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Latest additions:
> TJ Demos: on dOCUMENTA (13), gardens, biotech & on Art After Nature
> TippingPoint Newcastle
> Wendell Berry: 'It All Turns on Affection'
> David Abram at Sensory Worlds

Here is a selection of webcasts, audio podcasts, videos and essays online about environment and performance, culture and climate.

audio podcasts | videos | essays | journal editions | academic papers

audio podcasts

Sensory Worlds, Embodied Values

    Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment, was the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series, 2010 - 2012, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh.
    Sensory Worlds was the culminating international conference and the keynote by David Abram is online. Audio podcasts and videos are online of paper and panel sessions throughout the series and of performances and installations at the conference.
RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment)
    Lectures from 2008 - 2012
    latest: Paul Kingsnorth, non-fiction author, poet, novelist and co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project
Mediating Change
    a series of four panel discussions on culture and climate change, sponsored by the Open University and the Ashden Trust. (November 2010) See our news story here.
David Buckland & Daro Montag
    opening talk for the UNFOLD exhibition: David Buckland, UNFOLD co-curator and Director of Cape Farewell, in conversation with Daro Montag, artist and Course Leader MA Art & Environment at University College Falmouth. (December 2010)
Gentle Actions conference


TippingPoint Newcastle (Feb 2012)

'I'm a Climate Scientist (by Hungry Beast)'
    YouTube rap video by scientists.
Cambridge Sustainability Leadership DVD's and interviews
    The University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme posts interviews and videos of specialists talking about sustainability. The interviews date from 2008 - 2012, and include those with HRH Prince Charles, James Lovelock, Jonathan Porritt, Dennis Meadows, Frijof Capra, Charles Handy, Amory Lovins, Mohammad Yunus, Joseph Steiglitz and Simon Zadek. Transcripts and edited versions are provided. The slant is towards business, science, technology, politics rather than arts or culture.

    They also provide a round-up of books on sustainability through 2011.

Sam Bower
    Founding Executive Director of, speaking on 'What is art for? Is our current cultural infrastructure really serving the Earth and our communities?' (November 2010)
Jan van Boeckel
    artist, anthropologist and filmmaker, speaking on how art can encourage a ‘deep identification’ in nature and the implications for arts-based environmental education. (June 2010)
Sustainability in Theatre RSA EVENTS
    videos, and audios, of the Royal Society of Arts' public talks. Politics, economics, sustainability are recurrent themes, as are the Enlightenment, education and community development. (ongoing)
TED Talks
    talks on 'ideas worth spreading' filmed at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences. Talks relating to the environment tend to be listed under 'science' or 'global'. So far, we've found none that directly relate culture and ecology, but in the wide range of talks, there are overlaps of interests. (ongoing)


TJ Demos: Gardens Beyond Eden: Bio-aesthetics, Eco-Futurism, and Dystopia at dOCUMENTA (13) in The Brooklyn Rail online (October 2012)

TJ Demos: Art After Nature, the post-natural condition
Art Forum (April 2012) online pdf

Wendell Berry: National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012 Jefferson Lecture, 'It All Turns on Affection' (May 2012)

Ben Jones: The Art of Social Change (November 2010)

Peter Gingold: Can Art Influence Climate Change? (October 2010)

Long Horizons. An Exploration of Art and Climate Change: a collection of essays published by the British Council and Julie's Bicycle.
The pdf from the British Council is here. (2010)

journal editions

Performance Research: On Ecology, 17:4 (August 2012)
edited by Stephen Bottoms, Aaron Franks and Paula Cramer

Mouvement: Culture et développement durable (May 2012)

Canadian Theatre Review: Theatre in an Age of Eco-Crisis (Fall 2010 issue)
edited by Nelson Gray and Shiela Rabillard

Note: many journals will publish the table of contents online, but will charge for reading an article. Some authors will email their articles if asked.

academic articles

more to come in this section....

Open access:

Open Humanities Press: Theory in the Era of Critical Climate Change series

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»  New productions:
In This Place - Wed's & Sat's in Sept
»  'Spirit in the Air' measures the climate impacts of Edinburgh Festivals - exhibition, events, talks
2 - 22 August
»  Southbanquet at the South Bank, 31 August and 1 September
»  People Profit Planet at World Stage Design 2013
5 - 15 September
»  Our pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
»  Edinburgh International Festival - 'Leaving Planet Earth'
»  Environmental Art Festival Scotland - 30 Aug - 2 Sept
headline acts: Cinema Sark, The Rise and Fall of the Grey Mare’s Tail, Gimme Shelter, Glimpse
»  14 ways to look at Scotland: 14 arts projects for Year of Natural Scotland
»  Mayor's Thames Festival - 6 - 15 September
»  Exhibitions:
Aquatopia - 20 July-22 Sept
»  Conferences
»  Events
»  Seminars and talks
»  Workshops
»  TippingPoint starts crowd-sourced database of climate art
»  'Actipedia' - crowd-sourced database of activist art - goes online
»  CCANW moves to Innovation Centre at University of Exeter
»  'Oceans': Tania Kovats and Fruitmarket Gallery ask for bottles of sea water for 2014 exhibition
»  'On Ecology' edition of Performance Research published online
»  'Environmentalism' edition of Research in Drama Education published online
»  Kieran Lynn wins Nick Darke Award
»  Greening theatre news
»  The Man Who Planted Trees receives 2012 Award for Sustainable Production at the Edinburgh Fringe
»  New books:
The Oil Road
Dark Mountain 3
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Readings in Performance and Ecology
Beautiful Trouble. A Toolbox for Revolution
»  New Green Canterbury Tales: call for storytellers to make a pilgrimage
»  Creu Cymru partners with Julies' Bicycle to support sustainability of 42 Welsh venues
»  Julie's Bicycle and The Theatres Trust publish 'Energising Culture'
»  'Culture and Climate Change: Recordings' available as a book, as an online pdf and as podcasts
»  Arts Council England embeds environmental sustainability into funding agreements
»  $750,000 (£470,000) funding for US musical about climate change - reviews are in
»  Canadian Theatre Review focuses on 'Theatre in an Age of Eco-Crisis'
»  Sustainable theatres:
Julie's Bicycle's theatre plan
Sustainable Abilities online
toolkit from Mo'olelo
EMERGENCE: creative practices and sustainable futures
new builds: Small World, Green Light Trust, Arcola
»  Listen, watch, read: podcasts, videos and essays
Latest additions:
> TJ Demos: on dOCUMENTA (13), gardens, biotech & on Art After Nature
> TippingPoint Newcastle
> Wendell Berry: 'It All Turns on Affection'
> David Abram at Sensory Worlds
»  Library:
'Survival of the Beautiful'
Mojisola Adebayo's collected plays
'Metaphors for Environmental Sustainabliity'
'Mediating Climate Change'
'Theatre Materials'
»  E-script online: 'The Last Cuckoo'
»  CSPA 2011 Fringe Awards for Sustainable Production:
2011- 'Allotment'
2010 - 'The Pantry Shelf'
»  Recent news and still interesting
Sideways through Belgium
Not Waving but Drowning (LIFT event)
Ackroyd & Harvey in conversation
Choreographing Capital (Isaac Julien & David Harvey)
PSi#18 - a lot of ecology
and more ...
»  Recent productions, including:
My Last Car, As the World Tipped, SEVEN ANGLES, Fissure, The Heretic, Greenland, Earthquakes in London, 3rd Ring Out, PROTOZOA, Grasses of a Thousand Colours, The Contingency Plan, Zameen, Moj of the Antarctic ...
»  Exhibitions archive

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