Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 01.10.02 At the end of this month Cathy Fitzgerald is presenting her artful eco forest research-in-progress at the 2014 ASLE-UKI (United Kingdom and Ireland) Postgraduate Conference "Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts: in Dublin, 30-31 July 2014, at University College, Dublin.
Last week I gave a talk about my work at TheGallery, Bournemouth Arts University, UK. I was delighted to have the opportunity to share my work with a new audience and get valuable feedback too. My thanks to Stephanie James, Violet McClean and The Gallery interns for inviting me and making my visit so enjoyable.…Read more Tending the wild – lessons from the forest toward deep sustainability at TheGallery, Bournemouth Arts University
Recently I have been reviewing my work over the last year. Then last week I had to summarise in 15 min my overall research enquiry in a presentation to my research department and other Visual Culture PhD candidates and staff. Both the writing and presentation have helped, particularly in articulating and seeing my research query…Read more update and overview of seeing the forest: beyond the ecocidal eye to a relational gaze in wildlife/natuaral history cinema
see Africa trailer here http://vimeo.com/56367550 'Nobody, nobody, nobody (not even myself, my supervisors, and my assessor) is seriously going to want to read my thesis.' Research blogger, 'NottinghamFlorist' Guardian Higher Education Network on Academic Blogging, Oct, 19, 2012 This website is hosted by WordPress, the largest online blogging platform and they recently sent out stats…Read more ecopornography and a review of the ecocinema enquiry over 2012
An ambitious initiative ‘The Anthropocene Project’ opens this week involving leading thinkers, scientists and artists, from a range of disciplines coming together for an innovative two year study 10.01.2013 – 31.12.2014, curated by the House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) in Berlin. This is an important, albeit overdue, initiative in that significant…Read more The Anthropocene Project 2013-14 Berlin
Cathy Fitzgerald reviews ecocinema book Film and the American Moral Vision of Nature: : Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney (2011) by Ronald B. Tobias. This book discusses nature dioramas of the early 20th century and 'how such animal exhibits conveyed a suspended visual statement of the newly understood superior natural order of nature, a new moral vision that became a powerful analogy to the rising and powerful modern America'. And later the repercussions: 'Throughout American nature cinema, from early films of the American West, to Africa and the South Pacific, to Disney’s animations and TrueLife nature documentaries...reveals that much of American nature film is 'couched nature within a uniquely American moral code' and imperialistic perspectives'
'The Zone is the Zone of Cinema. The camera is in the Zone. We don’t see it; we are it' Adrian Ivakhiv, 2012 Due out next year is another new academic text adding to the small field of ecocriticism as it applies to thinking about cinema - the full title is listed as Ecologies of…Read more ecologies of the moving image – new ecocinema book by adrian ivakhiv