Category: Envs 350

Annotated Bibliography and Isms Map

Key questions Framing question: How do artists engage in environmental activism?  Descriptive: What worlds do environmental artists create? Explanatory: Why do artists choose to create the worlds that they do? Evaluative: Are these worlds important to create? Instrumental: Is artist’s creation of worlds effective in affecting societal change? Procedure  My main topics are new materialism,…

Environmental Management

Barrow’s description of Environmental Management (EM) is fairly thorough and the systemic changes he proposes are agreeable. However, he doesn’t spend very much time at all troubleshooting this proposal. He doesn’t incorporate any discussion about how this would affect different demographics of people or the prices of products. In addition, he makes the assumption that…

Events of Symposium Week

*Photo is a mushroom from the olympic Peninsula This week was the ENVS symposium. This year, the these was “Engaging Across Difference”. The week kicked off with Keynote address from Sunnita Narain, an acclaimed and very well spoken climate activist from Deli, India. Her talk covered the vitality of prioritizing equality in discussions about climate…

Desertification or Degradation?

In this chapter on desertification. Diana K. Davis argues that people overuse and misuse the term desertification. She explains that many places where people think desertification are just experiencing natural fluxes in precipitation. In addition, she critiques outdated colonial ideas about desertification caused by overgrazing and land mismanagement, usually blamed on indigenous cultures. This idea…

Thesis Topic Proposition

I am planning on writing my thesis about how environmental art and symbolic action intersect. Within this, my specific interest lies in artists working with materials that have a certain kind of agency. I am looking forward to doing more research and thinking further about this topic.