Lecture/Dialogue – 2013 April 6,
Tim Collins with Emily Brady
Creative Scotland: Imagining Natural Scotland Workshop, Dumfries Scotland
Proposed as a discussion about Arts, Culture and Environment in Scotland. Collins and Brady concur that the the arts and humanities are uniquely situated to explore future imaginaries and potential virtues where nature is concerned. It is important that this work is informed by science, but also that it acts through critical aesthetic and ethical relationships to practical decision making and consideration of long term policies. As an environmental aesthetic philosopher Brady spoke about the way that artistic and cultural response shapes perception, value and human response to the natural and ‘real’ nature considering what the imaginary offers to the environmental discourse which is largely defined by historic and scientific inquiry. As an environmental artist Collins spoke about the challenges and opportunities when artists are in an interdisciplinary relationship to environmental science and communities as they process planning and history; providing examples of contributions artists have made to environmental futures and virtues.
The talks were documented on video
Emily Brady is Reader in Aesthetics in the Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment and an Academic Associate in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow and taught previously at Lancaster University and Brooklyn College-CUNY.
Here Emily talks about why arts and humanities informed by science are uniquely situated to explore future imaginaries and potential virtues where nature is concerned.
Tim is an artist working in the public/environmental art tradition interested in the changing ideas about all aspects of environment, nature and society; he principally works with his partner and colleague Reiko Goto Collins. They work within an art tradition to explore questions of aesthetics, planning, democratic discourse, freedom and empathy in relationship to people, places and things.