Yearly Archives: 2014

Little Green Book

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Originally posted on Working the Tweed:

We are delighted to be able to share this Little Green Book with you which has been imaginatively designed by Felicity Bristow of But ‘n’ Ben Bindery & Press, Maxton.  Click here to open the Little Green Book

The Little Green Book is based on our environmental policy and reflects our activities as a small rural based organisation that runs arts projects and tours performances and exhibitions both near and far. It is a simple achievable policy to help us to start to actively reduce our carbon footprint.

Please do share this Little Green Book with others and use it as a basis for writing your own.

Alongside the Little Green Book we are compiling an online directory of suppliers that we have found and used that have sustainable credentials and clear environmental policies. Please do tell us of suppliers you would like to recommend both locally within the Scottish…

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ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.
It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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Opportunity: Ongoing Call for Green Arts Initiative Members

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Creative Carbon Scotland, in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh, is aiming to increase the environmental sustainability of Edinburgh’s festivals. This year we’re inviting all Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues to join the Green Arts Initiative  (GAI) – an easy entry accreditation scheme which supports you to spread the word about your green work with audiences, artists and suppliers. So why not join the growing number or organisations and venues working towards a more sustainable Scotland and sign up?

Being part of the GAI has numerous benefits, including:

  • Ability to advertise yourself to production companies and audiences as a ‘green’ venue
  • Reduced energy costs through our advice and action on efficiency and use
  • Membership of a unique and growing network of green Scottish venues, companies and offices

Our recruitment for GAI members during the Edinburgh Festivals is unique as in that we’ll be providing advice to temporary and permanent venues, whereas GAI has mainly focused on strictly permanent venues up to this point.

Existing Green Arts Initiative members that will be participating in the Edinburgh Festivals include Assembly, Bedlam Theatre, The Edinburgh International Book Festival and The Traverse Theatre.

To join is very simple. In order to qualify, a venue must:

  • Name a member of their staff as a ‘Green Champion’,
  • Strive to improve to their monitoring and management of environmental impacts each year,
  • Sign up the Green Arts Portal, a measurement tool that aids in this monitoring, and
  • Send a yearly informal report about their environmental actions

To sign up, please complete the attached one-page form, and send it back to catriona.patterson@creativecarbonscotland.com

GAI 2014 sign up form

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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Call for Papers – ‘Performing Ecos’

Contributions are invited for a special themed peer-reviewed journal issue of Performing Ethos

Deadline for Proposals: 15 August 2014

Guest-Editors: Bronwyn Preece (Independant Artist/Scholar), Jess Allen (University of Manchester) and Stephen Bottoms (University of Manchester).

Special Issue
17571979Global climate change is catalysing an examination of ecological ethics: humanity’s continuing failure to respond meaningfully to the impending environmental crisis has been characterized by philosopher Stephen M. Gardiner as a ‘perfect moral storm’ (2011). How are these ethical imperatives currently being addressed through, or as, performance? This edition aims to examine critically how ecological ethics and ethos may be supporting and challenging the current range of practices. ‘Performing Ecos’ will be an international interrogation of where the dynamic interdisciplinary field now situates itself in relation to Una Chaudhuri’s provocative and catalysing 1994 statement that Western theatre, being humanist-centred, is largely anti-ecological. Chaudhuri’s article, one of the first to acknowledge this philosophical dilemma, has been pivotal in stimulating both critical and performance responses from a wide range of scholarly perspectives. This special themed journal will be among the first specifically to unpack and foreground the ethos and ethics that now underpin performance and/as ecology. The journal will be published in Autumn 2015, and seeks to collate an international response to the following questions:

• How are contemporary performance practices being critically challenged by an ecological ethos? How does ‘ecology’ challenge how performance theorists think about ‘ethics’?

• How is ecological performance resisting – or further entrenching – binaries between rural/urban, nature/culture, metaphor/material, local/global?

• What are the ethics of framing climate change and other geophysical processes in terms of performance? (e.g. Kershaw 2012)

• How are indigenous voices and values being incorporated or appropriated through ecological performance? Are our ‘ethics’ being conceived and scribed with the same multivocality that they espouse?

• Is ecological performance cultivating, reinforcing or challenging a gendered aesthetic?

• How do the aesthetics of ecological performance differ across practices (ecocritical, site-specific, activist) and across continents?

Proposal Submissions
Contributors are invited to consider the above questions in practice-based contexts, as well as in theoretical and philosophical terms. We are inviting contributions in a diversity of presentation formats, from formal papers to artists’ pages. Articles should be between 5000-7000 words (Artist Pages do not necessarily need to conform to this designation). Accompanying photographs are encouraged.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by 15 August 2014 to Bronwyn Preece: improvise@bronwynpreece.com. Please include a 100-word biographical statement with your submission. Selected submissions will be due by 31 October 2014, and final drafts will be selected at the end of May 2015. Performing Ethos uses the Harvard citation style.

Submissions must comply with the Intellect Journal Style Guide.

Performing Ethos is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream Performing Ethos: ‘Performing Ecos’ will include book reviews. Additionally, this special issue will include a centre-spread, which will include a 100-word reflective response from contributors to the same question: what is YOUR ethic of performance and/as ecology?

References
Chaudhuri, U. (1994), ‘There Must be A Lot of Fish in that Lake: Toward an Ecological Theater’, Theater, 25: 1, pp. 23-31.
Gardiner, S. (2011), A Perfect Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change, New York: OUP.
Kershaw, B. (2012), ‘‘This is the Way the World Ends, Not…?’ On Performance Compulsion and Climate Change’, Performance Research, 17: 4, pp. 5-17.

Download the PEET Notes for Contributors

EMERGENCE  LAND JOURNEY 2014 (South Wales)

Logo_Emergence_PINK_RGB.1.1The much anticipated Emergence 2014 Land Journey: ‘THE WALK THAT RECONNECTS’  runs between Monday 8th (p.m) and Saturday 13th September (a.m) 2014.

“How do we create a shared narrative or story and draw out the collaborative voice of the WE not just the ME?” Lucy Neal.

The 2014 Emergence Land Journey offers much more than just a guided walk through some of the most varied and beautiful countryside in the UK (this time in Mawr and Gower in South Wales). The Walk That Reconnects offers participants an opportunity to consciously walk into a sustainable future together.  Inspired by the ideas of eco-psychologist and activist Joanna Macy and ‘The Work That Re-connects,’ it combines a multi-stage land journey, outdoor conference and walking workshop all in one event.

Facilitated by Lucy Neal (co-founder LIFT/Transition Town Tooting/Playing For Time) and Fern Smith (co-founder Volcano Theatre/Emergence), the Land Journey offers an opportunity for a deepened dialogue, concentration and reflection on the things that matter and things we take for granted. The group is taken on a physical journey and inner journey designed to “build motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture.”

For more information or to secure a place please contact Holli Messam: holli@emergence-uk.org.