Eco-Human Theory and Practice
ISSN 2713 – 184x
Ecophilosophy
Ecopsychology
Ecotherapy
Eco Art Therapy
Ecological Education
The "Green" Arts
Eco-aesthetics
Volume 2 (2021) Issue 1
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EDITORIAL: THE RELEVANCE OF ECOPOIESIS AND A POIETIC ECOLOGY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS AND ARTS THERAPY
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This issue of the Ecopoiesis journal focuses on the work of the nature-assisted arts therapies, based on ecopoiesis and a poietic ecology. In the era of the Anthropocene, we believe that the ecological arts therapies can implement a life-affirming creative initiative for sustainable development, one which allows humans to maintain health and well-being and to live in good relationship with their earthly home and the global web of life, appreciating its gifts and maintaining its beauty as an essential quality for all beings.

ECOLOGICAL/NATURE-ASSISTED ARTS THERAPIES
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The key presumptions and theoretical foundation of ecological, or nature-assisted creative arts therapies are considered from the perspective of the eco-human multi-disciplinary approach as defining the human being in a relation to the environment, and seeking to reveal one’s own subjectivity and to shape the world in order to fill one’s needs and take care of environmental well-being. Such key concepts of ecological arts therapies as an environmental perspective on health and illness, eco-identity formation, nature as the third part in the therapeutic relations, environmental and ecopsychology perception of the therapeutic setting, the role of the arts in providing meaningful human connection to nature are explained. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY – PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ACTION
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In this review, Gary Nash shares his thoughts on creative artistic and social initiatives of art therapists, who have increasingly become more environmentally active over the past decade at the national and international levels. He is announcing an environmental art exhibition planned for 2022 in London, which will be the creative response of art therapists to the pandemic, the global environmental situation and our changing relationship with the Earth.

CORRESPONDING WITH JEJU SCORIA: EXPLORING THE (RE)GENERATIVE QUALITIES OF STONE
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The author was one of 13 artists invited to participate as an artist in residence programme organised by City Art Community and funded by the Jeju Culture and Art Foundation. The project was to be held on Jeju Island, South Korea, in August 2020, and the aim was for participants to research and respond creatively to Jeju scoria, a volcanic stone particular to this island. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the residency was cancelled. Instead, participants were sent a small quantity of scoria to work with in their respective countries. In this paper, the author reflects on the challenges of conducting an artist residency remotely, arguing that while this mode of working poses challenges, particularly in terms of access to authentic contexts and stimulation, it also provides an opportunity to explore new models of interaction. 

REVISIONING ART AND NATURE: TOWARD A DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATION
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This essay was written in response to Alexander’s Kopytin’s questions inviting Shaun McNiff to expand upon his presentation at the Ecological/Earth-Based Arts Therapies Conference in August of 2020 where he discussed the need for a depth psychology of art and nature. Based on an all-inclusive idea of nature and with reference to the ideas of James Hillman and Thomas Berry, the author presents his understanding of art as a force of nature. He illustrates his statements with his own art.

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The interview begins with the author summarizing his new book, Dump Philosophy, in which he gives a phenomenological description of the devastated world we live in today. Hierarchy has been replaced by a levelling process in which the boundaries and distinctions between different regions of being no longer obtain. As he says, “All the world’s a dump.” There is no position outside of the dump that is uncontaminated. In response to the interviewer’s objections, he goes on to say that neither art nor philosophy constitute exceptions to this process. Rather, what we must do is be faithful to the experience of the dump itself and not look for exceptions elsewhere. Even the very air we breathe has become part of the dump in which we exist. We must engage in “…learning to be in the middle…even in and especially if one is in the middle of a dump.”

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Despite many reasons for pessimism, the author of the article defends Tuchin’s claim, arguing the threat of global ecological destruction provides the incentive to further develop our capacity for cooperation, not only through international relations, but through the way we organize societies and its institutions and the built-up environments we create. To coordinate the quest for a peaceful, ecologically sustainable world order, or ‘ecological civilization’, we need to articulate a new dialogic grand narrative based on ecological rather than mechanistic thinking to inspire people to work towards this end. We need to acknowledge the absolutely central place in life to ecopoiesis, the making of households or homes, recognizing the contribution to architecture and town planning of the work of Christopher Alexander.

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This paper presents the substantiation and results of the use of ecological art therapy in the rehabilitation of those who use psychoactive substances. The techniques of ecological art therapy are illustrated with examples from practical work in a day hospital and an outpatient culture and health club. The effects achieved in the process of creating art objects and installations from natural materials and photographing the environment testify to the versatile impact of this type of therapeutic work on the personality and mental state of individuals in rehabilitation.

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The author was one of 13 artists invited to participate as an artist in residence programme organised by City Art Community and funded by the Jeju Culture and Art Foundation. The project was to be held on Jeju Island, South Korea, in August 2020, and the aim was for participants to research and respond creatively to Jeju scoria, a volcanic stone particular to this island. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the residency was cancelled. Instead, participants were sent a small quantity of scoria to work with in their respective countries. In this paper, the author reflects on the challenges of conducting an artist residency remotely, arguing that while this mode of working poses challenges, particularly in terms of access to authentic contexts and stimulation, it also provides an opportunity to explore new models of interaction. 
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The key presumptions and theoretical foundation of ecological, or nature-assisted creative arts therapies are considered from the perspective of the eco-human multi-disciplinary approach as defining the human being in a relation to the environment, and seeking to reveal one’s own subjectivity and to shape the world in order to fill one’s needs and take care of environmental well-being. Such key concepts of ecological arts therapies as an environmental perspective on health and illness, eco-identity formation, nature as the third part in the therapeutic relations, environmental and ecopsychology perception of the therapeutic setting, the role of the arts in providing meaningful human connection to nature are explained. 

