Yearly Archives: 2014

New Book–Living Pathways: Meditations on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia

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Living Pathways: Meditations on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia

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About the BookGlobalisation and technological progress have ushered us into a new era of development. Never before has the promise of the ‘Good Life’ in a hedonistic, consumerist utopia, been within reach for so many. Yet a significant portion of humanity is still unable to meet their basic needs. These trends are unsustainable, and beg the question: Where are we heading as a global community… and at what cost?

In 2005, M. Nadarajah embarked on a journey into the heart of Asia to research culturally imbedded notions of sustainable development. He met with theindigenous communities of the Henanga, Ainu, Lanna, Karen, Kankanaey, Balinese and several others. These cultures reside far from the problems of mainstream development, both physically and spiritually. Their lifestyles incorporate philosophies of interconnectedness; of the sacredness of nature; of the continuity of Past, Present and Future. Rather than offer notions of sustainable development, these life-affirming philosophies pave a pathway towards a deep sustainability.

On this path, we find answers to how we must change as a society in order for us to preserve our world for all future generations. But do we have the collective will to overcome our consumptive habits and start living responsibly? Living Pathways offers its readers a chance to meditate upon these questions. It provides meaningful directions towards the spiritual paths of sustainable communities we often take for granted. Above all, it shows the reader a picture of the world we live in as it could be, if only we choose to make it so.

About the Author

M. Nadarajah, or ‘Nat’, earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, in 1993. His doctoral thesis was published in 1999 as Culture, Gender and Ecology: Beyond Workerism. Nat has spent his life working on the interconnected issues of communication, process development and management, culture, spirituality and sustainability. He has written several books on these issues: Another Malaysia is Possible and Other Essays: Writings on Culture and Politics for a Sustainable World (2004) and his co-edited book Urban Crisis: Culture and the Sustainability of Cities (2007) are noteworthy contributions. He is one of the pioneers of the Global Centre for the Study of Sustainable Futures and Spirituality (GCSSFS, www.gcssfs.org). In 2005, Nat became an Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellow, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation. This allowed him to embark on a research ‘pilgrimage’ that inspired the meditations presented here in Living Pathways.

For information on how to order the book, visit Areca Books.

Sustainable Arts in Higher Education Symposium

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Sustainable Arts in Higher Education Symposium

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12th February 2014, 2pm – 5pm (followed by drinks)
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in conjunction with Julie’s Bicycle, will  host the first ‘Sustainable Arts in Higher Education Symposium,’ on the afternoon, of the  12th February. It is intended that this will be an informative and interactive session for those within higher education, specifically in the creative arts arena, who wish to explore and share issues pertinent to sustainability, embracing all aspects of the creative arts environment both within an educational infrastructure as well as from a wider industry perspective.  We envisage this event being a catalyst for engendering further interest in the topic and igniting a future formal network of like-minded people. The afternoon will encompass a panel of speakers from a variety of institutions, together with a Q&A, networking, drinks and nibbles!

The afternoon will encompass a panel of speakers from a variety of institutions, together with a Q&A, networking, drinks and nibbles!

If you would like to attend this free event – n.b. a small voluntary, charitable, donation will be requested on the day – please save this date to your diary. Further details with confirmed speakers and an agenda with be sent out to registered delegates nearer the time.

Click here for more information and booking.

Culture Change Conference

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Culture Change Conference

5th Feburary 2014, 10.15am – 4pm (Registration from 9am)
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Providing business support to build sustainability in creative and cultural industries across the East of England.

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The Culture Change Conference 2014 will bring together expert speakers and workshop facilitators to address how the creative and cultural industries can take action on environmental sustainability.

Speakers include:
Professor Chris Rapley, Department of Earth Sciences at UCL
Sustainable fashion designer Orsola de Castro
Journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegel
Jonathan Reekie, CEO of Aldeburgh Music
Donna Lynas, Director of Wysing Arts Centre
Martin Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design
… and more!

Find out more about the speakers.

The conference will launch the Culture Change programme, through which Julie’s Bicycle is providing free low carbon business support to East of England SMEs in the creative and cultural industries from now until March 2015.

On 5 February 2014, the Royal Opera House is hosting a free conference to launchCulture Change, a new business support programme for creative and cultural industries based in the East of England.

