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Art and ecology: Reshaping environmental crises through creativity

Portus, Rosamund


Rosamund Portus


As extinction crises become an increased focus of contemporary environmental conversations, creative projects that engage with stories of loss have emerged as a visible fixture of the cultural and creative landscape. This invites the question of what role creativity might play in shaping public action around extinction events. In answering this question, this lecture draws on research with creative practitioners who have produced bee-inspired creative works, marrying an exploration of creative outcome with that of creative intent. Through this examination, this lecture will explore how creative projects can simultaneously bear witness to extinction stories, pose challenging questions, engage an increased diversity of voice and experience in extinction narratives, and marry the telling of extinction stories with tangible action. This lecture will fundamentally argue that creative explorations are well-placed to engage in the world as forms of intervention, interrupting people’s relationship to extinction crises and serving as a catalyst for change.


Portus, R. (2021, June). Art and ecology: Reshaping environmental crises through creativity. Presented at Curating Art & Nature: The Knowledge of the Curator III, University of Groningen

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name Curating Art & Nature: The Knowledge of the Curator III
Conference Location University of Groningen
Start Date Jun 29, 2021
End Date Jun 29, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 13, 2021
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