Saturday 26 September 2009

biotic art

Robert Macfarlane rereads Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang and considers whether literature can inspire activism. This website gets a mention:

Over the past few years in Britain, there has been a heavy investment in the idea that creative responses to environmental crisis might – to borrow a phrase from Margaret Atwood's new eco-dystopia, After The Flood – "move public opinion in a more biosphere-friendly direction".

Organisations such as TippingPoint, Cape Farewell, the Ashden Directory and the RSA (with its ambitious Arts & Ecology programme) and the Cambridge-based Cultures of Climate Change group have brought environmental scientists together with sculptors, poets, novelists, dancers, dramatists, essayists and poets to puzzle out the potentials of biotically-minded art

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