Please join us for “The Anthroposcene: Artists and Writers in Critical Dialogue with Nature and Ecosystems” 17-18 June 2014 at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University in Canberra.
The pre-conference workshop will be held in conjunction with our biennial conference, this year on the theme “Affective Habitus,” 19-21 June, also at ANU.
An in-studio conversation with artists and writers who attend to changes in the environment in their work. This workshop considers perceptions, values and representations of human relationships with natural systems. The sessions will involve looking, listening, walking and talking with colleagues, and everyone presenting an example of their artwork or writing that imagines new relationships with nature, landscapes, seascapes and ecosystems, or creative response to biodiversity loss and climate change. We expect a mix of tradition and experimentation, new media and old media, narrative, lyricism and poetry. We assemble to consider how the arts reset perception with experiences that challenge values; with potential to reconfigure feelings of moral responsibility for the environment. We will consider the import and difference between sympathetic and empathic approaches to non-human relationships. Closing with discussion about how the arts contribute to a cultural discourse about aesthetic virtues and the evolution of freedom.
Collins and Goto will perform/present an edited version of:
– A Conversation with Living Things
Timothy M Collins BFA MFA PhD Artist, Author and Planner
Reiko Goto Collins BFA MFA PhD Artist, Author and Designer
The workshop is offered in concert with the conference
Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions
at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, June 19-21 2014