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Film launches Ashden Directory & Ashdenizen project to find metaphors for sustainability

By Another Name: New Metaphors for Sustainability

To launch the Ashden Directory and Ashdenizen's major new project on metaphors for sustainability, we've produced a new DVD, devised and directed by Wallace Heim.

Sustainability is a concept without strong or imaginative metaphors. Over the next months, we'll ask artists, scientists, activists and cultural commentators to suggest a metaphor for sustainability. We're starting with these four people.

We will continue to present more new metaphors on Ashdenizen and here on the Directory.

You can watch the complete film embedded above, or each person's contribution as a separate sequence:

James Marriott, artist and activist, PLATFORM
The sailboat

Carolyn Steel, food urbanist
The timeless meal

Zoë Svendsen, theatre director, researcher

Ansuman Biswas, artist
The breath

The editor was Tom Lloyd, Dreamtime Film. The film was shown at the Staging Sustainability conference, York University, Toronto, 20 - 22 April 2011.

Thanks for their help with the production to Michael Burke, Alison Catterall, Anne Greene, Christina West.

published in 2011

The project continues with new metaphors added throughout 2011 here on the Ashden Directory and on Ashdenizen.


All the metaphors, and their contributors, are featured here.


Ashdenizen blogs:
new metaphors for sustainability would need to range from "resilience" and "symbiosis" to "anxiety"

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