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Form, Art and the Environment

Engaging in Sustainability, 1st Edition

By Nathalie Blanc, Barbara L. Benish


224 pages | 29 Color Illus. | 29 B/W Illus.

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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 ofart 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 art4. 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 Cycles7. Creative Individuals: Local Production, Lifestyle and Robinson Caruso8. Artists as Scientists, Macro to Micro Part 4 Recontextualizing Form in a Local Culture 9. Deception: Dada to Smithson10. 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 Value13. The Great Divide: Artist and Art14. Rules of Access and Spheres of Justice15. Parallel Structures Part 6 Conclusion: Culture and Sustainable Development 16. Artistic Utopias17. Frankenstein's Paradigm18. An Earth Future19. Mana and Meaning

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development

Culture as an aspect of sustainability is a relatively new phenomenon but is beginning to attract attention among scholars and policy makers. This series opens up a forum for debate about the role of culture in sustainable development, treating culture and sustainability as a meta-narrative that will bring together diverse disciplines. Key questions explored in this series will include: how should culture be applied in sustainability policies; what should be sustained in culture; what should culture sustain; and what is the relationship of culture to other dimensions of sustainability?

Books in the series will have a variety of geographical foci and reflect different disciplinary approaches (for example geography, sociology, sustainability science, environmental and political sciences, anthropology, history, archaeology and planning). The series will be addressed in particular to postgraduate students and researchers from a wide cross-section of disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

Series Editors:

Katriina Soini, University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland

Joost Dessein, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, Belgium

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy