Let's Talk About The Weather podcast explores creative approaches to global problems through ecoart, music, writing, and other media. In discussing the connections between humans and their environment through the eyes of artists, we find a fresh perspective on ecology and new ways to thrive on our favorite planet.
Flashback Friday with Regan Rosburg: Breaching Grief, Melancholia and Mania with Biophilia
Regan Rosburg is an artist and naturalist. Recently, her work has been an investigation into society's collective grief, melancholia and mania which manifests as consumption and distraction. She has conducted biology-based research trips to the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, The Pacific Northwest Coast, and the Smokey Mountains of Northeast Tennessee.
Rosburg works in a variety of materials. Her resin work contains precious artifacts: plant and animal relics, bones, insects, lace and painted imagery. These objects are suspended in incredibly laborious, three dimensional resin "paintings." The use of resin poignantly addresses her growing concern over plastic pollution in the environment, while presenting the beauty of plant and animal species.
Regan curated Axis Mundi - an exhibition of 21 artists from all over the USA and Canada that responded to the topics of Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania and Biophilia.
Links mentioned Ecopsychology The three terms expressed on Axis Mundi: Artists on Ecopsychology Freud's “Mourning, Melancholia, and Mania” PDF Renee Lurtzman on Environmental Melancholia E. O. Wilson and Biophilia / Forest Bathing in Japan The 2017 Biennial of Americas in Denver, CO Chris Jordan's film "Albatross" The 21 artists and their work can be found at AXIS MUNDI Artists on EcoPsychology: Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania, and Biophilia Regan's "The Relentless Memorial" Axis Mundi Brings The Work of Twenty-one Artists from the USA and Canada Jennifer Jenal showing of Albatros Summer 2018 showings at the William Havu Gallery in Denver Guest Contact information ReganRosburg.com Regan Rosburg on InstaGram #reganrosburg Regan Rosburg on Tumblr Regan Rosburg on Vimeo Purchase the podcast’s namesake Eco Music album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" on iTunes or Bandcamp. XG1JhG5bhVnOqLzWJFnM
Zack Rago: Diving In with Chasing Coral Co-Star
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ZACKERY RAGO is the Youth Outreach Manager for Exposure Labs' Chasing Coral Impact Campaign and is thrilled to engage youth around the globe through science, art, and passion.
Zack’s passion for coral reefs began in the Hawaiian Islands where he spent his childhood summers under the waves of the Pacific. His infatuation with coral led to a position in the marine aquarium industry for 4 years before bringing his passion to Teens4Oceans and View Into The Blue. He received a degree in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a talented reef aquarist and long-time scuba diver, he is dedicated to communicating the story of coral through science and art.
Links Mentioned https://www.chasingcoral.com/ http://www.exposurelabs.com/ https://teens4oceans.org/ https://www.viewintotheblue.com/ Contact Zack Zack Rago Zack on Twitter @coral_buff Zack on Instagram @coral_buff Zack and Resources on www.ChasingCoral.com Contact us and let’s talk (about the weather) Ashley Mazanec at EcoArtsFoundation.org Britta Nancarrow on Instagram Britta Nancarrow at the Climate Reality Project EcoArtsFoundation.org Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast page Email the show Purchase the podcast’s namesake Eco Music album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" on iTunes or Bandcamp.
Beverly Naidus: Superwoman Remediating Superfund Sites
Beverly Naidus is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. While developing an innovative studio arts curriculum, she has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative and conceptual drawings for over three decades. Much of her work is audience-participatory, inviting people to tell their own stories in response to the theme being explored. Inspired by the lived experience, topics in her art focus on environmental and social issues, including how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression.
Her unique courses at UWT emerge from her own projects and include Art in a Time of War, Cultural Identity and Art, Body Image and Art, Eco-art, Labor, Globalization and Art and the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer. She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, numerous essays on socially engaged art and pedagogy and some recent pieces of speculative fiction. She has taught at several NYC museums, Carleton College, Cal State Long Beach, Hampshire College, Goddard College and the Institute for Social Ecology. She has guest lectured and led workshops all over North America and in Europe.
She facilitated and designed the permaculture-inspired, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, on Vashon Island, WA, funded by the Royalty Research Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in mainstream museums, university galleries, alternative spaces, and city streets. It has been reviewed and discussed by many significant writers, including Lucy R. Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Paul Von Blum and Lisa Bloom.
As part of her new collective, ARTifACTs, she is collaborating on an interactive, multidisciplinary project about the future. “We Almost Didn’t Make It,” imagines the artifacts (and stories that emerge from them) found by our descendants that give them insights into the risks taken by activists (their ancestors) that allowed the descendants to exist. It’s an audience participatory and multi-media work that gives participants the opportunity to imagine the artifacts that their descendants might find.
