An Interview with Artists Timo Aho and Pekka Niittyvirta

by Amy Brady This month I have for you a two-person interview with Finnish artists Timo Aho and Pekka Niittyvirta, who recently collaborated on an installation in Scotland entitled Lines (57° 59′ N, 7° 16’W); it brings greater awareness to the risks of sea-level rise. Both artists have created previous works that speak to large, systemic issues,

Painter Michelle Irizarry Allows Her Art to Evolve with Her Growing Understanding of Climate Change

by Peterson Toscano   Originally from Puerto Rico, Michelle Irizarry is a visual artist and civil engineer living in Orlando, Florida. As a result of climate change, she has seen a big transformation in her work as an artist. A mother of two girls still in elementary school, she not only uses her art to process

Wild Authors: Paolo Bacigalupi

by Mary Woodbury Paolo Bacigalupi’s novels tell stories about human impacts on the environment – and, in turn, the results of these impacts back on humans. An award-winning author, Bacigalupi often explores bioengineering and loss of fossil fuels or fresh water in his stories. His novels in this field include The Windup Girl, Shipbreaker, The

Opportunity: The Sunny Art Prize 2019 – International Art Competition

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition in the UK is a global platform offering art opportunities to emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world, including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The

Q24: ISSUE TAKEOVER: Lab for Aesthetics and Ecology

Our first-ever issue takeover! The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology takeover of the CSPA Quarterly proposes generative spaces of experiment and failure for a speculative, sustainable aesthetics. The issue grapples with the metaphors of compost and glutinous narratives. It paints with the eerily luminous colours of climate breakdown, and offers instructions for post-(r)evolutionary survival. It

Sector donates to support Creative Carbon Scotland’s work

Members of Scotland’s arts & cultural (and food) sector have been showing some creative ways of raising funds to support Creative Carbon Scotland’s work. We’re delighted to have been the recipient of a number of donations – from artists to food vendors – to help support our work putting culture at the heart of making

Inuit Artists on their Changing Relationship with the Land and Sea

by Susan Hoffman Fishman Inuit are an Indigenous people who live mostly in the circumpolar regions of Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Although the various ethnic groups use different dialects, Inuit share the common language root of Inuktituk and call their homeland Inuit Nunangat. When Natan Obed, the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organization

The Creative Climate Movement

I joined London-based charity Julie’s Bicycle in September 2013 to work with artists, organizations, policymakers, and funders on embedding environmental thinking and action across cultural activity. For over 10 years, Julie’s Bicycle has been supporting the creative community to reduce their impacts and advocate for action on climate change, delivering a rich program of events, training,

Aerosolar Sculptures

by Joan Sullivan You’ve heard of the Anthropocene: the proposed name for the current geological epoch during which the collective activities of Homo sapiens have irrevocably and unwisely (man!) altered the Earth’s surface, atmosphere, oceans and systems of nutrient recycling. But have you heard of the Aerocene? Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene Gemeni, Free Flight, 2016. Courtesy

Wild Authors: Clara Hume

by Mary Woodbury  After 15 months of writing this series about other authors tackling climate change in fiction, I’m going off the path this month by talking about my own novels, under pen name Clara Hume. Next month we’ll return to covering other authors, and I have two in the works that I’m excited about

Agritecture: Portmanteau for the Anthropocene

by Joan Sullivan Comment Agritecture, a portmanteau that marries agriculture and architecture, has made it into the art world. Roca London Gallery‘s 2019 spring exhibit London 2026: Recipes for Building a Food Capital explores the question “Can ‘agritecture’ make cities self-sufficient?” Curated by Department 22, this fascinating exhibit imagines architecture morphing into agritecture over the next decade in

What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

by Chantal Bilodeau Comment A few months ago, I came across an article by science journalist Ed Yong titled “I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories.” Inspired by a colleague who analyzed the gender ratio of sources in her own writing, Yong did some forensics work and discovered, to his surprise,

The Literary Method of Urban Design

by Alan Marshall Comments Smothered in soaking tropical heat, I’ve been chasing my two-year-old as he runs through fields of strange flowers, treads around frog-filled ponds, and attempts to climb the local banana trees. He’s having a ball, feeling adventurous and free, but his mum and I are drenched in sweat as one of us

Wild Authors: Morgan Nyberg

by Mary Woodbury Comment Morgan Nyberg grew up in farming country in southern British Columbia. After graduating from the University of British Columbia he worked as a laborer for a decade before finally settling into teaching. For most of the last 30 years he has lived abroad, teaching English as a Foreign Language in Ecuador, Portugal

An Interview with Artist Katie Holten

This month I have for you a fascinating interview with Katie Holten, a visual artist and self-proclaimed “resistance fighter” based in New York City. She’s the creator of the New York City Tree Alphabet, an interactive project that lets you type in trees. Really! What is the New York City Tree Alphabet? The New York City Tree Alphabet is

From One Island to Another

by Megan McClain Comments The new year brought major breakthroughs and inspiration for the 2018-19 Superhero Clubhouse Fellows who shared their progress last month at the SHC Salon. Spoken word poet Shy Richardson and climate scientist Karina Yager traveled from New York City to Puerto Rico to explore the resilience of the island during and after Hurricane Maria

Good Energy partnership to help Scottish cultural sector ‘go green’

A new collaboration between Creative Carbon Scotland and Good Energy will support Scotland’s cultural sector to go green. Match-funded by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland (CBFS) programme, Creative Carbon Scotland is pleased to announce a new partnership with 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy to develop knowledge, resources and green energy opportunities for the Scottish Green Arts community.

Writer Elizabeth Rush Distills the Stories of Communities Affected by Sea Level Rise

by Peterson Toscano Comment Author Elizabeth Rush talks about her award-winning book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. Elizabeth spent time in nine different coastal communities. She explains, “Each chapter opens with a monologue from a resident. The idea is to give them a microphone; I don’t want to give them a voice…Any amount of

Wild Authors: Barbara Kingsolver

by Mary Woodbury Comments From Barbara Kingsolver’s official site: “Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955, and grew up in rural Kentucky. She earned degrees in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, and has worked as a freelance writer and author since 1985. At various times in her adult life she has lived in England,

Wild Authors: Susan M. Gaines

by Mary Woodbury Comments This month’s spotlight is on Susan M. Gaines, who wrote Carbon Dreams, her first published novel – and she has just completed another. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, such as the North American Review and the Missouri Review, and in the anthologies Best of the West V and Sacred Ground: Writings About Home. She