Canadian Art

Bibliography of an artist

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The artist and researcher Tim Collins just sent me two lists – his own publications as well as the Goto and Collins bibliography – texts that have influenced their artwork, research and writing.  Below is Collins’ list of publications.  I am adding both to the ecoartscotland bibliography as a separate page because they represent a research tool in themselves.

Collins, T (2012 forthcoming) Art, Imagination and Contradiction in Landscape. In Thompson, I. Howard , P. And Waterton, E. (Eds) Companion to Landscape Studies. London: Routledge

Goto, R. Collins, T. (2011 forthcoming) LIVING Things – The ethical, aesthetic impulse. In Brady, E. And Phemister, P. (Eds.) Embodied Values and the Environment. London: Springer-Verlag.

Collins, T. (2010) 3 Rivers 2nd Nature 2000-2005, Water, Land & Dialogue. Revue d’art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review, Vol 35 Issue3. Canada Universities Art Association of Canada.

Collins, T. (2008) Can or Should Artists Attempt to Creative Verifiable Change?In O’Reilly, S., Beauchamp, P. (Eds.) Sense in Place, Site-ations International. Cardiff, Wales: Centre for Research in art and Design, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, and Dublin: Dublin Institute of Technology DIT, Ireland.

Tarr, J, Muller, T. and Collins, T. (2008) Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers From Industrial to Environmental Infrastructure.In Mauch, C. and Zeller, t. (Eds.) Rivers in History: Designing and Conceiving Waterways in Europe and North America. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Collins, T. (2008) Art Nature and Aesthetics in the Post Industrial Public Realm.In France, R. (Ed.) Healing Nature, Repairing Relationships: Restoring Ecological Spaces and Consciousness. Chicago, ILL: Green Frigate Books.

Collins, T. (2007) Catalytic Aesthetics.In the publication from the conference, Artful Ecologies, Falmouth: University College Falmouth.

Collins, T. and Goto, R. (2005)An Ecological Context.In Miles, M. (Ed.) New Practices/New Pedagogies: Emerging Contexts, Practices and Pedagogies in Europe and North America. Lisse, Netherlands: Swets and Zeitlinger.

Goto, R. andCollins, T. (2005)Mapping Social and Ecological Practices. In Miles, M. (Ed.) New Practices/New Pedagogies: Emerging Contexts, Practices and Pedagogies in Europe and North America. Lisse, Netherlands: Swets and Zeitlinger.

Collins, T. (2004)Aesthetic Diversity.In Strelow, H. David, V., (Eds.) Herman Prigann – Ecological Aesthetics: Theoretical Practice of Artistic Environmental Design. Berlin, Germany: Berkhäuser Verlag, AG.

Collins, T. (2003)Lyrical Expression, Critical Engagement, Transformative Action: An Introduction to Art and the Environment. Community arts network: Reading Room,Arts and the Environment [online]. Burnham, L. (Ed.), [cited 22nd February 2007]. Accessed via Community Arts Network at: <> (Subsequently translated into German) Lyrischer Ausdruck, Kritisches Engagement, Transformative Aktion. Hagia Chora Magazine, #17, 1/2004. Germany: Dietzenbach. pp. 14-19. (translated into French), Expression Lyrique, Engagement Critique, Action Transformatrice : une Introduction à l’Art et à l’Environnement. In Ecologie et Politique, #36, June 2008,Éditions Syllepse.France: Paris ) pp. 127-153.

Collins, T. and Goto, R. (2003)Art, Landscape, Ecology and Change. In Hall, T. and Miles, M. (Ed.)Urban Futures. London:Routledge.

Collins, T. (2003)Postindustrielle Landschaft-Nine Mile Run: Interventions in the Rust Belt: The Art and Ecology of Post-Industrial Public Space. In Genske, G.D. and Hauser, S . (Ed.) Die Brache als Chance:Eing Transdisziplinarer Dialog Uber Verbrauchte Flachen. Berlin, Germany:Springer-Verlag.

Collins, T. (2002)Conversations in the Rust Belt. In Herzogenrath, B.(Ed.)From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the America of Yesterday and Today. Amsterdam and Atlanta: and Rodopi.

