Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

In May and June I wrote an article and gave a couple of talks about 'Goodbye Anthropocene: Hello Symbiocene. It has been my most read post with over 900 views! I talked about a new era and new terms of how humanity can picture its living well with the Earth' other inhabitants. This new framework…Read more Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

At a conference in Ireland in 2004, I remarked that the Irish had had enough experience of imported plant disease to last them a thousand years - the calamitous potato famine in 1845. The man from the Ministry got up and bleated nothing could be done because this would restrict trade and the World Trade…Read more ‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Goodbye Anthropocene - Hello Symbiocene at Trinity College Dublin I am delighted to share that I been invited to present my recent talk 'GoodByeAnthropocene - Hello Symbiocene' at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for the 'Art in the Anthropocene' 3-day International Conference', on 7th June. This international conference is being organised by Prof Steve Wilmer and…Read more Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Ar scáth a chéile… Living in harmony

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I have had a tremendous response, over 500 visitors, looking at my article and podcast on saying “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” that I posted on Monday. Glenn Albrecht’s in-depth but very accessible ideas, in his new book ‘Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World’ (2019), that map the atrocities of the Anthropocene to a more harmonious future where we prioritise the thriving of all beings -the Symbiocene, seems to have struck a chord with many.

Today, I was particularly excited that another Irish artist I know has a keen sense of the Symbiocene in his backyard. Eoin is an old friend of mine, we both were in the same painting class at the National College of Art and Design many years ago. We were delighted to find we will be co-exhibiting at a small exhibition organised by Imelda Healy, that is running alongside a conference ‘Art in the Anthropocene’ being held in Trinity College, 7-9 June 2019. I am fortunate to be giving my talk again “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” on Friday 7th June, Session 1.2.2: Eco-social Responses to the Anthropocene Session Convenor: Yvonne Scott, Chair: TBA, Time: 13.45 – 15.15 Venue: Beckett Theatre, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. See the full programme here https://artintheanthropocene.com/call-for-proposals/

Back to Eoin’s post below: I thought Hollywood was doing well with a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting lately, but look at the furry, delightful neighbours that Eoin has at his home in suburban Dublin. Eoin speaks Gaeilge so his post is first in Irish, then English – enjoy!

And if you like the idea of the Symbiocene, do let me know your thoughts below.

 


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Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Scroll down for the English language version – and there’s also a foxy video below, for your delectation.

Sé mhí ó shin chuala mé sionnach i gcoim na h-oíche. Screadach uaigneach dodhearmadta ar nós bean sí, is dócha, a bhí ann. (Níor chuala mé bean sí riamh).

Anois is arís feicimid sionnaigh sa cheantar agus muid ag siúl san oíche ach níor chuala mé ceann chomh ghar dúinn roimhe seo. Tá na gairdíní in aice linn fiáin go maith agus na sceacha ag scaipeadh isteach orainne. An fheadar an raibh an sionnach ina chónaí sa bhfiántas sin, i ngan fhios dúinn?

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Chuaigh an t-am thart agus tháinig an t-earrach. Bhí na laethanta ag dul chun síneadh. Bhí an lon dubh ag canadh ag titim na h-oíche. Bhí sé níos gile sa ghairdín anois. Oíche amháin thug mé faoi dearadh go raibh rud eicint ag corraí sa ghairdín. Bhí sionnach ina…

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My young forest and dog-loving friend Dara and his mother on a visit to Hollywood Forest

Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene!

The first Irish signatory to #CultureDeclaresEmergency and eco-social artist, researcher and educator, Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, discusses the new era, the Symbiocene. The Symbiocene is the new epoch in human history, beyond the ecocide of the Anthropocene, in which emergent humanity celebrates and respects all life's diversity and develops new Earth-aligned intellectual and emotional features. Cathy's talk identifies that the Symbiocene can help cultural workers and others frame their work, especially ecological art practices situated in communities that help people envision new ideas, practices and values for a better, more just and beautiful world. Cathy uses the Symbiocene to help deepen understanding of her ongoing eco-social art practice: The Hollywood Forest Story - 'the little wood that could'. See hollywoodforest.com/portfolio/ongoi…d-forest-story/ Cathy was invited by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies, National University of Galway and Professors Karen Till and Gerry Kearns, Maynooth University, Ireland to speak for the Art & Geography: Art, Activism and Social Engagement in the Age of the Capitalocene panel at the 7th EU Geo Congress in Galway, recorded 16 May 2019. Cathy wishes to acknowledge Dr Frances Fahy and Dr. Kathy Reilly (EUGEO Conference Co-Chairs and organisers for the bursary that she was awarded that enable her to attend the congress).

EUGEO 2019 Galway: Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene: articulating eco-social art practices that promote ecoliteracy and agency to help us move beyond 10,000 years of ecocide

    Next week is a busy time for me in Galway. I posted last week about giving a talk about my interest in the absence of cultural policy for the environmental emergency I'm giving next Tuesday 14 May. However,  later in the week I was awarded a bursary to give a short paper also…Read more EUGEO 2019 Galway: Good-Bye Anthropocene – Hello Symbiocene: articulating eco-social art practices that promote ecoliteracy and agency to help us move beyond 10,000 years of ecocide

Cathy Davey Sings Us A New Forest

Eco-forest artist and art researcher Cathy Fitzgerald reviews Irish singer-songwriter Cathy Davey's music and videos for her New Forest (2016) album. Fitzgerald reflects how art is a powerful means and meme to engage and convey more life-sustaining eco-social understanding of the Symbiocene.