GREENHOUSE BRITAIN: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom

We believe that the cultural landscape is largely formed by the dominant cultures of a place. It is formed by a sometimes conflicted, sometimes consensual discourse or narrative from an array of stories, observations and intentions, first spoken by people of these dominant cultures and thereafter enacted on the ground. To our view, such a story has certain fluidity about it, and may change directions for any number of reasons. This work, Greenhouse Britain, is designed literally to express what the rising of waters would mean to the landscape of the island. It takes the 3 positions: of defense, withdrawal and then defense, and withdrawal to the high grounds.

There is another piece of this picture that we wish to give voice to. That is, up until this present rising of the world oceans, the creators of Western civilization have held and enacted the belief that all limitations in the physical world, particularly in the ecological world, are there to be used and overcome. We think that the rising ocean is an opportunity for transformation, but it is exactly the reverse of a new frontier to overcome from civilization’s perspective. Now, from the ocean’s perspective, its boundary is perhaps a continuing, evolving transforming new frontier. Therefore, assuming a rapid rise of waters, even for a modest 5 meters in 100 years, there are apparently no models of precedence, no information, design, nor planning on the table, with the exception of ocean defenses and typical development models, albeit more energy efficient ones. It is the intention of this exhibition to begin generating the thinking, the design, perhaps the new belief structure, perhaps even indicating new economic structures that may be required for the democratic dispersal of support for an upward-moving population within the context of a gradually shrinking landmass.

The research and production of Greenhouse Britain has been funded by the UK Government Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs' Climate Change Challenge Fund: Tomorrow's Climate – Today's Challenge.

Exhibition Tour:

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Devon
17 Nov – 23 Dec 2007

London Wildlife Trust
9 and 10 November 2007 annual conference

Darwin Festival, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
1 - 27 Febr 2008

Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University
14 Feb -14 Mar 2008

Knowle West Media CentreKnowle West Media Centre, Bristol
7 Mar – 4 Apr 2008

Storey GalleryStorey Gallery, Lancaster
Spring 2008 to be confirmed


Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in association with the University of Plymouth
Lecture & panel discussion, 26 Nov 2007.

Gunpowder Park, Essex
Presentation of proposals, 30 Nov 2007

Darwin Festival and Shrewsbury Museums
Seminar, 26 Feb 2008
GREENHOUSE BRITAIN: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom

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