Environmental Performance is an art project whose main focus is creating visual metaphors to highlight the impact that waste, in its broadest sense, has on the natural environment and on humans themselves. It uses performance, installation and other media to link population, waste, and climate change.
The project has now received support from the Arts Council England, through the Grant for the arts, for a period of research and development. This gives us the opportunity to research in depth what the stuff we buy means for the natural environment and human health.
The title of this R&D is ‘Tearing Stuff Apart’ and will take the form of an art & science collaboration between visual artist Àgata Alcañiz; Industrial Ecologist Gemma Jones; 3 bio-scientists experts specialising in water (Dr. Keith White), air (Dr. Roland Ennos) and soil (Dr. Charlie Clutterbuck); the Environment Agency’s department Data to Evidence; and Digital Designer and Programmer Mick Lockwood and Rod Martin, the two men behind the Location Base Media Maxamundo.
The objective is to create a bespoke web-map as a tool for people to map out the impact that the products we buy have in the whole of their life cycle, and also to visualise our industrial and environmental heritage.
This tool will be given to community groups in order to map out their natural environment by looking at the products that have had an effect on it in the past and now.
We’ll start our research by looking at the Irwell Valley in the area of Salford, one of the main points of focus at the start of the Industrial Revolution.
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