The conference will open at 9am with a networking opportunity, followed by an introduction by Alex Beard at 10.15am and the first presentation. It will close at 4pm.View the full agenda.

The programme, run by the Royal Opera House and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, is designed to encourage sustainable development in small to medium enterprises by offering bespoke advice, a support network and a series of free workshops and seminars.

The conference will include panel discussions about practical action on sustainability, led by speakers including Chris Rapley (Professor of Climate Science at University College, London), Orsola De Castro (leading eco fashion designer and founder of Esthetica) and Lucy Siegle (environmental journalist); taster workshops; introductions to the latest marketing strategies, carbon calculator tools and funding opportunities; and an interactive session to highlight sustainability objectives.

To book a free ticket, register now. For any further information, please e-mail Michelle Flinn at michelle.flinn@roh.org.uk, or phone 01708 892849.

The Culture Change programme has been created by a partnership between the Royal Opera House, Julie’s Bicycle, Creative & Cultural Skills, High House Production Park and Thurrock Borough Council. 

Click here to register your place and find out more.

The Future of Small Scale Touring

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The Future of Small Scale Touring
An Independent Touring Symposium by Paines Plough

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30th January 2014, 11am – 6pm
The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Julie’s Bicycle will give a TED style presentation on how touring companies are developing more sustainable ways of working, as part of this day long symposium.

For ticket prices or to find out more click here.

Julie’s Bicycle is inviting anyone who cares about the future of small scale theatre touring to attend an independent touring symposium on Thursday 30 January 2014 at The Royal Exchange, Manchester. We are very excited to announce the line-up of speakers:

The keynote speech will be given by Vikki Heywood CBE. Previously Executive Director of both the RSC and the Royal Court Theatre, Vikki is now Chair of the RSA, having also been a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The day is broken into 3 parts, the themes being based on the responses to our survey in 2013 as the most common areas we all find challenging:

NEW TOURING MODELS AND APPROACHES TO TOUR BOOKING

Louise Blackwell & Kate McGrath, Co-Directors, Fuel Theatre:  ‘New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood ‘

Sam Eccles, Development Director, The Touring Network: ‘Tourbook: Joining the dots of touring performance’

Sophie Eustace, Executive Director, Fevered Sleep: ‘Future play – how can we tour ambitious work for he very young?’

James Grieve & George Perrin, Co-Artistic Directors, Paines Plough: ‘Roundabout and New Small Scale Touring Network’

Katie Roberts, Take Out Producer, Battersea Arts Centre:  ‘The Collaborative Touring Network’

Neil Murray, Executive  Producer, National Theatre Scotland

DATA AND AUDIENCES

Nick Bareham, Co-Founder/Managing Director, AU Insights: ‘Little Data. The new Big Data. The old Data’

Chris O’Connell, Artistic Director, Theatre Absolute: ‘Shop Front Theatre’

Jo Taylor, Senior Consultant, Morris Hargreaves Mcintyre: ‘Beyond the Box Office (or what you *really* need to know about audiences) ‘

Jonathan Waddingham, Social &Labs Product Manager, Just Giving: ‘Yimby and growing audiences from 0 to, well, lots’

Penny Mills, Director London and Touring, The Audience Agency

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

Matt Burman, Head of Programme & Audiences, Warwick Arts Centre: ‘WLTM: working, learning, talking, making. New approaches to making new work.’

Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive, Independent Touring Council: ‘Negotiating for a sustainable relationship’

Mark Makin, Co-Director Makin Projects  & Programme Manager HOUSE: ‘Touring – What’s a partnership?’

Sholeh Johnson, Arts Manager, Julie’s Bicycle

Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact Theatre

Julie’s Bicycle hopes the day will provide a platform for the industry to share their stories in a practically applicable way and to meet colleagues from across the country. Each speaker will speak for only 6 minutes and there will be an informal breakout session after each section where delegates will be able to discuss the provocations raised directly with the speakers.

At the end of the day, anyone who doesn’t have to shoot home is invited to the pub to keep plotting.

The conference will commence at 11.30am,  with registration from 11am, and will finish at 5.30pm.

