Making Cleaning Up Fun – The Hudson River Pageant

Last night I went to a benefit party in New York for a wonderful organization that uses art and performance to make cleaning up the local environment fun. Earth Celebrations was founded by Felicia Young as an organization that uses art and performance to raise local awareness in New York City about the environment of …

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Why is environmentalism so unimportant? Thomas Hirschhorn at the Venice Biennale.

A couple of days of slogging hard through the Venice Biennale this year left one message – the environment doesn’t matter and neither do those concerned with ‘preserving’ it. I spent my days enjoying some wonderful art, being astonished by art that was bland or crass – or both – and looking for art that …

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Cultural Response To Climate Change – David Buckland and Cape Farewell

The creation, expansion and success of Cape Farewell maybe represents the most ambitious, most far-sighted and most successful effort to date to place the arts front and center in the debate about climate change.  Created by David Buckland in 2001, Cape Farewell brings together artists, scientists, educators and the media in a series of expeditions …

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ext Inked – Tattooes for Life

How much do people care about the extinction of species?  It turns out that a significant number of people care enough to become ‘permanent ambassadors’ of an endangered species. In a unique activist, social work of art, The Ultimate Holding Company, a co-operative based in Manchester, England, has just completed a project entitled ext Inked.  …

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