The Earth Issue 002: IMPACT – a collaborative effort by The Earth Issue and Archive Collective.
Our second issue unpacks two forms of “impact”: both the positive and negative traces left by humanity on its natural environment in the context of the anthropocene, and the possibilities for environmentalist impact at the conjunction of art and activism.
As media consumption becomes increasingly fragmented, divisive, and delivered in indigestible portions of scrolling, statistics, news and op-eds, the simple act of switching off and pulling back from public discourse presents itself as an attractive alternative to the political fray. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our interviews with artists and ecologists while putting together this issue, it’s this: the most effective breed of environmentalism starts at home, so to speak, in cultivating a personal philosophy centered around applied ecology and purpose-driven, conscious engagement with one’s environment.
In his essay, Dark Ecology, Paul Kingsnorth proposes a list of solutions that would “not be a waste of time” when it comes to conservation, and they are all rooted at the individual, practical level. Withdrawing: to “allow yourself to sit back quietly and feel, intuit, working out what is right for you and what nature might need from you.” Rewilding land, planting a garden, creating places or networks that act as refuges, getting your hands dirty, grounding yourself in things and places, remembering that everything has intrinsic value, beyond utility, sitting on grass, touching a tree, walking into the hills, marveling at “what the hell this thing called life could possible be..”
Over the course of this issue, we chose to steer clear of doomsday perspectives and to instead address the many inspiring ways in which creative individuals or micro-communities are shaping a more harmonious connection with the natural world.
NEVERCREW, Zaria Forman, Jason deCaires Taylor, Jonas Marguet, Aloha Bonser Shaw, Andres Donadio, Carlos Jiménez, CLOAAT, Martyna Wójcik-Śmierska, HEMPEN, Toca Do Coelho, Victoria Fuller, Joana Sequeria, Leah Abraham, Niels Carlyle, Matthieu Lavanchy, Benjamin Eagle, Patrick Roberts, Tomoki Yamauchi, Elizabeth Fleur Willis
89 pages, offset print using non-soya vegetable oil based inks, perfect bound, full colour on 100% recycled paper.
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There is a growing consensus today, that we are living in an age where the earth has been so deeply impacted by humanity, that a new geologic epoch–the Anthropocene–needs to the declared. The Anthropocene, or the ‘Age of Man’ is believed to have begun in the year 1950, and can be visualised as a distinct and heavy footprint on the earth. Furthermore, this footprint has been etched and defined by the prickly residues of our industrialisation, technological advancement, and rampant consumer culture.
This supports the belief that designers are well-aligned to play a leading role in shaping our future attitude towards natural resources, production processes and the consumption of goods. And it is this belief, that is at the heart of Form&Seek’s ‘Age of Man’ exhibit, where the talented and diverse collective of designers and artists will present their compelling visions for the future, and design solutions that are best suited for our age
A collaboration between The Earth Issue, Archive Collective, Form&Seek & MaterialDriven - The "Age of Man" mini-issue examines the Age of Man show by Form&Seek at the Ventura Projects area of Milan Design Week 2017. The foreword written by MaterialDriven's founder, Purva Chawla, introduces the theme of the exhibit and the responses from the 30 designers and artists showcased within the issue and at the Age of Man exhibit.
16 paged, riso-printed (an environmentally friendlier print process using soy-based inks) and saddle stitch bound, 2 colour on uncoated pink evercolour paper (100% recycled paper stock). Printed in London by Hato Press
The Earth Issue 001 is our first printed issue; a collaborative effort by The Earth Issue collective and Archive Collective. It focuses on the intersection between fine art and environmentalism, exploring our relationship with the natural world through a range of creative media from, film photography to ceramic sculpture and performance art.
The Earth Issue 001 features the work of 28 up-and-coming and established artists, photographers, writers and designers. In common, they share a dedication to honouring the beauty of nature through their work, using art as a driving force for environmental activism. The collaborators of this publication aim to highlight a growing interest amongst young artists to awaken society’s complacent consciousness towards the environment; to inspire and harness the power of social change.
The creative projects brought together in this publication are a glimpse into the diverse possibilities for work at the intersection of art and environmental sustainability. Through acts of inspiration and activism, photographers, writers, painters, and artists have the power to bring environmentalist initiatives to the forefront of cultural discourse. “The Earth Issue” is a celebration of the creative intersection between art and environmentalism, and we hope that it can serve as inspiration for future collaborations and discussions on the topic.
Andrew Gold, Vilde Rolfsen, Kieran Behan, Carla Cascales, Steve León Brown, Zuri Camille de Souza, Marco Barbieri, Alba Giertz, Jim Frazer, Elsa Leydier Lucas Sere Peltzer, Ana Maria Guera, Luca Tombolini, Wara Bullot, Ram Vafa, Nora Lowinsky, Javier Kaplan, Georgia Noble, Samuel Zeller, Elena Cremona, Adam Popli, Elizabeth Fleur Willis, Joseph Barnes, Miguel Rodriguez, Misty Granade, Rachel Thomson, and Georgina Parker.