Pinkham, R. and Collins, T. (2002)Post-Industrial Watersheds: Retrofits and restorative redevelopment (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania). In France, R.L. (Ed.) The Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design. London, New York, Washington D.C.: Lewis Publishers.

Collins, T.(2001)The Rust–Belt Dialogues: An Artists Concept Model for Public Dialogue about Urban Stream Restoration. Ecological Restoration,19(3).

Collins, T. (2001)3 Rivers – 2nd Nature the River Dialogues. InBennet S. and Butler, J. (Ed.)Localities and Regeneration and Diverse(c)ities.Exeter: University of Plymouth, Bristol: Intellect Publishing.

Ferguson, B., Pinkham, R. and Collins, T.(1999) Re-Evaluating Stormwater, The Nine Mile Run Model for Restorative Development. Snowmass Colorado: Rocky Mountain Institute.

Collins, T., Dzombak, D., Rawlins, J., and Tamminga, K., Thompson, S.(1999) Nine Nile Run Watershed, Rivers Conservation Plan. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Collins, T. and Savage, K.(1998)Learning to See Assets as Well as Liabilities, opportunities as Well as Constraints. Public Work, Management and Policy,2(3), pp. 210-219

Bingham, B., Collins, T., Goto, R., and Stephen, J.(1998) Ample Opportunity: A Community Dialogue. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University.

Collins, T. and Goto, R. (1997)Urban Reclamation. Leonardo,30(3).

Collins, T., Goto, R., Barnes, R., and Yuen, S.(1993) Aqua Pura(V. Trostle, V. andJ. Redensek ed.).San Francisco California: San Francisco Art Commission and the San Francisco Department of Water.

Collins, T., Farabough, L., Oppenheimer, and M., Richards, P. (1991) Art Along the Waterfront: A Guide to Opportunities for Public Artists and Public Art on the Embarcadero of San Francisco(J. Redensek ed.).Sacramento California:The California State Arts Council.


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“Edward Burtynsky: Oil” at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

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Exhibition until July 3rd; Symposium on May 6th and 7th

The images of the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Oil explore the hotly-debated effects of oil extraction and our international dependency on the substance. The symposium in May brings together top scientific and arts industry experts for two days of discussion about essential issues of oil, planetary sustainability, and the energy options available to us, from both the scientific and aesthetic points of view.

Program of the Symposium

Friday May 6, 7:00 p.m. – How Humanity Became a Rogue. The Growing Economics and the Shrinking Ecosphere: Keynote by William Rees, Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Originator and co-developer of ecological footprint analysis.

8:00 p.m. – Topography and Spectacle: Contextualizing the Landscapes of Edward Burtynsky: Keynote by David Harris, Associate Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Curator and Writer.

9:00 p.m. – Manufactured Landscapes, Dir. Jennifer Baichwal, 2006 (90 min): A striking documentary that follows Edward Burtynsky through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution.

Saturday May 7, 10:00 a.m. – Interview on Stage: Edward Burtynsky Discusses His Groundbreaking Photographic Work With Richard Rhodes, Editor of Canadian Art.

11:00 a.m. – Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit. Possibility and Necessity: Keynote by Tom Rand, Director of VCi Green Funds, Lead Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District. The lecture is based on his highly popular book of 2010 Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World.

2:00 p.m. – Innovations for the Future. The Final Decades of Oil and Beyond: Scientific Panel Discussion with Lisa Margonelli (Director of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative, Washington), Tom Rand, William Rees, Richard Sears (Visiting Scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, former Executive at Shell), David Naylor(Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University). Moderator: Edward Burtynsky

4:00 p.m. – Photography as Intervention: Aesthetics Panel Discussion with Sarah Milroy (Art Critic and Writer, former Art Critic at the Globe and Mail), Michael Mitchell (Photographer, Filmmaker and Writer), Paul Roth (Executive Director of The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York and Curator of the Edward Burtynsky: Oil exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), Robert Burley (Photographer, Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University). Moderator: Eleanor Wachtel (Writer and Host of CBC’s “Writers and Company”)

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