Archives for category: Art and Social Change

…imagining a way of interacting with the natural environment that is responsive and adaptive rather than unquestioning and based on imported urban living practices which are not appropriate for this place

more words and really what I am trying to do is define what it is that I am already doing, haven’t really begun, circling around like a hungry animal. The garden project can be framed as social practice, environmental education, civic engagement – but it is still a school permaculture garden and more about being a place based activity. What I am interested in pushing is the dialogical potential of the place based activity. How can the place and the activity create a space for an exchange of information? How does that exchange of information in the garden contribute to ways of knowing? How do conversations about garden ways of knowing describe a relationship with everyday nature? How can that experience be beneficial in reevaluating an ethical relationship with the everyday environment? Is the garden a social laboratory? Can it be used as an effective way of communicating about climate change on a local level? Do issues of mitigation and adaptation emerge in garden practice? Is the garden a relevant context for citizens to dialogue about climate change problems and solutions? What is gained by locating conversations on climate change in a placed based activity?  Does garden activity allow for a relationship with the land that is reciprocal? What is meant by garden?


Power – it is not a word I like to think about because it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to deal with power relations because it makes me feel alternately lacking or privileged – neither of which I want to look at…Of course I am about to open and eat a can of worms. Against the do-gooder, feel-gooder relational art there is the idea of forced learning…poetic climate adaptation and mitigation scenarios that force the issue of change.