduces her research on the increasing interest in climate change within new drama, using visual discourse analysis to chart how the topics are addressed explicitly or form a backdrop to the world of the performance.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #3

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #3

Artist Jennifer Leach selects three objects that evoke a past, present and future Anthropocene, and highlights care and nurture as constants across humanity's ages and communities. Her words move from prose to poetry, suggesting a timeline of hope.
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The Art of Noise

The Art of Noise

Writer Mark Goldthorpe reviews Climate Symphony Lab. This lively and loud gathering of scientists, musicians, journalists, sound artists and social scientists was both fun and thought-provoking, and provided an overwhelm of data as raw material for creative thinking.
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A People of the Fall

A People of the Fall

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews William Golding's The Inheritors, an essential reimagining of a key transition for humanity, our place as inheritors of a world that lives around and inside us, and of separation of culture from nature.
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The Anthropocene Writ Small: My Friend Jules

The Anthropocene Writ Small: My Friend Jules

Artist and game designer Ken Eklund shows how working with stories offers popular and accessible routes into the past and present of our life with energy, and imagining possible futures as part of the Stories of Change project. 
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Óshlið: River Mouth \\ Slope

Óshlið: River Mouth \\ Slope

Filmmakers Sarah Thomas and Jon Randall share a conversation about the ideas, stories and creative processes behind their film exploring Óshlið, an abandoned road in Iceland -- accompanied by a slideshow of their images from this changing place.
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A Personal History of the Anthropocene - Three Objects #2

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #2

Artist Julien Masson explores memory, material transience and meaning in his an intriguing response to our ClimateCultures challenge to share three objects with personal significance and illustrate the past, present and future of the emerging ‘Age of Human’.
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Utopia and Its Discontents

Utopia and Its Discontents

David Thorpe -- one of the short story writers, poets and non-fiction writers commissioned from two Weatherfronts climate change conferences -- explores the thinking that went into his story, included in the free anthology of the winning pieces.
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Generating Counter-Factual Worlds

Generating Counter-Factual Worlds

Multi-disciplinary artist Deborah Mason outlines her collaboration with researchers, engaging people in counter-factual imagination. What if one historic event had been otherwise, giving us an alternative present to ours? What would be the possibilities in our altered 'Now'?
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A Questionable Shore

A Questionable Shore

Writer Mark Goldthorpe reviews Into the Wind, a film excursion following naturalist, radio producer and writer Tim Dee as he walks off into the edgelands of East Anglia's Wash, in search of a pure unmediated, uninterrupted, thousand-mile wind.
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The Polar Tombola

The Polar Tombola

Poet Nancy Campbell, whose experience in the Arctic was enriched by learning Kalaallisut, reports on the UK tour of The Polar Tombola, which aims to encourage awareness of endangered Arctic languages and the environment recorded in their vocabularies.
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You, Familiar

You, Familiar

Artist Scarlet Hall debuts her poem You, familiar -- narrated over photos of clay sculptures used in a Coal Action Network action outside a government department in London, and accompanied by text from fellow CAN activist Isobel Tarr.
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The Coccolithophores Project

The Coccolithophores Project

Collage, sculpture and video artist Julien Masson collaborates with researchers in a dynamic dialogue between digital technology, science and arts to explore coccolithophores: tiny, photosynthetic marine lifeforms with an important role in our planet's oxygen and carbon cycles. 800
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The Ocean as Abject: Between Seduction and Defilement

The Ocean as Abject: Between Seduction and Defilement

Fine artist Mary Eighteen and multimedia artist Julien Masson collaborate in painting and video, to explore the space between seduction and defilement in a world where meaning has broken down in relation to ecological protection of our oceans.
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Bringing Our Monsters Back Home

Bringing Our Monsters Back Home

Mark Goldthorpe reviews John Gardner's Grendel, a novel that reimagines the monster of the Old English epic poem Beowulf and speaks to us about 'Othering' the natural world, and how our excluded monsters insist on coming back in.
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A Razor-Sharp Fragility

A Razor-Sharp Fragility

Composer and pianist Lola Perrin discusses isolation: to create, we need to be alone (physically or mentally) and this can be an unpleasant process. And yet, we carry on creating because suppressing that creativity is even more unpleasant.
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Night breathes us in

On Night in the Daytime

Writer Mark Goldthorpe joined the gathering for The Night Breathes Us In, part of Reading's year-long Festival of the Dark, and found three simple, unexpected ways that the ‘outside’ – human, more-than-human, solar – came inside the tent.
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acidification

On Sullied Seas

Fine artist Mary Eighteen introduces her ongoing collection of works on a theme of the Sullied Atlantic and ocean acidification, exploring her deep concern for how humanity is destroying the future of our oceans and, in turn, ourselves.
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Anthropocene object

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #1

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe set Members a challenge: share your choice of three objects with personal significance for you and that say something of the past, present and future of the emerging Anthropocene. Here is his personal contribution.
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Festival of the dark

Festival of the Dark – Dark February

Artist Jennifer Leach introduces Reading's year-long Festival of the Dark, whose purpose is to gently lead people into the darkness -- a place of stillness, mystery and contemplation, and a locus of the unknowing and the unknown. 790
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interstices

Interstices of Things Ajar

Mark Goldthorpe explores interstices -- a "space that intervenes between things, especially between closely spaced things; a gap or break in something generally continuous" -- and associations with birds that play off his fascination with two mythical ravens.
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Wayra

Spaces for Joy and Grief

Writer Laura Coleman explores the urgent need for spaces where we can engage the emotions of environmental change -- to hold onto our spaces, and create new ones -- and shares two spaces with deep meaning for her.
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Ouroboros - wicked problems

Culturing Climate Change

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe explores climate change through the lens of 'Wicked Problems' and what 'culture' -- a web of identities and practices that rub up against each other -- means for how we might think about it.
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