15 December 2018 - 12 January 2019
Join us for the launch of this new exhibiton of artworks which presents an original vision to see how one small country can mobilise as a nation to be the first industrialised country to give back more to the global environment than it consumes.
Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.
The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.
The Deep Wealth of This Nation, Scotland is an original vision to see how one small country can mobilise to be the first industrialised country to move past the carbon cycle and become the first nation to give more to the global environment than it consumes. This vision, which takes the form of a poem, transcends political and social boundaries and encourages collective action at all levels in society. A short film which elaborates on the poem and the message behind this exhibition is below (click here if not visible). To view the whole webinar that Harrison broadcast at this event's premier at The Barn click here.
The project aims to change our perspective of the relationship between humans and the environment. We are accustomed to seeing ourselves as a human species at the centre of a set of interests that the environment serves. This has brought about an undermining of the ecosystems upon which we depend. Instead we need to imagine ourselves as one species among many, working with values and forms of action based on understanding Life as a whole. This project has been hosted by The Barn and is just on display at St. Margaret's.
We see no alternative, whether forced or voluntary For civil societies but to recreate themselves
And most of their social organisations To compensate for the stresses That they have forced on natural systems
We see no alternative than yield to nature’s agency Accepting a new form of global governance that reflects Surrendering the idea that humankind is a special case Understanding that we are simply
Even humbly, a species among species ......
We envision a more ecologically grounded human population Supported by global education in eco-literacy, As well as the government representing both humanity and Multispecies ecosystems co-equally.
from The Force Majeure A very incomplete conclusion from The Time of the Force Majeure, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison 2016, p 501
Launch 4 - 6pm on 15th December 2018.
The exhibition continues daily 11am - 4pm except for seasonal public holiday until 12th January.