Resources on arts-based
Books from 2014 and earlier
Art & Ecology Now
Andrew Brown, 2014
book moves through the various levels of artists’ engagement with ecology,
from those who act as independent commentators, documenting and reflecting
on nature, to those who use the physical environment as the raw material
for their art, and those committed activists who set out to make art that
transforms both our attitudes and our habits.
Reclaiming the Wild Soul
How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness
Mary Reynolds Thompson, 2014
Reclaiming the Wild Soul takes us on a journey into Earth’s five great
landscapes— deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands
— as aspects of our deeper, wilder selves. There, where the inner and
outer worlds meet, we discover our own true nature mirrored in all the
wild beauty and fierce challenges of the Earth itself.
Place Or Space
Markku Hakuri (Ed.), 2014
At its best, environmental art can produce surprising combinations that enable visible reality and the experiencer's state of mind together to open up new pathways towards consciousness and understanding.
The book tells the story of places, spaces and situations that the writers encountered when reflecting on the potential of art as a provider of social commentary, and as a shaper or a challenger of the visual appearance of our environment. It has led them to discuss, for example, the prevalence and visibility of new technology in our environment, the abolition of boundaries between the work of art and the audience, and the shifting of the viewer's position from being an observer to being a participant in the artistic process. The book also deals with the diversity of methods in teaching the environmental art - learning by doing, experiential knowledge - set against the background of the student's individual world view, and the interaction with other arts and sciences.
Art, Literature and Architecture in a Period of Climate Change
Malcolm Miles, 2014
beyond traditional aesthetic categories (beauty, the sublime, the
religious), Eco-Aesthetics takes an inter-disciplinary approach bridging
the arts, humanities and social sciences and explores what aesthetics
might mean in the 21st century. There is no doubt that the social and
environmental spheres are interconnected but can art and artists really
make a difference to the global environmental crisis? Can art practice
meaningfully contribute to the development of sustainable lifestyles?
Malcolm Miles explores the strands of eco-art, eco-aesthetics and
contemporary aesthetic theories, offering timely critiques of consumerism
and globalisation and, ultimately, offers a possible formulation of an
engaged eco-aesthetic for the early 21st century.
Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature
Tina Welling, 2014
we know about creating,” writes Tina Welling, “we know intuitively from
the natural world.” In Writing Wild, Welling details a three-step “Spirit
Walk” process for inviting nature to enliven and inspire our creativity.
Eco-Art Therapy: Creative Activities
that let Earth Teach
Theresa Sweeney, 2013
book explains, the root of much of our discontent is the unreasonable
difference between the way we learn to think and how Nature works. Though
people are part of Nature and we inherit a love and respect for its
purity, beauty, and perfection, we grow up in a society detached from its
eons of sensory intelligence; we seldom include the genius of the natural
world in our daily lives and thinking.
Thinking Like a Plant
A Living Science for Life
Craig Holdrege, 2013
imagine that plants can become master teachers of a radical new way of
seeing and interacting with the world? Plants are dynamic and resilient,
living in intimate connection with their environment. This book presents
an organic way of knowing modeled after the way plants live.
Living Through the End of Nature
The Future of American Environmentalism
Paul Wapner, 2013
Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now must find a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world that safeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now everywhere and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, we are repeatedly told that there is no such thing as nature itself—only our own conceptions of it. One person's endangered species is another's dinner or source of income. In Living Through the End of Nature, Paul Wapner probes the meaning of environmentalism in a postnature age.
Wapner argues that the end of nature represents not environmentalism's death knell but an opportunity to build a more effective political movement. He outlines the polarized positions of environmentalists, who strive to live in harmony with nature, and their opponents, who seek mastery over nature. Wapner argues that, without nature, neither of these two outlooks—the "dream of naturalism" or the "dream of mastery"—can be sustained today. Neither is appropriate for addressing such problems as biodiversity loss and climate change; we can neither go back to a preindustrial Elysium nor forward to a technological utopia. Instead, he proposes a third way that takes seriously the breached boundary between humans and nature and charts a co-evolutionary path in which environmentalists exploit the tension between naturalism and mastery to build a more sustainable, ecologically vibrant, and socially just world.
The Cry of the Earth
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Ed.), 2013
Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced—its accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution and acidification of the oceans. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, and how this affects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis. This is vital and necessary if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance.
Contributors include: Chief Oren Lyons, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sandra Ingerman, Joanna Macy, Sister Miriam MacGillis, Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva, Fr. Richard Rohr, Bill Plotkin, Jules Cashford, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, and others.
Leave No Child Inside
Louise Chawla, Richard Louv, David Sobel and others, 2013
“If we were to create communities and
schools that educate children and youth to love the earth, know their
place in the web of life, and act responsibly, what would they look like?”
Nearly every environmental change-maker in history was shaped by a strong
connection to the particular place or landscape he or she called home. But
many children today are glued to screens or stuck prepping for another
standardized exam, while nature education and unstructured time outdoors
have fallen by the wayside. If children are not given opportunities to
connect with the natural world, who will be the stewards of the future?
Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change
Hiking through the arts, ecology, religion and ethics of the environment
Sigurd Bergmann, Irmgard Blindow, Konrad Ott (Eds.), 2013
Can aesthetics and ethics be integrated
for the good of habitats, places and spaces? How can arts widen our
perception of nature and deepen environmental ethics? Should the political
meaning of a landscape be defined solely in terms of its economic and
Gossip from the Forest
The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales
Sara Maitland, 2013
Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and
forests one of our most ancient and primal landscapes. Both evoke a
similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also
spooky, sometimes horrifying. Maitland argues that the two forms are
intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and
perils of the forests were both the background and the source of
fairytales. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss
deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the
seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled
stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam,
whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot
walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a
mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest
of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginitive re-telling
of a fairystory.
A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
Bill Plotkin, 2013
Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources — which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture
Tim Ingold, 2013
creates knowledge, builds environments and transforms lives. Anthropology,
archaeology, art and architecture are all ways of making, and all are
dedicated to exploring the conditions and potentials of human life. In
this exciting book, Tim Ingold ties the four disciplines together in a way
that has never been attempted before. In a radical departure from
conventional studies that treat art and architecture as compendia of
objects for analysis, Ingold proposes an anthropology and archaeology not
of but with art and architecture. He advocates a way of thinking through
making in which sentient practitioners and active materials continually
answer to, or ‘correspond’, with one another in the generation of form.
How Our Wilderness Origins Show Us the Way Forward
Louis G. Herman, 2013
How should we respond to our converging crises of violent conflict, political corruption, and global ecological devastation? In this sweeping, big-picture synthesis, Louis G. Herman argues that for us to create a sustainable, fulfilling future, we need to first look back into our deepest past to recover our core humanity. Important clues for recovery can be found in the lives of traditional San Bushman hunter-gatherers of South Africa, the closest living relatives to the ancestral African population from which all humans descended. Their culture can give us a sense of what life was like during the tens of thousands of years when humans lived in wilderness, without warfare, walled cities, or slavery. Herman suggests we draw from the experience of the San and other earth-based cultures and weave their wisdom together with the scientific story of an evolving universe to help create something radically new — an earth-centered, planetary politics with the personal truth quest at its heart.
Stories of the Great Turning
Peter Reason & Melanie Newman (Eds.), 2013
A book of stories written by people who
decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our
time, and found their own way to make a difference. They are not stories
about celebrities or gurus of the environmental movement but honest
accounts from people who share a concern for the world we live in and who,
in the words of one of the contributors, “just got on with it".
How Art Saves the World
Ine Gevers (et al., Eds.), 2013
What is natural? And who or what defines that, actually? Are we humans the only ones
who decide this, or do plans, animals, bacteria, things and natural forces also ‘get a say’? The art exhibition Yes Naturally – How Art Saves the World shows how culture and nature can reinforce each other and in the process creates conditions for a better world. In Yes Naturally artists and thinkers challenge us to look differently at ourselves, our society and our interaction with the earth.
The publication goes deeper where the exhibition leaves off. In brief, accessible articles, philosophers, ecologists, artists and anthropologists offer us new insights into the relationship between humans and their environment. Yes Naturally features unexpected perspectives, inspires us to action and challenges routine patterns with humour. ‘This book can be read as a recipe book for ecological intelligence,’ in the words of Ine Gevers, curator and initiator of Yes Naturally.
The Rediscovery of the Wild
Peter H. Kahn & Patricia H. Hasbach (Eds.), 2013
This book makes the provocative case
for the necessity of connecting with wild nature that is unencumbered and
unmediated by technology. We can love or fear the wild. We are
strengthened and nurtured by it, and much of our species’ evolutionary
need for wildness still exists within us. Authors including Dave Foreman,
Ian McCallum, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Jack Turner, and Cristina
Eisenberg offer a range of perspectives on topics such as the wild within,
including primal sexuality and aggression; birding as a portal to
wildness; children’s fascination with wild animals; wildness and
psychological healing; the shifting baseline of what we consider wild; and
the true work of conservation.
Creativity in the Classroom
Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Paul McIntosh & Digby Warren (Eds.), 2013
This volume contests the current higher
educational paradigm of using objectives and outcomes as ways to measure
learning. Instead, the contributors propose approaches to learning that
draw upon the creative arts and humanities, including cinema, literature,
dance, drama, and visual art.It is argued that these ‘arts-based
inquiry’ approaches have opened up possibilities for transformative
learning as concerned with whole person development through opportunities
to connect the intuitive, emotional, relational and creative with the
analytical and logical ways of knowing.
Documents of Contemporary Art
Jeffrey Kastner (Ed.) 2012
Nature, as both subject and object, has been repeatedly rejected and reclaimed by artists over the last half century. With the dislocation of disciplinary boundaries in visual culture, art that is engaged with nature has also forged connections with a new range of scientific, historical, and philosophical ideas. Developing technologies make our interventions into natural systems both increasingly refined and profound. Advances in biological and telecommunication technology continually modify the way we present ourselves.
Helena Sederholm (Ed.), 2012
Artistically Based Experiences in Art Education and
Teaching Working with images is a special way of building knowledge: the
message does not differentiate itself from the way it has been expressed.
There is a lack of information on what the visual thinking is like. In the
ArtBeat research project there were three main objectives: 1.) to study
artistic process, its elements and artistic activities as a part of art
educational activity, 2.) to investigate the role of contemporary artistic
features and artistically based experience in teaching at large, and 3.)
to investigate, internationally, the objectives and methods of art
educational programs in universities and to find out in different
countries how these programs reflect the issues of contemporary art and
Picturing the Cosmos
Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime
Elizabeth A. Kessler, 2012
A revealing look at the Romantic impulse behind the Hubble telescope’s awe-inspiring deep space images. Picturing the Cosmos examines the Hubble’s deep space images, highlighting the resemblance they bear to nineteenth-century paintings and photographs of the American West and their invocation of the visual language of the sublime. Strikingly illustrated, this book reveals the scientific, aesthetic, and cultural significance of the Hubble pictures, offering an understanding of how they shape our ideas about the cosmos.
Tämä on meidän luontomme - This is
Marja de Jong, 2012
in Finnish and English
A book about regional rural
landscape north of Mikkeli through the eye of young children, youth and
Global Environmental History
An Introductory Reader
John R. McNeill & Alan Roe (Eds.), 2012
Global Environmental History introduces
this rapidly developing field through a broad and thought-provoking range
of expert contributions. Environmental history is a subject especially
suited to global and transnational approaches and, over the course of the
present generation, an increasing number of scholars have taken up the
challenge that it presents. The collection begins with a series of
chapters offering truly global visions; they range from reflections on the
role of animals in environmental history to an overview of environmental
change over the past ten millennia. Part Two switches to a sharper focus,
featuring essays that characterize the distinctiveness of certain key
regions such as China, Russia, West Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Latin
America. The final part of the book examines different forms of modern
environmentalism, ranging from the U.S. and its fascination with
wilderness, to Japanese concern with human health, and on to Peru and
India, where the environmental debate centres on access to resources.
Sailing in a Concrete Boat
A Teacher's Journey
Carl Leggo, 2012
Carl Leggo, it all begins with words. The world is in the word, he writes,
and so that is just what he offers us. Through beautiful and carefully
constructed words, he offers us access to galaxies, and a sailboat back
home. Sailing in a Concrete Boat is a stunning exploration of education,
transformation, and language.
Adult Education and the Pursuit of
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
Elizabeth J. Tisdell & Ann L. Swartz (Eds.), 2012
Delve into the nature and mystery of wisdom in adult education, and what it might mean for the practice of adult education in the complexity of changing times.
This issue begins with a look at the nature of wisdom, the wisdom of nature, and how it relates to current issues in the field of adult education. It then looks to neuroscience and the evolution of sacred knowing to explore the connection between learning and wisdom. Covering transcendent and practical wisdom, the issue then draws on Eastern, Western, and Mideastern cultural and religious perspectives to develop a fuller understanding of wisdom. Finally, it covers the aspects of gender and/or culture in relation to wisdom, though in quite different ways.
Science, Totems, and the Technological Species
Peter H. Kahn, Jr. & Patricia H. Hasbach (Eds.), 2012
We need nature for our physical and psychological well-being. Our actions reflect this when we turn to beloved pets for companionship, vacation in spots of natural splendor, or spend hours working in the garden. Yet we are also a technological species and have been since we fashioned tools out of stone. Thus one of this century’s central challenges is to embrace our kinship with a more-than-human world--“our totemic self”--and integrate that kinship with our scientific culture and technological selves.
This book takes on that challenge and proposes a reenvisioned ecopsychology. Contributors consider such topics as the innate tendency for people to bond with local place; a meaningful nature language; the epidemiological evidence for the health benefits of nature interaction; the theory and practice of ecotherapy; Gaia theory; ecovillages; the neuroscience of perceiving natural beauty; and sacred geography. Taken together, the essays offer a vision for human flourishing and for a more grounded and realistic environmental psychology.
Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet
Linda Weintraub, 2012
This book documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z, presenting a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm’s anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow’s 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc wreaked upon the planet by global warming. This text is the first international survey of twentieth and twenty-first-century artists who are transforming the global challenges facing humanity and the Earth’s diverse living systems. Their pioneering explorations are situated at today’s cultural, scientific, economic, spiritual, and ethical frontiers. The text guides students of art, design, environmental studies, and interdisciplinary studies to integrate environmental awareness, responsibility, and activism into their professional and personal lives.
Survival of the Beautiful
Art, Science, and Evolution
David Rothenberg, 2011
peacock's tail," said Charles Darwin, "makes me sick." That's because the
theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so
beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain
that, a process that has more to do with aesthetics than the practical.
Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the
interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration
from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense,
philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans
included, have innate appreciation for beauty-and why nature is, indeed,
Asphalt to Ecosystems
Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Sharon Gamson Danks, 2011
Asphalt to Ecosystems is a compelling color guidebook for designing and
building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning
and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world.
This book documents exciting green schoolyard examples from almost 150
schools in 11 countries, illustrating that a great many things are
possible on school grounds when they are envisioned as outdoor classrooms
for hands-on learning and play. The book showcases some of the world's
most innovative green schoolyards including: edible gardens with fruit
trees, vegetables, chickens, honey bees, and outdoor cooking facilities;
wildlife habitats with prairie grasses and ponds, or forest and desert
ecosystems; schoolyard watershed models, rainwater catchment systems and
waste-water treatment wetlands; renewable energy systems that power
landscape features, or the whole school; creative play opportunities that
diversify school ground recreational options and encourage children to
run, hop, skip, jump, balance, slide, and twirl, as well as explore the
natural world first hand. The book grounds these examples in a practical
framework that illustrates simple landscape design choices that all
schools can use to make their schoolyards more comfortable, enjoyable and
beautiful, and describes a participatory design process that schools can
use to engage their school communities in transforming their own asphalt
Art and the Senses
Francesca Bacci & David Melcher (Eds.), 2011
This book provides an introduction to
the study of the senses and the arts. It contains over thirty chapters
written by artists/practitioners, including, musicians, visual artists, a
"sculptor for the blind", a celebrity chef, a choreographer, designers,
and architects. It also includes chapters by leading neuroscientists and
psychologists who study the senses, as well as chapters from scholars from
the humanities, including, art history, anthropology, and cultural
Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description
Tim Ingold, 2011
ranges over such themes as the vitality of materials, what it means to
make things, the perception and formation of the ground, the mingling of
earth and sky in the weather-world, the experiences of light, sound and
feeling, the role of storytelling in the integration of knowledge, and the
potential of drawing to unite observation and description.
The Insect and the Image
Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700
Janice Neri, 2011
The Insect and the Image explores the ways in which visual images defined the insect as a proper subject of study for Europeans of the early modern period. Revealing how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century artists and image makers shaped ideas of the natural world, Janice Neri enhances our knowledge of the convergence of art, science, and commerce today.
Imagination and Developing Creativity in Education
Kieran Egan and Krystina Madej (Eds.), 2011
of children to think creatively, to be innovative, enterprising, and
capable, depends greatly on providing a rich imagination-based educational
environment. This discussion, about the importance of imagination and
creativity in education, has been taken up by researchers and educators
around the world. It is represented here by writings from authors from
Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Japan, and Romania. In the
first part of this book these authors explore and discuss theories of
development, imagination, and creativity. In the second part they extend
these theories to broader social issues such as responsible citizenship,
gender, and special needs education, to new approaches to curriculum
subjects such as literacy, science, and mathematics, and to the
educational environment of the museum.
Perceptions of Nature
Marente Bloemheuvel & Toos van Kooten (Eds.), 2011
In this lavishly illustrated book, the reader is brought face to face with various, sometimes contrasting, perceptions of nature, as depicted by contemporary artists whose roots lie in both Western and non-Western cultures. These artists consider the world critically, are aware of the increasing concern for the future of nature and global sustainability, and connect contemporary problems to various cultural traditions and ways of thinking. Issues concerning technology and innovation, economic interests, environment and energy are examined, as are the meditative and cosmological experience of nature, and the romantic longing of humankind vis-à-vis the imposing, mysterious and often threatening natural world.
Some of the artists that are represented are: Lothar Baumgarten (Germany), Mark Dion (USA), Charly Nijensohn (Argentina), Yoko Ono (Japan) and Liang Shaoji (China). With texts by Jan van Adrichem, Jos ten Berge, Kaira Cabañas, Ingrid Commandeur, Doris von Drathen, Hans Ulrich Obrist en Evert van Straaten.
Link to the Windflower exhibition in the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands:
The Sympathy of Things
Ruskin and the Ecology of Design
Lars Spuybroek, 2011
"We have to find our way back to beauty," writes Lars Spuybroek in the introduction to The Sympathy of Things. In this book Spuybroek argues that we must "undo" the twentieth century – the age in which the sublime turned from an art category into a technical reality. This leads him to the aesthetical insights of the nineteenth-century English art critic John Ruskin, from which he distils pointers for our time.
In The Sympathy of Things, the old romantic notion of sympathy, a core concept in Ruskin’s aesthetics, is re-evaluated as the driving force of the aesthetic experience. For Ruskin, beauty always comprises variation, imperfection and fragility, three concepts that wholly disappeared from our mindsets during the twentieth century.
Spuybroek addresses the five central dual themes of Ruskin in turn: the Gothic and work, ornament and matter, sympathy and abstraction, the picturesque and time, ecology and design. He wrests each of these themes from the Victorian era and compares them with the related ideas of later aestheticians and philosophers like William James and Bruno Latour.
Art and Sustainability
Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity
Sacha Kagan, 2011
What is the cultural dimension of sustainability? This book offers a thought-provoking answer, with a theoretical synthesis on »cultures of sustainability«. Describing how modernity degenerated into a culture of unsustainability, to which the arts are contributing, Sacha Kagan engages us in a fundamental rethinking of our ways of knowing and seeing the world. We must learn not to be afraid of complexity, and to re-awaken a sensibility to patterns that connect. With an overview of ecological art over the past 40 years, and a discussion of art and social change, the book assesses the potential role of art in a much needed transformation process.
Sacha Kagan is research associate at Leuphana University Lueneburg and founding coordinator of the international network Cultura21. He works in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability.
Read an excerpt of the book
Art Education & Eco Awareness
A Teacher's Guide to Art & The Natural Environment
Heather Anderson, 2011
Organized around five fundamental environmental elements– land, water,
sky, plants, and wildlife– this book uses inspiring fine art and plentiful
hands-on art experiences to motivate students to look closely, think
carefully, and find out more about the world around them. Inside you will
Environment, Embodiment &
An anthology on Man, Nature and the concepts of Nature
Ane Faugstad Aarø & Johannes Servan (Eds.), 2011
What can phenomenology do to clarify eco-philosophical matters? This essential question was the center of our attention during the conference ”Environment, Embodiment and Gender” hosted by the University of Bergen in 2008 in honor of the centennial of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961). Inspired by the papers by Monika Langer, Ted Toadvine, Joanna Handerek and Kirsti Kuosa, among others, the idea of this anthology emerged and has developed from eco-phenomenology at its core, to encompass a broad range of environmental philosophy brought to life by the careful, phenomenological attention to the concrete living experience and the lifeworld. Together these essays constitute a handful of thought-provoking perspectives and ideas to ways of reforming our modern concept of nature – one of the greatest and most acute challenges of our time. Among the authors we find Charles Brown, David Abram, Gunnar Skirbekk, Claus Halberg, Fern Wickson and Svein Anders Noer Lie, Jan van Boeckel, and more.
Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics
Sigurd Bergmann & Heather Eaton (Eds.), 2011
The past years have seen an ecological development in religions that is staggering. These efforts are responses to difficult local and global ecological problems, with an
increased awareness that religions need to be alert, engaged and active partners in the work for a sustainable future.
Ecological Awareness – with 17 authors from theology, religious studies, biology, sociology and philosophy – explores how religious practitioners have become
increasingly aware of ecological challenges. The book considers aspects of ecological awareness: personal, social, political, religious and ecological. It sheds new light on an essential function of belief systems, which function not only as cognitive and moral systems, but emerge from and affect our human body and its mode of perceiving our milieu and ourselves within it. The book contributes to an
increasing awareness of our embeddedness in larger life processes, as well as the awareness of life as a gift.
Nature and Sustainability
An Educational Study with Rousseau and Foucault
Lili-Ann Wolff, 2011
The human impact on the natural world is unsustainable, and the tendency to assign education the role of remedying the problem is increasing. However, since sustainability touches fundamentals of human life on many levels, effective education becomes a challenge. This book gives a historical and philosophical view of education that deals with nature and sustainability and highlights the ethical dilemmas that arise if we expect education to be the main promoter of sustainability. Lili-Ann Wolff discusses these issues by drawing from two of the most notable scholars in the Western intellectual tradition, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Michel Foucault. The book meets the needs and interests of a diverse audience from educational, environmental and philosophical disciplines, but also many other readers having an interest in contemporary discussions about education, sustainability and nature.
Imagination in Educational Theory
A Many-sided Vision
Thomas William Nielsen, Robert Fitzgerald & Mark Fettes (Eds.), 2010
Inspired by papers developed for the
6th International Conference on Imagination and Education: Imaginative
Practice, Imaginative Inquiry (Canberra, Australia, 2008), this book
connects a cross-section of educators, researchers and administrators in a
dialogue and exploration of imaginative and creative ways of teaching,
learning and conducting educational inquiry.
The Master and His Emissary
The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Iain McGilchrist, 2010
book argues that the division of the brain into two hemispheres is
essential to human existence, making possible incompatible versions of the
world, with quite different priorities and values. The differences lie
not, as has been supposed, in the 'what' - which skills each hemisphere
possesses - but in the 'how', the way in which each uses them, and to what
end. But, like the brain itself, the relationship between the hemispheres
is not symmetrical. The left hemisphere, though unaware of its dependence,
could be thought of as an 'emissary' of the right hemisphere, valuable for
taking on a role that the right hemisphere - the 'Master' - cannot itself
afford to undertake. However it turns out that the emissary has his own
will, and secretly believes himself to be superior to the Master. And he
has the means to betray him. What he doesn't realize is that in doing so
he will also betray himself.
