3. James Marriott.
Lynne Hull, Susan Derges and James Marriott will all be leading the Schumacher course ‘Creating Nature: Art in the Landscape’ that I mentioned in my post of 16th Jan. What a mind-blowing combination of teachers!
James Marriott is an artist, writer, naturalist and activist – and co-founder of Platform, the London-based group devoted to social and environmental justice, through a mix of socially-engaged art and activism.
Platform take the view that it is not enough to be an artist: one must be actively involved in the struggle for alternative futures. I can do little more than suggest you spend some time with their website: www.platformlondon.org to catch a flavour of their projects .
In their early days over 20 years ago, they used street performance in order to provoke debate – later, they focused on London itself. In their highly successful ‘Still Waters’ project, they proposed that London’s buried rivers feeding into the Thames should be recovered and used, and in a subsequent project ‘Delta’, they installed London’s first micro-hydro turbine on the River Wardle.
More recently they have been turning the spotlight upon the mighty trans-national companies, particularly the petro-chemical industry, as having one of the powerful impacts upon environment and people.
Unafraid of standing up and speaking out, Platform’s current projects include the ongoing live memorial ‘Remember Saro-Wiwa’; an operatic sound walk across the City of London (downloadable); a series of performances about BP and climate change, and numerous publications, including the book ‘The Next Gulf: London, Washington and the oil conflict in Nigeria’.
James Marriott’s course at Schumacher will focus creatively upon our relationship with the internal combustion engine and with the plants and wildlife all around us.