‘We have an obligation to care for nature,’ says wildlife filmmaker – Home | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Wildlife filmmaker John Aitchison has made his living watching predators stalk their prey. He joins The Current to talk about the beauty, brutality and inevitability of nature and shares what he’s learned watching for the perfect shot.

Source: ‘We have an obligation to care for nature,’ says wildlife filmmaker – Home | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, Evans

As major oil companies face continual public backlash, many have found it helpful to engage in “art washing”—donating large sums to cultural institutions to shore up their good name. But what effect does this influx of oil money have on these institutions? Artwash explores the relationship between funding and the production of the arts, with particular focus on the role of big oil companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.             Reflecting on the role and function of art galleries, Artwash considers how the association with oil money might impede these institutions in their cultural endeavors. Outside the gallery space, Mel Evans examines how corporate sponsorship of the arts can obscure the strategies of corporate executives to maintain brand identity and promote their public image through cultural philanthropy. Ultimately, Evans sounds a note of hope, presenting ways artists themselves have challenged the ethics of contemporary art galleries and examining how cultural institutions might change.

Source: Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, Evans

After Nature — Jedediah Purdy | Harvard University Press

Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. The world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists call this epoch the Anthropocene, Age of Humans. The facts of the Anthropocene are scientific — emissions, pollens, extinctions — but its shape and meaning are questions for politics. Jedediah Purdy develops a politics for this post-natural world.

Source: After Nature — Jedediah Purdy | Harvard University Press