The Routledge Companion to Research
in the Arts
Michael Biggs & Henrik Karlsson (Eds.), 2010
A major collection of new writings on
research in the creative and performing arts by leading authorities from
around the world. It provides theoretical and practical approaches to
identifying, structuring and resolving some of the key issues in the
debate about the nature of research in the arts which have surfaced during
the establishment of this subject over the last decade.
The Ethics of Earth Art
Amanda Boetzkes, 2010
Ethics of Earth Art, Amanda Boetzkes analyzes the development of the earth
art movement, arguing that such diverse artists as Robert Smithson, Ana
Mendieta, James Turrell, Jackie Brookner, Olafur Eliasson, Basia Irland,
and Ichi Ikeda are connected through their elucidation of the earth as a
domain of ethical concern. Boetzkes contends that in basing their works’
relationship to the natural world on receptivity rather than
representation, earth artists take an ethical stance that counters both
the instrumental view that seeks to master nature and the Romantic view
that posits a return to a mythical state of unencumbered continuity with
nature. By incorporating receptive surfaces into their work—film footage
of glaring sunlight, an aperture in a chamber that opens to the sky, or a
porous armature on which vegetation grows—earth artists articulate the
dilemma of representation that nature presents.
Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia
Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education
Vea Vecchi, 2010
explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education,
and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and
atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering
pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of
Vea Vecchi, one of the first atelieristas to be appointed in Reggio Emilia
An Earthly Cosmology
David Abram, 2010
David Abram's first book, The Spell of the Sensuous - hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as "daring and truly original" by Science - has become a classic of environmental literature (see lower on this list). Now Abram returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature.
As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've inured ourselves to the wild intelligence of our muscled flesh, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. This book subverts that distance, drawing readers ever deeper into their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the body and the breathing Earth.
The shapeshifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in Abram's investigation. He shows that from the awakened perspective of the human animal, awareness (or mind) is not an exclusive possession of our species but a lucid quality of the biosphere itself - a quality in which we, along with the oaks and the spiders, steadily participate.
Conversations With Landscape
Karl Benediktsson & Katrín Anna Lund (Eds.), 2010
"Conversations With Landscape" moves
beyond the conventional dualisms associated with landscape, exploring
notions of landscape and its relation with humans through the metaphor of
conversation. Such an approach conceives of landscape as an actor in the
ongoing communication that is inherent in any perception, recognising the
often-ignored mutuality of encounters between human and non-human actors.
With contributions drawn from a variety of disciplines, including
anthropology, geography, archaeology, philosophy, literature and the
visual arts, this book explores the affects and emotions engendered in the
conversations between landscape and humans. Offering scope for an original
and coherent approach to the study of landscape, this book will appeal to
scholars and researchers across a range of social sciences and humanities.
Place and its Meanings
Gareth Evans & Di Robson (Eds.), 2010
Here are paths, offered like an open
hand, towards a new way of being in the world. At a time when the multiple
alienations of modern society threaten our sense of belonging, the
importance of 'place' to creative possibility in life and art cannot be
underestimated. Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and its Meanings
reflects in remarkable prose and poetry on specific locations from across
the diverse landscapes of the British Isles, and on the potential for
‘re-enchantment', whether personal or collective, cultural, ecological or
Make it Wild!
101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors
Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, 2010
Make it Wild! shows how children can enjoy the endless opportunities offered by wild places. Looking at what nature has to offer, they explore the potential of diverse raw materials such as snow, leaves, and sticks and suggest how to work with them. The book demonstrates how to use nature's free, renewable resources to make anything from a clay monster to an ice lantern or flaming balloons. Making things outdoors involves creativity and imagination, as well as learning how to solve practical problems, how to work together, the need to see a process through from start to finish, and the safe use of potentially dangerous tools - all of which help children acquire the skills they need to cope with the world and develop a commonsense understanding of the way it works.
The Bumper Book Of Nature
Wildlife Facts and Fun For All the Family
Stephen Moss, 2010
the last time you climbed a tree? Went pond-dipping? Picked blackberries?
Held a snail race? Or tracked down a badger set? If the answer is ‘can’t
remember’, or even ‘never’, The Bumper Book Of Nature will inspire you to
change all that for good. This is a gloriously designed treasure trove of
nature activities, ideas and information, to inspire and entertain,
wherever you are, and whatever the season. Switch off the television and
computer, pull on your Wellingtons and get outside to discover the endless
bounty and beauty of nature right on your doorstep.
Painting in Communion With Nature
Lisa Lipsett, 2010
and educator Lisa Lipsett shares a ten year creative journey recounting
her experiences with the natural world, connecting creativity with deep
ecology, education, spirituality and ecopsychology. Through playful
exercises and paintings, she invites the reader to engage in a highly
intuitive hands-on process, initiating a joyful heartfelt practice which
brings art-making back to its living roots. This book will appeal to
educators, therapists and parents looking for ways to strengthen
human-Nature relationships through the arts.
