On such occasions the basic act of attention that creates a place out of a location would be renewed, enhanced by whatever systems of understanding we can muster, from the mathematical to the mythological, by the passion of poetry, or by simple enjoyment of the play of light on it. Here is a gateway to…Read more Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive
Cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek: speaking on rubbish and ecology - 'This is where we should start feeling at 'home' Zizek's popular excerpt from Examined Life (150 000 youtube views) from the 2008 documentary on contemporary philosophy directed by Astra Taylor . At the end of this month I will be in the very fortunate position…Read more ecology without nature and the eco-cosmopolitan
Please note: a revised and extended new version of this article will be published in the EarthLines March 2014 magazine . "Nature photographs have become something of a problem', Joy Williams, quoted by Bart Welling in Ecoporn: on the limits of visualising the nonhuman, 2009. "The representational challenges are acute, requiring creative ways of…Read more Ecopornography, slow violence and the deep, slow art of place
Above: Two instances of wind from Tarkovsky's "Zerkalo" (Mirror), spliced together * New book due Aug 2012: Ecocinema Theory and Practice 'Most academic film studies professionals don't take nature film seriously, either historically or theoretically. Indeed, there are few better indications of the educationally counterproductive gap between the humanities and the sciences', Scott Macdonald,…Read more New book: Ecocinema Theory and Practice
'The Environmental Humanities'(2012) via filmmaker/video artist Peter Norrman and collaborators . I've been delighted to have been recently asked to be a contributor on the US/international ecomediastudies.org website. The website has a excellent resource page of key academic books and references and really useful, it has a page dedicated to journal calls for papers, conferences.…Read more The Environmental Humanities via filmmaker/video artist Peter Norrman and collaborators
5 Dec 2010: ' Twelve essays in four parts, focusing on ecocinema as activist cinema; the representation of environmental justice issues in Hollywood; independent and foreign films, the representation of animals, ecosystems, natural and human-made landscapes and readings of two mainstream eco-auteurs, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Peter Greenaway', Framing the World; explorations in ecocriticism and film,…Read more Framing the World -two timely new books on ecocriticism and film.
I've started to look more closely at ecocriticism, an area of relatively new activity in Literature theory in the past 15 years. In very recent years such activities are spreading to ecocritical examinations of other cultural forms, for e.g. cinema. (I know, its surprising how recent this all is, considering the state of the earth…Read more Are you an ecocritic? See if you meet these 6 points…