Laura Donkers - freelance eco artist
The current ecological crisis is a symptom of the way society has operated and been organised. Humanity needs to come to terms with the damage that industrialisation has caused to ecology, as well as attend to the climatic changes and biodiversity loss that has been unleashed. More than ever, approaches that enliven civic dialogue and arouse community attention are urgently needed.
Artists can help to fuel change by opening up new ways of seeing through formulating alliances that deliver collective impact, and bridge societal knowledge gaps towards more ecologically regenerative models. My research and practice present the artist as cross-culture, cross-discipline, and cross-sector practitioner who develops transformational communities of practice, through collaboration and participation, engaging broad knowledge perspectives on ecological and societal connectedness.
Artists can unlock thinking and forge new perspectives to develop versatile, collaborative practices that embrace uncertainty and act towards systemic cultural change. Research into creative engagement practices that work across ecological, social, and cultural realms can expand understanding of how artists’ intellectual, practical, and social skills can invite, inspire, and utilise critical thinking and performative actions to help transform societal behaviours.
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 https://www.academia.edu/44600995/COLLABORATIVE_ARTISTIC_CO_CREATIVE_METHODS_THAT_PROMOTE_ECO_SOCIAL_REGENERATION
2020: (In Preparation) "Enlivening embodied community knowledges as leverage for generating climate change engagement" in Sustainability Science Special Feature: Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformations, edited by Julia Levanton, Springer
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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