The Native Mind and the Cultural
Construction of Nature
Scott Atran & Douglas Medin, 2010
Surveys show that our growing concern over protecting the environment is accompanied by a diminishing sense of human contact with nature. Many people have little commonsense knowledge about nature—are unable, for example, to identify local plants and trees or describe how these plants and animals interact. Researchers report dwindling knowledge of nature even in smaller, nonindustrialized societies. In The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature, Scott Atran and Douglas Medin trace the cognitive consequences of this loss of knowledge. Drawing on nearly two decades of cross-cultural and developmental research, they examine the relationship between how people think about the natural world and how they act on it and how these two phenomena are affected by cultural differences.
A Cultural Response to Climate Change
David Bruckland & Chris Wainwright (Eds.), 2010
"Unfold" exhibits the work of
twenty-five artists who have participated in the Cape Farewell expeditions
in 2007 and 2008 to the High Arctic and in 2009 to the Andes. Each artist
witnessed firsthand the dramatic and fragile environmental tipping points
of climate change. Their innovative, independent and collective responses
explore the physical, emotional and political dimensions of our complex
and changing world stressed by profligate human activity. This body of
work addresses a new process of thinking where artists play an informed
and significant role through creating a cultural shift, a challenge to
evolve and inspire a symbiotic contract with our spiritual and physical
I love my World
Mentoring Play In Nature, For Our Sustainable Future
Chris Holland, 2009
A new guidebook to rekindle the naturally playful spirit and develop a deep connection with nature from an early age. Chris Holland takes a holistic view of our current global environmental crisis and presents a heartfelt as well as intellectual response to it by taking our young people outside to learn to play and play to learn.
Full of bushcraft, environmental art, nature awareness and outdoor play activities, as well as mentoring tips and beautiful images, this book will make you want to pack your bags, step out and celebrate our wonderful world.
Simple Land Art Through the Seasons
Marc Pouyet, 2009 (English edition)
From art using snow, ice, leaves, and
berries to sticks, branches, mud, and pebbles, Natural suggests more than
200 simple, abstract creations that readers can make when they’re out and
about, using nothing but natural materials. Along with the pleasure to be
had in creating something beautiful in just a few minutes, the projects
are a splendid way to open a child’s eyes to all the shapes, colors, and
textures nature has to offer. Pouyet is directly inspired by land artists
like Robert Smithson, who created a giant stone spiral jetty in the Great
Salt Lake, and Nils Udo, who makes enormous, magical nests from birch
trunks and willow branches. For families, teachers, crafters, and all who
delight in a few moments of creativity, Natural is a rich source of
inspiration to engage with the amazingly varied elements of the everyday
Arts for Change
Teaching Outside the Frame
Beverly Naidus, 2009
A provocative, personal look at the motivations and challenges of teaching socially engaged arts, Arts for Change overturns conventional arts pedagogy with an activist's passion for creating art that matters.
How can polarized groups work together to solve social and environmental problems? How can art be used to raise consciousness? Using candid examination of her own university teaching career as well as broader social and historical perspectives, Beverly Naidus answers these questions, guiding the reader through a progression of steps to help students observe the world around them and craft artistic responses to what they see. Interviews with over 30 arts education colleagues provide additional strategies for successfully engaging students in what, to them, is most meaningful.
Childhood and Nature
Design Principles for Educators
David Sobel, 2008
Childhood and Nature, educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful
connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or
arctic, but in our own backyards and communities. Based on his
observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates
seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning
experiences for children. Place-based education projects that make
effective use of the principles are detailed throughout the book. And
while engaged in these projects, students learn language arts, math,
science, social studies, as well as essential problem-solving and social
skills through involvement with nature and their communities.
Art, Community and Environment
Edited by Glen Coutts &Timo Jokela, 2008
Art, Community and Environment
investigates wide-ranging issues raised by the interaction between art
practice, community participation, and the environment, both natural and
urban. This volume brings together a distinguished group of contributors
from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Finland to examine topics such as
urban art, community participation, local empowerment and the problems of
ownership. Featuring rich colour illustrations and informative case
studies from around the world, Art, Community and Environment addresses
the growing interest in this fascinating dimension of art and education,
forming a vital addition to Intellect’s Readings in Art and Design
Maailman Ihanin Tyttö
/ The Loveliest Girl in the World
Bilingual (Finnish & English)
Miina Savolainen, 2008
The Loveliest Girl In The World tells a touching growth story about becoming visible and accepting yourself. Every one of us is entitled to feel ourselves precious and beloved. The text and photographs are by art and social educator, photographer Miina Savolainen. The feelings and experiences of ten girls who have grown up in a children’s home carries the story forward.
