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a hopeful art practice: more investigations into art and ethics

One very intriguing direction in which we can continue to think about ethics in art is through considering the “first philosophy” of ethics, developed in the twentieth century by the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. I am going to look at some of his ideas, and then see how we can deepen our understanding by relating them […]

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photography

wildflower stories from Kidwelly

I’ll share with you here some images of wildflowers tended and loved by Kidwelly Common Ground group at Glan yr Afon in Kidwelly. I’m grateful for, and so much enjoying my Wednesday mornings with the group, and hoping over time to be able to develop some prints or other works from the sessions, and my […]

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hope and art : what is useful art?

Last time, thinking about a hopeful art practice, I wrote about Tanya Bruguera, and her comments about “useful art”. “Useful art is a way of working with aesthetic experiences that focus on the implementation of art in society, where art’s function is no longer to be a space for signalling problems, but a place from […]

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a hopeful art practice : useful art

In 2013, Tanya Bruguera initiated and curated a project called the “Museum of Arte Útil“, in which examples and templates of “useful art” were made freely available, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven was opened up for use by community organisations. In her opening speech, Tanya Bruguera said: “art as ‘as-ethics’, this is a term […]

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a hopeful art practice: the commons

In my last blog post on a hopeful art practice, we looked at a work by the sculptor Joseph Beuys called “7000 Eichen”. Joseph Beuys was invited to make his work as a contribution to the 1982 contemporary art exhibition in Kassel, “Documenta 7”. From the beginning of the project, he made it very clear […]

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art drawing

from the garden …

I’ve been at Penlan Uchaf again this week at Banc Organics catching up with everyone, and spending time with the seedlings, doing some drawing.

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a hopeful art practice

Rebecca Solnit, in her book “Hope in the Dark”, quotes Václav Havel, writing from his experience as a political prisoner: “The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we […]

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drawings, from the woods

The beginning of some experimental drawings I am making. The method for these is to leave the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes fungi on paper, and wait for several weeks. This being a continuation of the drawing and photography I have been doing from daily walks at the woods near Cwmmawr, through the early […]

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garden work – questions

What are the emotional landscapes that we need to foster in order to support the positive long-term systems (and behaviour ) change that our environmental and climate crises challenges us with? What does a sophisticated and generous psychology look like, and how can we use that kind of emotional intelligence in this struggle? How do […]

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drawing

playing with drawing mosses & lichens