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Ecologies in Practice

Environmentally Engaged Arts in Canada

Edited by Elysia French & Amanda White
Series Environmental Humanities Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771126120, 282 pages, June 2024

Table of contents

An Introduction to Making Ecological / Elysia French and Amanda White


INTERRUPT: Making as Intervention

Notes from a Garden Wedged into the City / Camille Georgeson-Usher

Dirty Nature: Pedagogy, Performance, Politics / David Huebert and Tom Cull

I Believe in Living: an Intertextual Curatorial Approach to Environmental (Inter)relations / Ellyn Walker


WITNESS: Picturing the Invisible

seeds are meant to disperse [to get to the future, a return to the past] / Christina Battle

Of Passengers and Lost Relations / Lisa Hirmer

Carbon Study: Walking in the Dark / Genevieve Robertson


(RE)PLACE: Offering Alternative Experiences of Place

into steps and breath / leah decter

Coney Island MTL: Re-Mediating the Greatest Show on Earth / Natalie Doonan

After The Fire / Andreas Rutkauskas

Listening in Place / Emma Morgan-Thorp


REFLECT: Considerations of a Material Practice

Can Ceramics Ever be a Sustainable Cultural Practice? / Mary Ann Steggles

Mapping Narratives: Methods and Entanglements of Social Practice / Maria Michails

1:10000 / Dana Prieto

Field Work: Rural Residencies and Environmental Arts / Emily McGiffin


Conclusion / Elysia French and Amanda White



Contributor Biographies



What is the responsibility, or the task of the arts as we face environmental crisis?  

Ecologies in Practice is an edited collection of dynamic and multi-formatted contributions that explore the ways in which cultural production informs perceptions, communications, and knowledge of environmental distress in a Canadian context, pointing to the significance of the arts in the creation and sharing of crucial counter narratives and alternative possibilities. Ecologies in Practice identifies the arts as an important mode of inquiry for reimagining, and for public engagement and understanding of pressing environmental and social concerns, while acknowledging the ways in which it contributes important work to the growing interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities.  

Bringing together artistic perspectives from a range of lenses and voices, including artists, writers, scholars, activists, curators, theorists, and makers, Ecologies in Practice offers important tools for artists, scholars, students, and research-creators invested in arts and the environment. Contributors present artistic methods as alternative sites of understanding that contribute significant and affective work to environmental scholarship, while thinking outside of the disciplinary borders and confines of the artworld. Ecologies in Practice aims to initiate vital conversations among practitioners, and together with readers, consider what environmentally engaged arts lend differently to these conversations.