Born in Japan, Reiko Goto Collins is an environmental artist and researcher. Her creative practice is concerned with empathic relationships with living things. Reiko is currently focused on the development of new work dealing with empathic relationships, sentience and collaboration with a horse, a philosopher and an animal behaviour scientist. She has been a participant in the Council for Uncertain Human Futures, a group of women working through the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Tim Collins was born in Rhode Island. He is an artist, author and planner and an honorary research fellow, at the University of Aberdeen. He works across art, science and philosophy to develop projects related to nature, culture and public space. He is currently collaborating with a social scientist at Forest Research, Scotland.
The artists met at the San Francisco Art Institute. They have been working together since 1990. Tim and Reiko are principals in the Collins and Goto Studio in Glasgow. They were research fellows in the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 through 2006 working on post industrial landscape and public space. They have been developing work on Scottish ancient forests for five years. They are currently developing the Centre for Nature in Cities (CNC). This builds on previous work on post industrial ecologies and current work on cultural ecologies. They are developing new research around the relationship between biodiversity, aesthetics and spirituality.