Guest Blog: New Art and Ecology Collective Seeks Support

22nd January 2018

Alienation

A new environmental collective of GSA graduates seek support to launch their first project.

We are A+E, a new environmental collective of Glasgow School of Art graduates, Finn Arschavir (BA Communication Design), Marie Leguedoise (MDes Communication Design), Ane Lopez (MDes Communication Design) and Jessica Piette (MLitt Curatorial Practice). We formed out of the shared experience of unease in the face of impending environmental disaster. Unable to cope with the imminent horror of climate change alone, we came together. As a collective our practice consists of curating cultural events, talks and exhibitions that question anthropocentric rationale. We believe that art can be a tool for communication and force for positive change.

There are currently not many options for people who are experiencing symptoms of eco-anxiety – and we think it’s important to create a space where people can work through their feelings alongside others. This project is the first in what we hope will evolve into a lasting conversation that responds to the urgency of the environmental crisis, forming a growing network of collaborators and voices committed to ecology through creative projects.

OUR FIRST PROJECT

But There Is No Land Near the End is a publication containing works by over twenty internationally based contemporary artists, poets and writers whose practices engage with the urgent questions surrounding ecology. The works included respond to topics such as environmental collapse and collective denial amongst others, questioning the varying levels of disconnection that currently define our ways of relating to the non-human and the biosphere. This project is part of an ongoing initiative to expose the public to new ecocentric ways of thought, and will showcase some of the cutting edge international environmental writing and visual art.

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

By pledging money to this project, you will not only be enabling us to print the publication sustainably and to a high quality, but you will also be supporting an exciting new voice in environmentalism. We need your help in order to expand and grow as a collective: we plan to curate events and projects that will offer a space for people to explore their feelings about climate change in a positive way. We plan to open up a dialogue across the country. The publication will also be distributed to internationally based independent bookshops and libraries.

Please find a link to our kickstarter here! We would be incredibly grateful for any support you are able to offer.


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