Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place – Reviewed by James Aldridge

Climate Museum UK is grateful to have been gifted the new book ‘Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place: Geopoetics, Deep Mapping and Slow Residencies’ for our library, by the authors Iain Biggs and Mary Modeen.

Here CMUK Associate Artist James Aldridge writes about the book and its relationship with his Queer River research, for the Climate Cultures website:

Queer River and Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place

In Queer River, and my wider practice, I start from the viewpoint that we have become unable to experience ourselves as continuous with the rest of what we call ‘Nature’, or to recognise the harm that we are carrying out as a result, and that through walking, talking and making with (human and non-human) others, we can start to glimpse our true interconnected nature.

Mary and Iain describe their approach as ‘disciplinary agnosticism’ which allows them to work with and hear from a range of people, including those that they describe as having knowledge and experiences that “sit outside of disciplinary thinking”. In Queer River my own methodology is to walk, talk and make with others (archaeologists, botanists, writers etc) allowing our perspectives to interweave and find their own balance, in a similar way to disciplinary agnosticism’s “…multiple aspects of understanding that overlay and inter-combine”.

James Aldridge

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