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I - Introductory

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This course is an experiment in seeing ecology through hands-on arts practice. We examine how a combined arts and science approach (observation, questioning, rendering, hypothesising…) leads to reflective practice in understanding ecological interaction and process. From visualising connectivity to sensory pattern recognition, we explore how arts practice can help us formulate (and begin to answer) scientific questions. The course will have multiple weekly place-based field components in combination with synchronous and asynchronous online teaching.

Evaluation will be based on three components: (1) A field notebook (combined sketchbook, observation and practice journal etc) which will serve to document your process of inquiry, including observation and description (at both micro and macro level), “questions for science” derived from arts-based inquiry, and weekly field assignments. As a reflective journal, it will also critically examine your expectations, intentions, and observations of process and outcome. In addition to sketching, other creative methods of observation will be used such as frottage (rubbings), monoprint, found material collage, as well as words (e.g. haiku). (2) Reflective interaction and discussion of assigned readings (from historic (e.g. Goethe) to contemporary (e.g. Gemma Anderson)). (3) A final project that will consolidate/montage a particular vein of observation and questioning from your observation of ecological interactions (e.g. an aspect of ecology, environmental physiology or human ecology). The final project will be presented in a format for sharing with an external audience, and may include video, animation, sound recordings, sculpture, painting and other media.

Lab fee: TBD.


None; no science or arts experience or skills required.

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