Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability adopts a pluralistic perspective of environmental artistic processes in order to examine the contributions of the arts in promoting sustainable development and culture at a grassroots level and its potential as a catalyst for social change and awareness.
This book investigates how community arts, environmental creativity, and the changing role of artists in the Polis contribute to the goal of a sustainable future from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. From considering the role that art works play in revealing local environmental problems such as biodiversity, public transportation and energy issues, to examining the way in which artists and art works enrich our multidimensional understanding of culture and sustainable development, Form, Art and the Environment advocates the inestimable value of art as an expressive force in promoting sustainable culture and conscious development. Utilising a broad range of case studies and analysis from a body of work collected through the international environmental COAL prize, this book examines the evolution of the relationship between culture and the environment.
This book will be of interest to practitioners of the environmental arts, culture and sustainable development and students of Art, Environmental Science, and International Policy and Planning Development.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction- Environmental Topics as An Everlasting Relationship 1. Art and Environment: Historical Crossovers between Europe and North America 2. Eco-Art & Indigenous Cultures Part 2 Alternative Paths to Sustainable Development via the Arts 3.Framing activity, process and experience as art 4. Living species in the world fabric 5. Engaging Dialogue with Other Species Part 3 The Artist as Player/Creator of Civil Society 6. Making New Local Economic Cycles 7. Creative Individuals: Local Production, Lifestyle and Robinson Caruso 8. Artists as Scientists, Macro to Micro Part 4 Recontextualizing Form in a Local Culture 9. Deception: Dada to Smithson 10. Taking it Seriously and the Refusal to Accept Permanence 11. Passive Audience/ Performative Public Part 5 Class and a new Art Economy 12. The Redistribution of Value 13. The Great Divide: Artist and Art 14. Rules of Access and Spheres of Justice 15. Parallel Structures Part 6 Conclusion: Culture and Sustainable Development 16. Artistic Utopias 17. Frankenstein's Paradigm 18. An Earth Future 19. Mana and Meaning
Nathalie Blanc is Director of Research at Paris Diderot University, France.
Barbara L. Benish is an artist and Founding Director of ArtMill: Center for Sustainable Creativity, Czech Republic.