Permaculture Network and Environmental Art
Patterns of Place – an Environmental Art Project
with Roz Brown
an initiative of Mid Wales Permaculture Network
I am working with a colleague to prepare some background material for this project, to enable prospective client organisations to assess the impact and benefits of such a project for their membership and public profile.
The project will:
provide an opportunity for members of a local environmental group to work individually and together to investigate micro structures in the different aspects of their area:
landscape - geology - flora - fauna
Through the enhanced examination possible with digital technology, participants will look closely at underlying structures not usually perceived by the naked eye. This 'micro' perception will act as a creative wellspring for conceptual expression of the aspects studied. The resulting artworks will express the essence of the forms we have studied and say something about the totality of the location: this relates well to the "Re-enchantment of Place" - which is a current theme in environmental and artistic circles.*
It is envisaged that the bringing of these artworks together in an exhibition will afford the sponsoring organisation a chance to invite visitors from the artworld, education, local population and environmentalist circles We may also be able to offer taster sessions to exhibition visitors - using the digital techniques we employed to look at structures in nature. We are also looking at the potential for including works of poetry relating to the artworks.
The project is designed to increase the vision of participants and visitors, and to raise the public profile of the sponsoring organisation.
I envisage being able to present the preliminary work and full details early in 2011, and expect to offer the project from spring through to winter, culminating in an exhibition to suit the needs of the sponsoring organisation.
Collaboration with other artists/poets is also invited.
* “At a time when globalisation, the implications of extreme environmental change and the multiple alienations of modern society all threaten our sense of belonging, the importance of 'place' to the enhancement of identity and creative possibility in life and art cannot be underestimated. The Re-Enchantment aims to deliver an imaginative response through art, live performance, film and writing to one of the most pressing issues facing the contemporary world”.
The Re-enchantment of Place Project.
* “The view of nature which predominated in the West down to the eve of the Scientific Revolution was that of an enchanted world. Rocks, trees, rivers, and clouds were all seen as wondrous, alive, and human beings felt at home in this environment. The cosmos, in short, was a place of belonging. A member of this cosmos was not an alienated observer of it but a direct participant in its drama. His personal destiny was bound up with its destiny, and this relationship gave meaning to his life.”
Morris Berman ‘The Re-enchantment of the World” Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981