Co-chair of a panel discussion at The Nature of Cities along with Carmen Bouyer. We invite seven artists from around the Earth to present their conversations with air in cities. Through their different creative practices, they invite us to encounter the air as the breath that flows through all of us, and unites us in a “common ground.” We hope you enjoy reading and participating in the conversations… … Continue readingNature of Cities: Artists in Conversation with Air
Suhee and I are showing “Wisdom from the Field,” a new project of handmade paper and prose, with each passage written on paper that we hand-made using the financial and business sections of newspapers… … Continue reading“Tool, Mind, Earth” at Fettes Gallery
Around the world, individuals are building social, economic, and ecological well being into their communities, they are becoming partners again with the earth in all that they do. Each of us, too, has the power to make a socially and ecologically just economic system a reality for ourselves and those around us. … Continue readingNature of Cities | Building an Ecology of One
In this very moment, you and I have a choice, and that choice will effect whether or not our children and grand children can live happily on this earth. We should take that choice seriously. … Continue readingFinal Straw | Life and Death in the Field
A flag, while at once a symbol of pride, oneness, and triumph, can also become a tool of artificial supremacy, of separation from our kin, and of unnecessary strife and conflict within this Earth. We often like to call this the “reality” of our times, but this begs us to ask whether or not we are defining reality in a realistic way. … Continue readingFinal Straw | The Earth Flag
What would our food situation look like if all of the suburban backyards and urban alleyways were producing some kind of food? Is this a silly agrarian dream? Would we still need GMOs? … Continue readingResilience | What if We all Grew Food?
— Lives full of important decisions which carry no importance outside of the rules and regulations we’ve conventiently made up We write in pen, pencil, stone yet it would be better written in air There is no word to express what life is There is … Continue readingOne: Wealth in Simplicity
The big reddish-colored tree in the right side of this frame is a California Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The oldest of these Redwood trees are much older than you and I. In fact, they are older than most of our recorded human history. The oldest … Continue readingThe Redwood Before Buddha
I lie on the floor
A simple blanket covers me
A small pillow filled with beans
occupies the space between the floor and the back of my head
and on a whisper through the window
the scent of the forest … Continue readingA Simple Blanket Covers Me
What acts are notable.
Who is a notable person.
If we watch as the sun slowly moves through our sky, we can see the shadows it creates. Inching along the ground, across the sea, the mountain cliffs, across our cities, walls, gardens, and across the deserts as each grain of sand casts a shadow on the next grain … Continue readingImage and Word: What is Notable?
A video-based work exploring the concept of ‘harvest’ within rural-agrarian and urban-consumer society, Harvest employs two-channel video, projected side-by-side into urban environments.
This whole Natural Capital initiative (whereby the industry puts price tags on the natural environment) is on the losing side of an argument which — by the very physical principals that guide this earth — will always be decided by nature, not humans. If there is … Continue readingNegotiating with Mother Earth
Mitigating environmental destruction while continuing to increase consumption and profit is not an issue that deserves to be talked about right now, let alone a world forum dedicated to it. … Continue readingDebating “Natural Capital” in Scotland
If humanity were a plant, its current form would be rootless
washed away at the first rain
and all of the soil with it
for the plant, the roots, and the soil
require each other … Continue readingThe Roots of Humanity
In our second visit to Kawaguchi’s home farm — the first was in May of this year — we enjoyed tea and a more informal chat than on our previous visit. Lately, Kawaguchi-san has spent his mornings working on finishing a book, and although he has … Continue readingYoshikazu Kawaguchi’s Natural Farm
Four years in the making, the documentary film Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness, has been screened in over 200 cities around the world, at film festivals, by global NPOs, community groups, and in academic settings. The film is also part of the Global Environmental Justice … Continue readingFinal Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness