Reviewing the past, planning the future

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During 2017 we published articles on a wide range of projects ecoartscotland is involved with, new commissioned writing, reports from various artists, as well as sharing articles from other blogs.

As part of ecoartscotland’s ongoing work with the Land Art Generator Initiative we toured the exhibition of the Glasgow project to the Tent Gallery at Edinburgh College of Art and also to the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Newton Harrison working with The Barn, Banchory on the ecological health of the Dee and Don Valleys. The video of the lecture Newton gave has now been put online.

  • We helped the Wetland Life project recruit artists and we look forward to providing an update on this work during 2018.
  • We published a number of guest blogs including,
  • Focusing on ‘wonder’, we published a curator’s reflection on the Murmur exhibition by Jonathan Baxter.
  • The Connecting with a Low Carbon Scotland conference, the culmination of the research programme funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh was written up by Professor Anne Douglas. The Research Report is due to be published in the Spring.
  • We reported on The Same Hillside,  the result of the art science collaboration between Professor Pete Smith and Gavin Wallace focused on ecosystem services assessment, and on A Field of Wheat, Culhane and Levene’s project that enabled us to participate in producing food.
  • Juliet Wilson reviewed Camilla Nelson’s Apples and Other Languages.
  • Minty Donald reviewed the Collins and Goto Studio exhibition A Caledonian Decoy.
  • Ewan Davidson reviewed the Center for Genomic Gastronomy’s Gut Gardening.
  • The year started with a series of blogs from Holly Keasey during her participation in the Water Rights residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute which you can read backwards by following this link.
  • We also appear to have failed: we tried to persuade the Leverhulme Trust to maintain its Artist in Residence Award Scheme – unfortunately there is no sign that this worked although a lot of people wrote letters and a-n also commissioned a piece from us.
  • During 2018 we have a number of articles in the pipeline including:
  • A report on the Landscape Research Group’s recent Landscape Justice Debate
  • More on wetlands including blogs from Hannah Imlach who was in Flow Country in the North of Scotland and Rob Mulholland from Cheng Long Wetlands in Taiwan.
  • The final reflection from Holly Keasey on her Water Rights residency.
  • A review of Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses.
  • A response to A Non-Cartography thinking through the social mess of climate change, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Issue #10
  • More on the work with The Barn and Newton Harrison.

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 Research, Gray’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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Why Land Art Generator in Scotland?

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Video from the Test Unit Pecha Kucha at the Whisky Bond, Glasgow, July 2016, which provides a context for LAGI Glasgow.  Thanks to TAKTAL for the opportunity.Filed under: energy, Fremantle writing, News Tagged: Brent Spar, Greenpeace, land Art Generator, Peter Fend, PLATFORM London

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 Research, Gray’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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The Standing March, JR and Darren Aronofsky collaboration for #Cop21 #artcop21

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Artist JR and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky collaborated on a major public artwork for Cop21 AT THE ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE NOVEMBER 29th AND 30th AT 8pm-4am AND TRAVELING PARIS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

Renowned French artist JR and Oscar-nominated American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky have collaborated on The Standing March, a major public artwork to be exhibited in Paris during the UN’s COP21 climate conference. The video projection will remind leaders that the world is watching as they gather to negotiate a deal aimed at keeping global warming below 2°C. It will be projected on the Assemblée Nationale starting at 8pm on Sunday, November 29th and Monday, November 30th, as over 25,000 officials gather, including Presidents François Hollande of France, Barack Obama of USA, Xi Jingping of China and  Narendra Modi of India. It will travel throughout Paris from December 1st until December 7th at the locations to be revealed on the artists’ social media accounts.

The video represents more than 500 persons from different backgrounds united around the idea that the conference must end up with meaningful agreementsn between the countries. The protagonists, who joined the artists after a call for participation, have been filmed separetely, rotatinf themselves on a green background and united to create a representation of humanity. 3D from the British group Massive Attack has composed the original soundtrack.

