Eco-Human Theory and Practice
ISSN 2713 – 184x
Ecophilosophy
Ecopsychology
Ecotherapy
Eco Art Therapy
Ecological Education
The "Green" Arts
Eco-aesthetics
Volume 1 (2020) Issue 2
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EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: ECOPOIESIS IN A TIME OF CHALLENGES
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We are proud to introduce a new issue of the ECOPOIESIS journal during this critical period of human existence. As populations all over the world are threatened, we have to ask ourselves: What is worth saving? What is worth our dedication? What can we embark upon in a time of these global challenges? The coronavirus pandemic and its wide-range impacts at social, psychological and economic levels worldwide invite us to search for answers on these questions from an integrative perspective, combining not only biomedical sciences, but ecology, the humanities, the arts and cultural knowledge as well. This issue of ECOPOIESIS aims to bring together those who have dedicated themselves to the spirit of eco-human potentiality, the spirit of ecopoiesis, in all the countries in which they work. 

ARCHETYPAL PSYCHOLOGY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ECO-HUMAN APPROACH
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This article examines the connection between the postulates and key theoretical positions of archetypal psychology and the eco-human multidisciplinary approach. The eco-human approach outlines the poietic nature of human beings, associated with their ability to shape the world in order to fulfill their needs and take care of environmental well-being with an aim to beauty. In order to demonstrate the proximity of the theoretical positions and tasks of archetypal psychology to those of the eco-human approach, the author examines human relationships to the environment and the subjectivity of the natural world. Archetypal images are considered in their relation to "archetypal natural environments" and their participation in the creative ecopoietic process. 

STICKIN’ IT TO THE LAMB: ECO-AESTHETICS, THE MYTH OF THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM AND WHY THE LAMB MUST DIE
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The article discusses the pernicious idea about harmonious, idealized human relations with the natural world, which contradicts the real practice of nature management and relations in the animal kingdom. The author calls for a tendency characteristic of Western culture to perceive the natural world through the prism of its symbolic interpretation, as a projection of human reality. He emphasizes the need for a change in perception based on a sensual, physical connection with the natural world and the development of aesthetic perception. This allows us to comprehend the natural world in a specific environment as more complex, diverse, rich and beautiful.

THE VITAL EXODUS | ÉXODO VITAL
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This multi-arts project arose from the encounter between the painting of Judith and the poetry of Odette. Inspired by the intermodal aspect of the expressive arts, which promotes the practice of diverse artistic languages, Judith invited Odette to get to know her paintings and explore the possibility of creating poems in response to them. The verses arrived and this is how Vital Exodus came about, a meeting of visual and poetic images. It invites us to stop, take distance, contemplate and pause to learn to breathe differently, to sharpen our senses and dance again to the rhythm of the universe to which we belong.

THE WOODS AT NIGHT. RE-IMAGINING THE FEAR OF NATURE
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The author reflects on the significance of our fear of nature, which results from our inability to establish complete dominion over it. In the process of knowing nature, a person may gain a certain degree of control over it, but only at the cost of losing this fear, which, the author believes, is one of the prerequisites for creative imagination. The author reveals the contradictory nature of human relationships to nature using the example of his changing  experience of being in the woods where he grew up.

 

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In a short article, an expert in the field of environmental psychopedagogy and ecopsychology emphasizes the important role of the artistic perception of nature. He draws attention to the value of a poeticized appeal to the natural world as a source of beauty. This helps to develop the emotional, aesthetic and ethical foundations human relationship to nature.

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Might play and imagination inform us about decolonizing and healing the Earth as ourselves? This article contributes to the discussion on the functions of Expressive Arts-based research (EABR) for practitioners and researchers interested in cultivating ecological identity through embodied and lived experiences. Based on the basic tenets of EABR, the author conducted this intermodal expressive arts inquiry during the early outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Canada, in accordance with the architecture of an expressive arts session: filling in from the habitual world experience, de-centering process and harvesting.
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In a short essay, the renowned poetess and scientist Sally Atkins shares her perception of the Earth and a particular place on Earth as forming a poeticized image that plays a key role and sets a certain reference point in her relation to reality. She considers some systemic concepts that support the attitude to the Earth as a living entity, in particular, the Gaia theory, as well as the idea of J. Hillman about aesthetic sensitivity. Particular importance is attached to artistic and aesthetic ways of interacting with nature.
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Creative design processes follow random or theme-based forms of access. In many cases, the beginning of meaning lies in the random placement of a figure, which is then moved and changed by intuitive action. In the context of art therapy, this design sequence can be documented during the process and later explored in the phase of making sense and organizing the experience. Digital documentation and the creation of cartoon-like short films can support integration and delve more deeply into the metamorphoses of the work.
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The article is based on a description of three geographical locations with which significant events in the author's life are associated. All these locations are in one way or another connected with economic activity, which has an increasing influence on cultural and natural environments.

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News and Events
REPORT ON EXHIBITION “THE COMING WORLD: ECOLOGY AS THE NEW POLITICS. 2030–2100”
2020-01-30 09:37:22REPORT ON EXHIBITION “THE COMING WORLD: ECOLOGY AS THE NEW POLITICS. 2030–2100”

The exhibition “The Coming World: Ecology as a New Policy” was a major event, marking the cutting edge of the development of contemporary art as part of the environmental movement and the reality in which modern humanity exists

CONFERENCE REVIEW: «FROM THE ECOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD TO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT»
2020-04-11 13:18:26CONFERENCE REVIEW: «FROM THE ECOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD TO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT»
On March 17th and 18th, 2020, the 9th Conference on Environmental Psychology was held at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow. The conference examined the theoretical and empirical aspects of environmental psychology at the present stage of the field's development, the challenges for psychological and pedagogical support in forming ecological culture and ecological consciousness, the issues of a psychology of sustainable development and the risks caused by environmental challenges.
REPORT ON THE 19th ANNUAL GATHERING IN BIOSEMIOTICS IN MOSCOW
2020-04-15 02:12:39REPORT ON THE 19th ANNUAL GATHERING IN BIOSEMIOTICS IN MOSCOW

The 19th annual Biosemiotics Gathering that took place on 1–5 July 2019, was hosted by the Philosophy Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. That it was hosted by a philosophy faculty rather than a science faculty, and that it was hosted in Russia, are both significant. Biosemiotics is a challenge to mainstream biology, still struggling to gain acceptance despite the work of a great many researchers and a great many publications, along with nineteenannual biosemiotics gatherings.

 

CONFERENCE REVIEW: “ECOLOGICAL/EARTH-BASED ARTS THERAPIES: INTERNATIONAL AND MULTI-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
2020-07-21 20:14:50CONFERENCE REVIEW: “ECOLOGICAL/EARTH-BASED ARTS THERAPIES: INTERNATIONAL AND MULTI-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

On the eighth and ninth of August, 2020, the conference "Environmental art therapy: international and multicultural perspectives" was held online, reflecting the increasing importance of environmental issues for the creative/expressive arts therapies and their growing connections to the ecological movement, ecotherapy, ecopsychology, ecological education, and environmental art.

GATHER YE ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY: A POETIC PUPPETRY EXPERIMENT FOR CONCRETE CABARET’S COLLABORATION
2020-08-24 18:20:00GATHER YE ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY: A POETIC PUPPETRY EXPERIMENT FOR CONCRETE CABARET’S COLLABORATION
In Toronto in June 2020, an online puppet cabaret composed of short pieces all arising out of collaborative improvisations took place. The piece that most caught attention, was “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May,” and seemed to strike a chord corresponding to the strange situation we are in, using the advanced technology of Zoom to put together a life that longs for direct contact with the earth. 
Recent videos
ALEXANDRA KIRILLOVA - VOICE WORK AS A WAY OF ESTABLISHING CONNECTION WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
2020-05-04 14:37:35ALEXANDRA KIRILLOVA - VOICE WORK AS A WAY OF ESTABLISHING CONNECTION WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Alexandra Kirillova, singer, psychologist and vocal practitioner, talks about how singing and voice work are based on synchronizing a person’s state and inner nature with the environment, establishing a deep healing connection with the natural world and a specific landscape.
VLADISLAV GRISHIN: THE ROLE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM IN SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES.
2020-04-22 22:28:55VLADISLAV GRISHIN: THE ROLE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM IN SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES.

