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The Anthroposcene workshop


The Anthroposcene: 

Artists and Writers in Critical Dialogue with Nature and Ecosystems


June 17-18 2014
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University



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


Workshop Facilitators

Timothy M Collins BFA MFA PhD   Artist, Author and Planner
Reiko Goto Collins BFA MFA PhD   Artist, Author and Designer

Convenor: Dr Josh Wodak, Visiting Fellow, HRC

The workshop is offered in concert with the conference

Affective Habitus:
New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions

Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, June 19-21 2014


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