The COP21 gathers in Paris while the city and its inhabitants have recently suffered from a massive terrorist attack.
For security reasons, marches are forbidden in Paris. But our art piece is a silent march. And we are marching, backed by the Assemblée Nationale, the heart of the French democracy. We must think about our future, the future of our environment and this is our answer to those who want to control our present.

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meld is an ongoing interactive global art platform and collaborative catalyst to commission, produce and present ground-breaking and evocative works of art embedded in the issues and consequences of climate change. meld invites exceptional artists and innovative thinkers dedicated to the moving image and committed to fostering awareness and education to join us in our campaign for social change. Through a collaborative dialogue, we hope to provoke new perceptions, broaden awareness and education and find creative solutions concerning climate change, its consequences and its solutions.

meld was formed by a devoted group of individuals guided by a passionate belief in the power of art to convey personal experience and cultivate social progress. meld is inspired by the idea that when art melds into the public realm, it has the power to reach people beyond the traditional limitations of class, age, race and education and encourage public action.

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ikonoTV Presents: Art Speaks Out – 24 Global Stream

December 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. (CET)

Climate change is not a purely political issue; nor is it limited to the COP21 conference in Paris. It is above all a human issue, one that connects us all, everywhere in the world.

At ikonoTV — the only broadcaster in the world to showcase art and only art 24/7 — we believe that art can give a new and powerful voice to the pressing concerns of global warming and man-made natural disaster, and that we can use art’s emotional appeal intelligently to convey the urgency of these issues in a deeper, more immediate way.

Our proposal is to invite artists to join forces and to put together a 24-hour playlist of contemporary video works based on environmental themes, free of any additional commentary. Because these concerns affect us all, and because art’s language is universal, artists are probably best equipped to enlighten and to touch us. This is why we present these issues from an artist’s point of view — to implement art’s power to speak out on this serious matter and appeal directly to human feeling.

“Art Speaks Out” will be a global event, broadcast exclusively on ikonoTV. It will run uninterruptedly from:

6 p.m. on Saturday, December 5
to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 (CET).

ikonoTV’s global reach includes satellite transmission, SmartTV applications with access to over 200 million households worldwide;
a 24/7 stream for all online and mobile devices;
and over 135,000 Amazon downloads in only five months, making us the number one app in our category in the US, the UK, and Germany.

“Art Speaks Out” is a worldwide forum — an invitation to open our eyes to climate change, our responsibility to the planet, and the necessity of adopting measures of sustainability.


ikonoTV’s upcoming 24-hour digital event ART SPEAKS OUT, which will be broadcast globally in conjunction with the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris as an official part of ArtCOP21.

Our ART SPEAKS OUT program features Swiss artist Ursula Biemann’s stunning and disturbing video Deep Weather.

The work is comprised of two parts: Carbon Geologies, set in the tar sands of the boreal forests of Northern Canada, and Hydro Geographies, set in flood-threatened Bangladesh. The connection between a tar sands project in northern Canada the size of England and dangerous weather patterns and rising sea levels in Bangladesh sheds light on the global effects of man-made natural disaster. The video, narrated in an eerie whisper, begins with aerial views of the inconceivably toxic tar sands wasteland, entirely devoid of wildlife and birds,  and progresses to footage of Bangladeshis collecting clay in plastic sacks to reinforce the embankments in lower-lying areas—“collective social actions to protect villages on the outer rim of these amphibian territories.”

“Climate change, exasperated by projects such as the Canadian tar sands, puts the life of large world populations in danger. (…) Hands-on, machine-less work by thousands is what climate change will mean for most people in the deltas of the global south.”


As part of the ART SPEAKS OUT playlist, Canadian artist Isabelle Hayeur’s large digital montages, videos, and site-specific installations delve into precarious ecosystems and the collision between natural and artificial environments. Her work takes a critical approach to the environment, urban development, and social conditions, exploring feelings of alienation, uprooting, and disenchantment. Her works are to be found in some twenty collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Fonds national d’art contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.



Using copyright law as an artistic strategy:

Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees

Preview of the environmental art featured at the upcoming ArtCOP21 as an official part the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Blued Trees consists of a musical score painted with nontoxic slurry onto a series of trees growing on private land that lies in the path of the planned Spectra Energy Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline. The course of the pipeline runs within 115 feet of the Indian Point nuclear facility, and a Fukushima-scale event could annihilate the entire East coast of North America. This ambitious project seeks to halt the expansion of the pipeline by implementing an unexpected legal tool: artistic copyright. If the government grants Rahmani her copyright, Spectra would have to destroy the artwork to complete the pipeline expansion, thus infringing on its moral rights. It’s a brilliant strategy—if it works.

Julie’s Bicycle Presents Creative Sustainability Sept 24

JB logoJoin Julie’s Bicycle and guest speakers for a day of practical workshops and playful exploration.

10.00 – 18.00 including lunch and a networking reception

Cost: FREE

What does a sustainable future look like for the creative community? How will our practice flourish? How can we contribute to the emerging green economy? Combining expert talks with practical workshops, this event will give you the opportunity to reimagine the East of England as a low carbon hub, with creativity and culture at the centre of this transition.

We’ll look at how creative companies, venues and event producers are benefitting from sustainability and saving money by re-valuing materials to reduce waste; driving demand for new green products and services; working with renewable energy; and adopting radical new business models.

Guest speakers include:

  • Colette Bailey, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Metalan organisation that transforms the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.
  • Ali Pretty, Founder and Artistic Director of Kinetika, an arts organisation delivering community engagement, training and visionary creative projects.
  • Jo McLoughlin, Director of naturespacecreative and freelance artist, designer and producer on various events, festivals and community projects.
  • Lynn McFarlane, Founder of DRESD, a company that gives a new life to TV and film sets and event props through creative up-cycling and re-cycling.

You’ll have the opportunity to share your experience, network with other local creatives, and come away with practical actions and big ideas to develop your business sustainability. The day will be relevant to both individual artists and freelancers, and established companies, whether you’re new to sustainability or already engaged in the conversation.

10.00 – Arrivals and registration

10.15 – Morning talks and discussion

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Afternoon workshops

17.00 – Networking reception

18.00 – Ends

Register to receive news on speakers and the full agenda.

Participants will also be eligible for free one to one support with Julie’s Bicycle after the workshop.

The workshop will be facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle.

Julie’s Bicycle is an environmental charity working with over 1,000 creative businesses, both UK-based and international, to go green using the latest tools and resources to support action and sustainable business growth.

Please note: this workshop is only available to businesses registered in the East of England, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

For more information about Culture Change see

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Project Part-Financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund        Low Carbon Economic Growth in the East of England

Chasing Ice Chases Oscar

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Kellie Gutman writes: Chasing Ice a film about National Geographic photographer James Blalog’s quest to document the melting glaciers, has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.  The film, directed by Jeff Orlowski, chronicles Blalog’s three-year project setting up time-lapse cameras to chronicle the effects of climate change on the great glaciers of the world.  Although the film is in limited release, the Oscar nomination should bring more attention to it.  Screenings in the UK, Canada and the US are listed here.

Chasing Ice has won twenty-three awards at film festivals, including the Environmental Media Association’s Best Documentary Award.  The nominated song, “Before My Time,” was written by J. Ralph. It is performed by Scarlett Johansson and violinist Joshua Bell.

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ashdenizen is edited by Robert Butler, and is the blog associated with the Ashden Directory, a website focusing on environment and performance.
The Ashden Directory is edited by Robert Butler and Wallace Heim, with associate editor Kellie Gutman. The Directory includes features, interviews, news, a timeline and a database of ecologically – themed productions since 1893 in the United Kingdom. Our own projects include ‘New Metaphors for Sustainability’, ‘Flowers Onstage’ and ‘Six ways to look at climate change and theatre’.

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