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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.

EYES AS BIG AS PLATES:  A SEARCH FOR MODERN HUMANANITY BELONGING TO NATURE
2021-02-02 09:26:34EYES AS BIG AS PLATES: A SEARCH FOR MODERN HUMANANITY BELONGING TO NATURE

Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern humanity belonging to nature. Since 2011 the artist duo has portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, South Korea, Czech Republic, Japan, Senegal, Outer Hebrides, Tasmania and Greenland. Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists.

MUSIC AT TIMES OF THE ECO-HUMAN CRISIS: CARRIE HERBERT AND ‘THE ALCHEMY OF THERAPEUTIC SONGWRITING‘
2021-02-08 15:11:15MUSIC AT TIMES OF THE ECO-HUMAN CRISIS: CARRIE HERBERT AND ‘THE ALCHEMY OF THERAPEUTIC SONGWRITING‘

At times of crisis, environmental and human challenges and transitions, music is a powerful force that can connect people across borders, touch people’s hearts and build empathy, trust and understanding. Music has an incredible therapeutic power to heal through expression of deep feelings and experiences in the current times of the eco-human crisis. Music is a universal language interwoven in all cultures. It is from this universal heart of music that ‘The Alchemy of Therapeutic Songwriting’ project, initiated by Carrie Herbert, musician and songwriter, was born.

ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY – PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ACTION
2021-05-07 17:34:09ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY – PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ACTION

In this review, Gary Nash shares his thoughts on creative artistic and social initiatives of art therapists, who have increasingly become more environmentally active over the past decade at the national and international levels. He is announcing an environmental art exhibition planned for 2022 in London, which will be the creative response of art therapists to the pandemic, the global environmental situation and our changing relationship with the Earth.

TOUCHING NATURE: TOUCHED BY NATURE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY EXHIBITION REVIEW BY STELLA PHIPPS
2021-05-07 17:59:03TOUCHING NATURE: TOUCHED BY NATURE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY EXHIBITION REVIEW BY STELLA PHIPPS
Stella Phipps shares her perception of TOUCHING NATURE: TOUCHED BY NATURE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS THERAPY EXHIBITION she attended in north London on last November. The exhibition aimed to raise awareness about environmental arts therapy and the many benefits it can offer artists, expressive/creative arts therapists, and the communities in which we live.
Recent videos
NEWTON HARRISON. SENSORIUM: THE THINKING
2021-08-07 20:48:01NEWTON HARRISON. SENSORIUM: THE THINKING

Sensorium is both a work of art and of science that sets out to synthesize the survival problems that the world ocean faces in our emerging heat shocked future. The work is designed by Newton Harrison, and emerges from the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, located at the University of California Santa Cruz. Personally, Sensorium is his most recent effort in addressing the ongoing degeneration of our world ocean’s life web. Sensorium is presented as a work of art and an interface for our human interaction and dialogue with our world ocean’s life web. In this video he is proposing a form of expression that references the whole systems knowing that our ancestors practiced as their everyday survival motif and that has now faded to a whisper in everyday western life.

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.
Featured artists

An artist from St.Petersburg, Alexandra Dvornikova, gave an interview to our journal, talking about her work and its connection with nature, about the artist's role in promoting environmental values and ecological culture, developing an environmental awareness, about communicating with the natural world as a source of inspiration, beauty and healing.

At times of crisis, environmental and human challenges and transitions, music is a powerful force that can connect people across borders, touch people’s hearts and build empathy, trust and understanding. Music has an incredible therapeutic power to heal through expression of deep feelings and experiences in the current times of the eco-human crisis. Music is a universal language interwoven in all cultures. It is from this universal heart of music that ‘The Alchemy of Therapeutic Songwriting’ project, initiated by Carrie Herbert, musician and songwriter, was born.

This essay was written in response to Alexander’s Kopytin’s questions inviting Shaun McNiff to expand upon his presentation at the Ecological/Earth-Based Arts Therapies Conference in August of 2020 where he discussed the need for a depth psychology of art and nature. Based on an all-inclusive idea of nature and with reference to the ideas of James Hillman and Thomas Berry, the author presents his understanding of art as a force of nature. He illustrates his statements with his own art.

In this excerpt from their book, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens explore the realms of ecosexuality as they became lovers with the Earth and made their mutual pleasure an embodied expression of passion for the environment. Since 2008, they have been not just pushing but obliterating the boundaries circumscribing biology and ecology, creating ecosexual art in their performance of an environmentalism that is feminist, queer, sensual, sexual, posthuman, materialist, exuberant, and steeped in humor. 

Reginaldo Bockhorni, an Ikebana professor at Ikenobo School, shares his personal and professional experiences with Ikebana. He explains how the art and medical science get crossed and benefit each other through his creative endeavors, how Ikebana transformed his emotional world and influenced his identity and his stance in the world.
In this interview, one of the pioneers and leaders of the eco-art movement, Newton Harrison, tells about the history of the emergence of this trend in contemporary art and its tasks at the present stage of its development, about how art can influence public opinion and the position of authorities and business regarding environmental issues.
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.