research

The current ecological crisis is a symptom of the way society has operated and been organised. We need to come to terms with the damage that colonialism, capitalism and industrialisation have caused to ecology, as well as attend to the climatic changes and biodiversity loss that have been unleashed. More than ever, approaches that arouse community attention and enliven civic dialogue are urgently needed.

 

Ecological artists can help to fuel change and open up new ways of seeing through developing a range of alliances to deliver collective impact and bridge societal knowledge gaps. As cross-culture, cross-discipline, and cross-sector practitioners,  they develop collaborative transformational communities of practice to develop ecological and societal connectedness.

Research into creative engagement practices that work across ecological, social and cultural realms can expand understanding of how artists’ skills might inspire critical thinking and performative actions to help transform societal behaviour. Ecological artists seek to unlock thinking, forge new perspectives and develop versatile, collaborative practices that embrace uncertainty and act towards systemic cultural change.

 

Record of Research

2021: (Under review) "Revitalising embodied community knowledges as leverage for climate change engagement" in Climatic Change, Springer Nature

2021: (In Preparation) "“Mindfulness and Ballerina Shoes”: (Re)connecting Community to the Awataha Stream" (co-written with Charmine Baillie) in Open Rivers e-journal | Rethinking water, place & community

2020:Collaborative Artistic Co-Creative Methods That Promote Eco-Social Regeneration” Chapter 4 in Using the visual and performing arts to encourage pro-environmental behaviour, edited by David Curtis. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

2020:"Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social regeneration for small island communities" PhD Thesis in Contemporary Art Practice

2019: Listening to the Community: How co-creative listening approaches can help to develop strategic, eco-social regeneration. AAANZ Conference Ngā Tūtaki: Encounter/s at University of Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2019: The Embodied Co-Creative Process of Drawing. AAANZ Conference Ngā Tūtaki: Encounter/s at University of Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2019:  Eco-social Practice: Advancing collaborative artistic co-creative methods to promote eco-social regeneration. EcoArts Australis 3rd National Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
2019: Counteracting the Cult of Self: Eco-Socially Engaged Art Practice. Arts in Society 14th International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
2019: Community Embodied Knowledge as a Leverage Point. Leverage Points 2019 Conference, Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany

2018: Drawing: Knowledge as Process.The Embodied Experience of Drawing One-Day Symposium 13th April 2018, Ocean Studios, Plymouth UK 

2018: The Monument Game TRANS CULTURAL EXCHANGE International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons, Quebec City, Canada

2017: Locating Place Through Local Knowledge. Contemporary Visual Art in Lorne, Oban, Scotland

2017: Drawing Rooted in the Terrain. New Perspectives on Landscape, St Andrews University, Scotland

2017: Drawing Without Representation. LangEnact II Meaning without representation: grounding language in Sensorimotor coordination, Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark

2017: The Mutable Book: Intra-Leaving & Sewing Wildflowers. ASLE-UKI & Land2 Conference 2017: Cross Multi Inter Trans. Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland), University of Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield, UK

2016: The Monument Game. Memory, Identity and Landscape – Geographical Perspectives, DCU, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and Re-Writing History, True North Conference, Timespan, Helmsdale, Scotland

2016: Being in Place. PG Researchers Conference with Land2, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art And Design, University of Dundee, Scotland

2015: Wall-Paper-Plant: Putting Agential Realism into Practice. ‘Matter Matters’ Symposium, Leeds University/Land2, University of Leeds, Leeds UK

2014: How I found my way to the written word through visual art. IAWIS/AIERTI 2014, published Philosophy Study, Vol. 4, No. 7, 2014, David Publishing, New York

2014: Reading Landscape: The Deception of Simplicity. Graduate Thesis, MFA Art, Society, Publics, DJCAD, University of Dundee

2011: Cognition: Mind and Terrain. Undergraduate thesis, Moray College of Art, Elgin, Scotland

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