Topics & Links Covered in this Episode Joanna Macy - Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age Beverly Naidus- Eden Reframed Beverly Naidus - Soil Remediation Pesticides originally developed as bio warfare during World War II Beverly Naidus on Panic and Despair about Climate Change - We Almost Didn’t Make It UW Tacoma YouTube - We Almost Didn't Make It - Beverly Naidus Pete Seeger “Lots of teaspoons can fill a pail” (The teaspoon brigade) Children & Nature Network - Nature Deficit Disorder No More "Nature-Deficit Disorder" - The "No Child Left Inside" movement Beverly Naidus Book: One Size Does Not Fit All Beverly Naidus Book: Art in a Time of War Book: Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame Non violent communication Beverly Naidus - Labor Globalization and Arts class Beverly Naidus - So you want to be an eco-artist? Lessons in Grief and Gratitude Beverly Naidus - Portable Altars for Grief and Gratitude Beverly sits on the Puyallup Nation Land Contact Beverly Naidus BeverlyNaidus.net On Facebook: Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame Download: Naidus-Art CV 2018 Eco-art Project’s Blog: Eden Reframed: Eco-art Meets Permaculture Design on Vashon Island Beverly Naidus: Academia, University of Washington Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Faculty Member Beverly Naidus: Wikipedia Purchase the podcast’s namesake Eco Music album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" on iTunes or Bandcamp.
Photographic Story Teller Noam Bedein Advocates Dead Sea Revival
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Beginning in April 2016, environmental visual arts activist Noam Bedein began documenting the treasures of the Dead Sea, gathering evidence of new dramatic geological phenomena and measuring the constant and rapid receding water level.
Scientists are warning that if something is not done immediately, all that will remain of the Dead Sea will be a small pool of salt water.
His mission is to share the incredible beauty of this World Heritage Site using many forms of visual arts; such as a photo exhibition display and virtual reality demonstration, all for sounding the alarm of its imminent disappearance. Since founding Dead Sea Revival Project he has been recognized by National Geographic and CNN/VR.
Links mentioned Dead Sea rapid receding water level Dead Sea Revival Project Noam Bedein on Instagram National Geographic and CNN/VR. Follow #RestoreHistoricalFlow
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Ellison and Borden Amplify Ecological Culture with Design and Landscape Architecture
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Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Ecologist & Deputy Director at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004/2012), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), Stepping in the Same River Twice: Replication in Biological Research (2017), Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution (2018), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest. On Wednesdays, he works wood.
David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Driven by research and community outreach, his work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.
David's place-based projects have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Artlab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University and continues to work with researchers as a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and worked at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
Links mentioned The Suffocating Embrace of Landscape and the Picturesque Conditioning of Ecology
Guest Contact Info Aaron Ellison Aaron’s Wikipedia page Aaron’s Amazon Author page Aaron at Harvard Forest (Harvard University's 4000 acre laboratory & classroom Long Term Ecological Research site since 1988) Aaron The Unbalanced Ecologist Aaron on Twitter @AMaxEll17 Email Aaron Ellison David Buckley Borden David at DavidBuckleyBorden.com Associate Fellow (Designer-In-Residence) at Harvard Forest Hemlock Hospice Art/Science Installation & Exhibition by David Buckley Borden David at the Santa Fe Art Institute Contact us and let’s talk (about the weather) Ashley Mazanec at EcoArtsFoundation.org Britta Nancarrow on Instagram Britta Nancarrow at the Climate Reality Project EcoArtsFoundation.org Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast page Email the show Purchase the podcast’s namesake Eco Music album "Let’s Talk About The Weather" on iTunes or Bandcamp.
Mario Benassi: A Walk on the Wild Side of Environmental Film
Mario Benassi is a producer, director and cinematographer dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity. National Geographic, PBS and Discovery Channel are just a few of the many organizations Benassi has worked with.
Acclaimed for filming in rugged and remote jungles, Benassi has put himself in extreme situations to capture intimate moments with truly amazing wildlife. He now resides in Haines, Alaska where he continues to document the wonders of nature exposing how pollution and other environmental issues affect the ecosystems.
As founder of Wildside Productions, an organization that uses media, presentations and live animal encounters to create environmental awareness, Benassi’s goal is to inspire the preservation of the Earth’s beauty.
Links mentioned Marty Stouffer's Wild America. Ginger Kathrens and The Cloud Foundation protecting and preserving America's wild horses and burros. Mario Benassi film Toxic Treasure (listed down the page) at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Mario’s Contact Info Mario Benassi
Producer / Director / Cinematographer
HC 60 Box 2844
Haines, AK 99827
Wildside Productions LTD
Mario Benassi films on Vimeo
Mario on Facebook
Mario Julian Benassi on Facebook
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Purpose driven and inspiring!
The interviews conducted here are honest and eye opening. Ashley touches on some beautiful themes about our planet, about art, and about what it means to be a human being on this planet. 5 stars!