Vladislav Grishin, director and screenwriter of the documentary film “Bears of Kamchatka,” shares his impressions of working on the film and the film’s ability to convey the direct experience of interacting with the natural environment and its inhabitants, which may support the spectator’s yearning to be closer to nature.

LEONID TISHKOV: ART AS AN ECOLOGICAL ACTION
2020-02-09 13:54:32LEONID TISHKOV: ART AS AN ECOLOGICAL ACTION

The artist Leonid Tishkov talks about his participation in a number of projects that help to draw attention to environmental problems and emphasizes the role of art in promoting environmental values.

VADIM RYABIKOV ON PSI-GEOGRAPHICAL MUSIC
2020-02-09 13:52:36VADIM RYABIKOV ON PSI-GEOGRAPHICAL MUSIC
Psychologist, musician, composer Vadim Ryabikov speaks about psi-geographical music as a special way of human interaction with natural landscapes, turning the experience of the landscape into aesthetic images that can change our attitude to the environment and have a healing effect.
PAVEL ANDREYEV ABOUT MUSIC AND ECOLOGY
2020-02-09 13:44:27PAVEL ANDREYEV ABOUT MUSIC AND ECOLOGY
Composer, pianist Pavel Andreyev talks about his projects “Grand piano on the loose” and “Grand piano in the trash”, about his attitude to nature and environmental problems, and how music can influence people’s hearts and minds, changing their attitude to the environment
Featured artists

Diana Sudyka, a Chicago based illustrator, working as a volunteer in the Bird Lab at the Chicago Field Museum, gave an interview to the Ecopoiesis Journal talking about her art and its relationship with nature, and various folk-art traditions, as well as her respect and connection to all forms of life, and how it is important to teach children to appreciate nature. She regards her connecting to the natural world to be critical for her mental well-being, and providing almost all of the inspiration for her personal and commercial work. She is seeking to create something that has both elements of the spiritual and pagan, but also with elements of the specificness of science.

Teagan White, an artist from Oregon, working as a volunteer in various environmental projects, gave an interview to the Ecopoiesis Journal, talking about her art and its relationship with nature and environmental issues. She shares her experience of co-creation with nature, her perception of death as a part of a holistic cycle of life and transformations of different life forms, and the role of art and creative self-expression for changing people's attitude to nature.

In her essay, American artist and art therapist Madeline Rugh shares her understanding of the relationship between art and animism, understood as endowing the natural world with life and a spiritual essence. Artistic creation and the work of the imagination not only reflect or imitate the world of nature, but also represent a meeting place for communication with it.
An artist, art therapist and a member of Findhorn Foundation Community, Scotland, Beverley A’Court, gave an interview to Ecopoiesis Journal about her holistic, Earth-based approach to making art and practicing art therapy. She talks about the connection between art, therapy and ecology, the role of the body as ‘an environmental phenomenon’ and her use of nature and natural materials and objects in the art making process and in therapy.
About the journal

“Ecopoiesis: Eco-Human Theory and Practice” is the first international multidisciplinary Journal focused on building an eco-human paradigm, disseminating eco-human knowledge and technology based on the alliance of ecology, humanities and the arts. Our journal aims to be a vibrant forum of theories and practices aimed at harmonizing the relations of mankind and the natural world in the interests of sustainable development, the creation of Eco-Humanity as a new community of human beings and more-than-human world. The human being is an ecological being, not separate from the world. The Ecopoiesis journal is based on that premise and aims to develop a body of theory and practice within that framework.

The Journal promotes dialogue and cooperation between ecologists, philosophers, doctors, educators, psychologists, artists, musicians, designers, social activists, business representatives in the name of eco-human values, human health and well-being, in close connection with concern for the environment. The Journal supports the development and implementation of new environmentally-friendly concepts, technologies and practices in the various fields of health and public life, education and social work.

One of the priority tasks of the Journal is to demonstrate and support the significant role of the arts in their alliance with ecology and the humanities for the restoration and development of constructive relations with nature, raising environmental awareness and promoting nature-friendly lifestyles.

The Journal publishes articles describing new eco-human concepts and practices, technologies and applied research data at the intersection of humanities, ecology and the arts, as well as interviews and conference reports related to the emerging eco-human field. It encourages artwork, music and other creative products related to eco-human practices and the new global community of Eco-Humanity.