Fine line book interview. Radio NZ.

December 23, 2021

Kathryn Ryan interviewed Philippa and I about our book Fine Line on Radio NZ

You can listen to it here on NineTo Noon. 

Alasdair Foster chooses Fine Line as his best book of the year

December 15, 2021

Lens Culture, one of the most significant Art Photography platforms, has listed our Fine Line book among the best Photo books of the year Selected by Alasdair Foster of Talking Pictures.

FINE LINE – ONLINE

December 2, 2021

FINE LINE is now available in book shops in New Zealand and internationally online at Fishpond and MightyApe

Reviews of Fine Line are praising the book  as a remarkable creative achievement: “This is an amazing book about an amazing project. Beautifully produced by Batemans it’s visually riveting with some superb photography and a great absorbing thought-provoking read.” Tony Orman, CORANZ

A defining moment

November 17, 2021

On Monday night our book Fine Line was launched at a well attended function at Edgewater,  Lake Wanaka. Our long time friend Gus Roxburgh did a great job as MC and climate scientist Tim Naish spoke of the timeliness and power of Fine Line.

We had timed the launch of the Fine Line book to coincide with the termination of COP26 when we hoped to celebrate the defining moment in history when world leaders finally acted to prevent climate breakdown with an agreement to hold  global heating below 1.5 degrees.

Tragically once again governments failed to act decisively enough and the goal of COP26 was not achieved. The fine line we are treading just became even more fine.

But it was a defining moment for Philippa and I after 25 years working on Fine Line around the world – celebrating with so many friends and supporters.

Some asked what will we do next?  Our answer – keep creating art about solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above photograph: Christine White

Below Photographs: Tim Hawkins

The art of the sustainable

November 13, 2021
Alasdair Foster interviews photographers around the world on his website Talking
Pictures. His in-depth interview with Philippa and I currently heads up his website.
Of all that has been written about us it is the most most accurate description of our
work, its philosophy and ecological approach.
Click below

~ TALKING PICTURES ~

Burning Issues. Albert Burn Saddle. 2012

Long awaited book launch

October 18, 2021

We never thought it would take so long, but we have finally completed our global project and on 15th November we launch the book Fine Line. 

Watch a 90 second video preview of the book:

 

 

 

 

Fine Line is an environmental art/science project that draws a line around earth connecting 12 ephemeral sculptures we made in wild mountain regions around the world beginning and ending  in New Zealand. The work is our artistic evocation of the inter-connectedness and circularity of the web of life, promoting design solutions to climate, ecological and social collapse by learning from living systems.

Sir Jonathon Porritt, founder Forum for the Future said Fine Line is one of the most eloquent projects he has ever been involved in.

The book is structured around the 12 sculptures and shows where and how they were made over 25 years. It includes descriptions of the journeys and climbs to make and photograph them. Featuring over 200 photographs and essays by specialists in Systems Theory, climate science, fine art photography and regenerative design, Fine Line elaborates on our underlying ecological philosophy.

Nature and Us – a BBC2 TV series

September 30, 2021

We were recently filmed by BBC2 for inclusion in a three part TV series titled Nature and Us , A History through Art, presented by the eminent art historian James Fox.

We chose to make an ephemeral sculpture on Albert Burn Saddle near Mt Aspiring which we knew would provide an awe-inspiring visual landscape. Fresh winter snow meant the conditions were perfect to execute an idea about the conflict between linear and circular industrial systems.

 

Titled End of the Line? the sculpture is a snow circle with an improbable horizontal line breaking it in two. There appears to be nothing holding the upper semicircle from collapse, but this illusion is achieved with rocks embedded in the sculpture.

 The circle of life is now so undermined by linear extractive industrial systems, that we are seeing signs of its collapse around the world. Unless we end the use of these polluting processes and move to a circular regenerative economy, climate and ecological collapse is inevitable.

The BBC 2 TV series Nature and Us is due to air October 11th and includes interviews with international artists, philosophers and scientists asking the question “Are we part of or apart from nature?”

 

Tipping points

June 13, 2021

At this moment in time the world seems to be reaching tipping points within natural systems, climate, and societies. As the world becomes more dangerous and unliveable for many, G7 leaders are meeting in UK to plan actions that could tip the world towards a safer sustainable future, or hold us on the old path leading toward climate and social disaster.

Philippa and I feel that our work has only become more relevant and it is our hope that more people will recognise the need to transform our lives, our politics and our economies to align with nature before we cross irreversible tipping points.

Currently Famae is launching their 1million Euro prize international sustainable innovations challenge in Paris featuring one of our sculptures. Kanuka Sphere was chosen because it referred to the web of connectivity that makes up the biosphere.

 

Life force

July 4, 2020

For the past few months I have found it difficult to post anything here because I have been processing the tragic events in the world, as has everyone.

The death and devastation caused by the Covid 19 pandemic combined with many governments poor response leaves me feeling that the chances of these governments acting as they pledged to eliminate carbon emissions to bring global warming below 1.5 degrees are very slim.

We are lucky that the New Zealand government acted swiftly and decisively supported by our population of 5 million people to eliminate the pandemic within our island borders.

Now there has never been a better time to redesign the worlds economy in favour of the health and wellbeing of people and the planet rather than GDP and the economic wealth of a few shareholders in corporations.

This calls for a systemic ecological approach to redesigning the economy and civilisation before it unravels completely as we have been warned by 15000 of the worlds top scientists.

There are many movements collaborating to articulate this new story of an ecological civilisation. From the Circular Economy, Doughnut Economics, Drawdown, Institute for Ecological Civilisation, Forum for the future to Extinction Rebellion.

I support these movements by making ephemeral art that I hope encapsulates the ecological values we need to adopt for the survival and flourishing of life on earth.

Life force. Ice sculpture, Wanaka 2020 Martin Hill

 

European Union: ‘Our house is on fire’

December 4, 2019

 

Burning Issues. Land art installation by Martin Hill 2013

The European parliament has declared a climate and ecological emergency. So what urgent actions should governments take?

These are some of the measures that WWF recommends governments can take to legislate to protect the biosphere:

END SUPPORT FOR FOSSIL FUELS
This means phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and using this money to expand renewable sources of energy.
OVERHAUL OF GOVERNMENT FINANCES
Putting climate action at the top of government spending priority list, alongside health, education and security.
STOP POLLUTION FROM OUR HOMES
Legislation that requires all new homes to be zero-carbon and delivering efficiency measures for other homes. This would save money, stop the wasting of energy and reduce emissions.
END PETROL AND DIESEL VEHICLE SALES
Pushing forward our commitment to end sales of diesel and petrol vehicles to 2030 will tackle climate emissions and air pollution.
RESTORE NATURE AND REMOVE CARBON
Restoring nature addresses the natural removal of carbon from our atmosphere. We need to plant trees, restore peatlands, expand wetlands and farm efficiently.