The fascinating, beautiful book is like an old fairytale book with its hand-made graphics. The book includes over 140 colour pictures, of which many of them have never been published before. The pictures present Finnish nature amazingly beautiful. Every lovely girl has their own visual world in the book.
Tree People / Das Volk der Bäume/
Finnish, German & English edition
Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo, 2006
The roots of
our relationship to the forest extend far back into a mythical era when
our woods were still inhabited by spirits of many kinds. At that time the
religious centres of communities were sacred groves, where people gathered
to maintain contact with the great gods of nature. People revered the
forest gods by sharing a part of their catch with the woods. In the yard
of almost every house or farm was a sacrificial tree to which people's
destinies were tied. Through the tree, contact was maintained with the
deceased and the guardian spirits. Offerings were made to it, and it was
asked for help in curing illnesses.
Dendros: Horizons of Change
Dave Pritchard, 2006
This book is one of the fruits of a project commissioned by the "Research in Art, Nature & Environment" unit (RANE) at University College Falmouth. While a thread of investigation and assessment ran through the work, and a scientific background was brought to bear, this is not a research report. It is instead situated in a contemporary arts context. The tensions and creative freedoms occasioned by this are, themselves, part of the underlying story.
Issues of humankind’s feeling for trees and the values they represent, our conceptions of change in the environment, the timescales in which we think about such change, and how we respond (in philosophy, art, and policymaking), were the springboard for a suite of creative engagements in south-west England during 2005- 2006. Aspects of these are presented in the book.
Last Child in the Woods
Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
Richard Louv, 2005
The book explores the increasing divide
between the young and the natural world, and the environmental, social,
psychological, and spiritual implications. It also shows us how important
that connection is for child and adult health. It
shows how the absence of nature in the lives of today's
wired generation can be linked to some of the most disturbing childhood
trends: obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Let Your Children Go
Back to Nature
John Hodgson & Alan Dyer, 2003
A "subversive look" by two long-experienced educationalists, challenging the current orthodoxies about the upbringing of children. Offers an attractive means to ameliorate the deadening effects of the National Curriculum. Based on extended experiments in Devon, it is full of creative ideas.
Drawing Closer To Nature
Making Art In Dialogue With The Natural World
Peter London, 2003
states that the aim of drawing closer to nature is to employ the artistic
processes to draw our selves--mind, body, and spirit--closer to nature.
When so repositioned, our thoughts and behaviors--artistic and otherwise
take on depth, grace, and richness of expression--just what we want for
our life and our art.
Sight and Sensibility
The Ecopsychology of Perception
Laura Sewall, 1999
In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the connection between the human psyche and the natural environment. Fueled by a growing awareness of worldwide ecological degradation, an entirely new field of study, called ecopsychology, has emerged. At universities across the United States, scientists are learning how the decline of our planet's environment affects not just our physical health but also our minds and emotions.
Laura Sewall is one of ecopsychology's pioneers and an expert in the study of the visual process. In combining these fields, she has determined that the sense of sight is key to understanding and potentially reversing the effects of ecological destruction. In Sight and Sensibility Sewall traces the evolution of human sight and the cultural development of different ways of seeing. She shows how we can restructure the neural networks that determine how we see, awaken to visual patterns and depth perception, and learn to see more of the world around us.
The Spell of the Sensuous
Perception and Language in a More-than Human World
David Abram, 1997
There was a time when humans spoke with the voice of the Earth. Our ancestors' senses were alert to messages coming to them from the wild world of nature. They were immersed in meanings—meanings that resonated in their own flesh. In The Spell of the Sensuous, philosopher and ecologist David Abram explores the deep roots of human language in the preverbal responses of our bodies to the flux of living nature.
With the skill of a poet and the precision of a philosopher, Abram takes us into the story of language itself. He tells us how, as a sleight-of-hand magician, he was able to enter the world of indigenous magicians and to closely observe their intimate relations with animals and plants. Then, as a philosopher trained in the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, he weaves this narrative into an incisive and illuminating account of the genesis of language in preverbal communication between the human body and the surrounding body of nature. We are all born with this ancestral heritage, with the ability to "read" and respond to the sensuous Earth. But with the discovery and learning of written words, literate cultures lost something special—even something sacred—that had been integral to the oral traditions. With the written word, language fell silent, and we became strangers in our own land.
Image of the Earth
Writings on art-based environmental education
(English translation of Maan Kuva, see below)
Meri-Helga Mantere (Ed.), 1995
(Several chapters are downloadable as PDF above)
Look to the Mountain
An Ecology of Indigenous Education
Gregory Cajete, 1994
Although written especially for a
Native American audience, the wisdom of Cajete’s approaches is applicable
to the development of learning environments for all youth and the
communities within which they live. Cajete's book is a fine work, that
incorporates traditional Native American practices into the modern world.
The book clearly sparkles with Native American philosophy/religion
(ecosophy) and is which thought provoking and clearly stated.