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Engaging Places: Environment, Anthropocene & Ecology E-Meet Nov 27th - The Open College of the Arts

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Engaging Places: Environment, Anthropocene & Ecology E-Meet Nov 27th

Our next Arts & Environment E-meet is November 27th, 6-7pm UK time.
Link to join  https://oca.zoom.us/j/418087540
Please sign up for the meet first via this google form


Get involved. This is an informal online chat using zoom.  A 60 minute conversation to share ideas and resources to support each other’s work-in-progress. Our theme is engaging places: environment, anthropocene and ecology, and how creative practices can contribute, particularly at this time of global climate emergency. This discussion is open to all OCA students on any course at any level.


Just email [email protected] to book yourself on, then use this zoom link. You can turn up on the day to listen and respond or, better still, make more of the session by engaging with the resources and links in advance. A regular community of contributors is growing and anyone is welcome to give an informal PechaKucha style student presentation of 3-5 mins. We then discuss themes emerging from student work, ideas and the shared resources.


If you would like to present something you will need to get in touch in advance, as space is limited. Please consider sharing something related to our theme of Engaging places: environment, anthropocene and ecology. For example:

 your own work-in-progress
 a project or text you have engaged recently with
 A response to one of the related #WeAreOCA blog posts below
 A response to some aspect of our Arts & Environment online VLE and Padlet resources

This can be very informal, most students share their screen and click through a few images. An image and link can be posted to our Arts & Environment padlet space after the meet.


Melissa— Seed balls

Thinking and responding to notions about ecology and place, Melissa will introduce a natural farming method of sowing seeds by making seed balls from local clay, this works on the idea that a plant will take root where it is happy growing. Over time plant and soil ecology adapts becoming more resilient and requiring less inputs. See Masanobu Fukuoka, One Seed Revolution (1975), a founding document to the food movement.

Dan— Investigating Place: Journeys with Psychogeography

Dan discusses his involvement with a new OCA short course called Investigating Place: Journeys with Psychogeography and outline an opportunity to get involved with this free

Please take some time to look through these recent #WeAreOCA blog posts related to our theme.

Study event: Icebreaker Dreaming  – Please also consider signing up to attend Ruth Maclennan’s study visit on 18th January 2020 at her solo exhibition at Pushkin House in London.

In conversation with: Hayley & Ása

The writer’s role in climate emergency

In conversation with: Dan (and John Ruskin)

Art in the Anthropocene

Please feel free to explore our FREE Arts & Environment VLE resource and Padlet site (for access and feedback contact [email protected]).

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