Do you have questions about THE FUTURE OF SMALL SCALE TOURING: An Independent Touring Symposium? Contact Paines Plough

Sustainable Design and Production

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Sustainable Design and Production

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29th January 2014, 1.30pm – 5pm (followed by drinks)
Contact Theatre, Manchester

Sustainable Design and Production is a cross-arts event that invites practitioners in theatre, dance, music, festivals and outdoor arts, and visual arts to discuss how we can produce work to be more environmentally sustainable in the cultural sector.

The event will provide a platform for presentations, provocations and discussions that offer insight into integrating environmental sustainability into artistic leadership, performance making, design, and production management.

Speakers include:

Jack Thompson, Technical Director of Manchester International Festival

Professor Pamela Howard OBE, a scenographer and director

David Evans, Production Manager of National Theatre Wales

Click here to book a place or find out more.

Looking for examples of eco art in public spaces?

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

If you are interested in examples of eco public art, or you have undertaken an eco public art project (temporary or permanent) you should seriously consider adding it to this important new database.  It’s already got a wealth of interesting projects.  There is information on how to submit on the website (and it’s peer reviewed so the quality is good).  Thanks to Ian Garrett and the CPSA for highlighting this.

It’s part of the wider Curating Cities research programme,

Curating Cities is a 5-year research project that examines how the arts can generate environmentally beneficial behavioural change and influence the development of green infrastructure in urban environments. Founded on the principle of using art and design to curate–literally, to care for–public space, the project places creative disciplines at the heart of the sustainability agenda. In doing so it advances an ambitious research plan for aesthetic practice, proposing ‘curating’ as a method for working through the practical concerns of sustainable living.

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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Global Mapping: Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison

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Ronald Feldman Gallery Home PageSierra Nevada, 2011
(installation view south gallery)
aerial photograph, digital mapping, pastel, oil, and ink
42 feet long x variable width

If you are in New York in the next month, this is a ‘must see’ show.

Press Release:

January 11 – February 8, 2014

[The Harrisons’] work is a prime example of the potential of ecoart to create knowledge that promotes cultural change. Ruth Wallen, Leonardo XLV, no. 3, 2012

Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison are the first recipients of the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography, presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) on October 9, 2013 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will exhibit Global Mapping, an overview of the life-long work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, pioneers of ecologically-oriented art, whose visionary proposals have influenced long-term public policy in the United States and abroad. For more than forty years, the Harrisons’ expansive practice, realized in collaboration with experts from other disciplines and often commissioned by government and art institutions, has been to map out specific geographical areas at ecological risk to encourage public discourse and community involvement. Their impassioned works serve as both a meditation on global ecology and also as a futuristic vision, often with proposals for environmental change and recovery.

The Harrisons’ mapping – on large wall panels and synthesized with aerial photographs and narrative text of Socratic reasoning – dominates the exhibition space. The artworks are selected from large-scale installations of projects from the early seventies to the present. Similar in appearance to the wall panels, a floor panel allows the viewer to walk on a topographical map of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a work from Force Majeure, the Harrisons’ current on-going series which addresses the effects of global warming on an unprecedented scale.

Earlier works, From The Lagoon Cycle (1974-1984), Law of the Sea Conference from the 1976 Venice Biennale, and Baltimore Promenade (1981), focus on watershed restoration, agricultural and forestry issues, and urban renewal, as well as providing a history of the Harrisons’ engagement with the topic of global warming.

Reflecting the Harrisons’ international perspective and the scale of their research, the exhibition includes projects that study the eco-systems of large bodies of water from around the world: the Sava River in former Yugoslavia, the Yarkon River in Israel, and the Salton Sea and the Bays at San Francisco in the state of California. Their titles often incorporate visual metaphor to define and unify the large geographical areas under consideration: A Vision for the Green Heart of Holland, Peninsula Europe, Greenhouse Britain, and Tibet is the High Ground.

Helen Mayor Harrison and Newton Harrison, Emeriti Professors in the Visual Arts at the University of California at San Diego and currently research professors at University of California at Santa Cruz, have been represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts since 1974. The recipient of numerous awards, they delivered the convocation address at the College Art Association 100th Year Anniversary Conference in 2011. They have exhibited internationally, and their work is in the collections of many public institutions including The National Museum of Modern Art, The Pompidou Center, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ronald Feldman Gallery Home Page.

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.
Go to EcoArtScotland

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