Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Grief. Despair. Are these feelings familiar to you? Do you suffer from existential dread in the face of the impending climate crisis? The damage from environmental collapse is not just apparent across landscapes and ecosystems, it’s also eroding our mental health on a mass scale. We’re here to help.
A+E is a multidisciplinary clinic that provides therapy for the environmentally distressed. We’re here to acknowledge and support you wherever you are on the scale of trauma, whether it be denial, despair, hope or apathy.
We are A+E, a new environmental collective of Glasgow School of Art graduates, Finn Arschavir (BA Communication Design), Marie Leguedoise (MDes Communication Design), Ane Lopez (MDes Communication Design) and Jessica Piette (MLitt Curatorial Practice). We formed out of the shared experience of unease in the face of impending environmental disaster. Unable to cope with the imminent horror of climate change alone, we came together. As a collective our practice consists of curating cultural events, talks and exhibitions that question anthropocentric rationale. We believe that art can be a tool for communication and force for positive change.
There are currently not many options for people who are experiencing symptoms of eco-anxiety - and we think it’s important to create a space where people can work through their feelings alongside others. This project is the first in what we hope will evolve into a lasting conversation that responds to the urgency of the environmental crisis, forming a growing network of collaborators and voices committed to ecology through creative projects.
But There Is No Land Near the End is a publication containing works by over twenty internationally based contemporary artists, poets and writers whose practices engage with the urgent questions surrounding ecology. The works included respond to topics such as environmental collapse and collective denial amongst others, questioning the varying levels of disconnection that currently define our ways of relating to the non-human and the biosphere. This project is part of an ongoing initiative to expose the public to new ecocentric ways of thought, and will showcase some of the cutting edge international environmental writing and visual art.
The publication will be printed as a tabloid newspaper (29.8cmx30cm) on 52gsm recycled paper, using the traditional printing technique of newspapers. The printing will be done via a local printing company (Newspaper Club). Newspapers have been mass media objects for over a century, we're using the format to tell an alternative perspective on a narrative that is normally beyond comprehension.
The layout steers clear from conventional magazine and book layouts while still ensuring a certain level of intelligibility. The design process is being used to disrupt the process of looking. We want the viewer to be visually and thematically intrigued by unexpected associations between works promoting new ways of seeing and being. In this way, the editorial design reflects our attitudes and practices as a collective.
With many thanks to the contributing artists: Anne Mie Bak Andersen / Guy Butters / Chris Boyko / Richard Carter / Robin Dowell / Harriet Fawcett / Ruth Elvira Gilmour / Oriana Haddad / Zoe Hamill / Duncan Herd / Michael Kelly / Mari Keski-Korsu / Rita Leduc / Bärbel Praun / Arun Sood / Sissel Thastum / Bastian Thuesen / Anna Wachsmuth / Ava Williams / Wendy Wischer / Kathryn Wood.
By pledging money to this project, you will not only be enabling us to print the publication sustainably and to a high quality, but you will also be supporting an exciting new voice in environmentalism. We need your help in order to expand and grow as a collective: we plan to curate events and projects that will offer a space for people to explore their feelings about climate change in a positive way. We plan to open up a dialogue across the country. The publication will also be distributed to internationally based independent bookshops and libraries.
Risks and challenges
As a collective of predominantly designers, we are trained to make a high quality level publication. We have researched environmental collectives from diverse backgrounds and localities, to understand the dialogues that are currently being explored. We have been working very hard towards building a network of potential collaborators, partners and funding bodies, regularly attending cultural events held in Glasgow and Sheffield.
We are aware there is still a long way to go, in terms of convincing artists and curators that environmentalism is a worthy cause and a necessary topic to explore through pedagogical practices such as exhibition programmes, workshops and talks. There is still much work to be done in terms of bringing ecology to the forefront of conversations in and about art.
Our main risk is our lack of funding, which would stop us from printing the publication and growing as a collective. Although we are constantly researching sustainable design methods, we face the challenges of ensuring our actions as a collective have as minimum impact on the planet as possible, while trying to reach a wider audience, including those who don't believe in the existence of a climate breakdown.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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