Welcome to the site for artists attending the Geumgang Biennale Art Nature 2016. Currently this site is being used by invitation only to post your thoughts and comments about being at the Biennale. Although the site is publicly accessible, this address has not yet been advertised in any way, so your posts will be mostly seen only by other invited participants.

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For more information about this site contact Richard Povall   There is also an official Biennale site in Korean and English

Wish I was there…

This year has been one of turning corners and making breakthroughs for me as an artist, and being included in the Special Video Exhibition section of Breathing Art in the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale has been no exception. Making art – especially moving image work...

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Last day

It’s 4.30am as I write this – lunchtime in Gongju. There is rain headed our way, and it’s been cooler overnight than it’s been for more than a week. I suspect today will have the promise of autumn in the air; not the crisp, bright autumn, but the wet, glowering autumn...

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Nearly there…

Martyn says: 'It is all go go go with many artists finishing up and the last few having a panic' I'm quite sure this is true, and one of the frustrations of looking on at this process from afar is not really experiencing that sense of urgency and building excitement...

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3 interviews

It's 7.20am here in an overcast UK and already I feel like much has been achieved. I have just spent a very rich couple of hours speaking with three of the Biennale Artists: François Davin (France), Olga Ziemska (USA/Poland), and Ahmad Nadalian (Iran). Our...

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Two quotes from the Seminar

뭘 만들어야 한다는 생각 때문에 종이도 가져가고, 물감도 가져 가고, 톱도 가져가고, …그런데 결과적으로 볼 때 그런 것들이 소용이 없었어요. … 오히려 그런 것 들은 생각하지 않고 자연의 환경 속에서 내가 같이 묻어서, 모래도 이용하고, 풀도 이용하고, 드러 누워보기도 하고, 만져 보기도 하고 … 이런 것들이 오히려 더 자연스럽더라구요. (고승현, 2011, 발표자와의 인터뷰) thinking that I had to make something, I carried...

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Nature Art Seminar (papers)

Nature Art Seminar at Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 20 August 2016 Session 1 (10:30-12:00)Dr Richard PovallWhat is Ecological Art? Paper (pdf)   Cho Jae-weon"Science Walden" project through the artists and scientists in collaboration betweenCollaboration between...

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Updating on the Seminar

I have just signed off from my presentation at Geumgang. Skype is an imperfect technology, however amazing it is that I can be giving a presentation and asking questions live across the other side of the world. It was often quite hard to hear. That said, there were...

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Seminar beginning shortly

I'm just about to join the day-long Seminar which is a feature of the Biennale encampments. It's 1.40am here in the UK - certainly the first time I've addressed a large group of people most of whom I have not yet met at that time of day! I believe the temperature has...

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Posting via Twitter and Instagram

If you want to add a post via Twitter, just include @ArtNature2016 in a tweet and it will appear in the feed at the bottom of this page. This is open to anyone. We're also working on bringing up the instagram feeds of artists involved in the Biennale. Watch this...

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Posting by email

It's possible to post simply by send an email to geumgang-blog@ccanw.org.uk This will only work if you have been invited to participate and you are sending from your own email address. It can take up to 10 minutes for your email to appear as a...

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In Other Tongues

June 7, 2017, 4:00pm - June 9, 2017, 4:00pm

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day. The things which I have seen I now can see no more. — Wordsworth (1804) art.earth has a deserved reputation for curating special conference gatherings and other knowledge-sharing events. Our event this June, ‘In Other Tongues’ is no exception with its two distinct parts: an international gathering featuring artists, writers and thinkers from across the UK and well beyond and a five-day residential short course led by poet Alyson Hallett and writer-illustrator Mat Osmond, with special guest Alice Oswald. Join us at the beautiful Dartington Hall this June for a transformative three days of international thought and action. Stay on for the in-depth experience of the residential short course. ‘The mix of presenters and participants…resulted in very lively and friendly encounters, new faces, and idea, with plenty of space for conversations…This is down to what felt like a light touch programme, mixing plenaries with smaller groups, providing choice, and being able to find the space in between for a bit of personal reflection.’ (Delegate at ‘Feeding the Insatiable, November 2016) The conference, from June 7-9, is held in the beautiful medieval courtyard at Dartington, one of the UK’s more interesting centres for thought and creation. Keynote events at the conference include a talk by Prof. Wendy Wheeler who will introduce us to the ideas in her recently-published ‘Expecting the Earth: Life/Culture/Biosemiotics’ (Lawrence & Wishart). This opening keynote exposes many of the themes of the conference: that animals, plants, fungi, bacteria - the stuff of life - are far from being mere living machines, but are semiotic, interpretative systems. ‘It turns out not to be so strange that humans have made art and song, because the nonhuman living systems from which humans have evolved are organised via structuring principles that are much more like art, music and poetry’ she tells us. Prof. Wheeler will introduce this new world of biological, cultural, human and more-than-human living meanings that biosemiotics uncovers and explores - Wordsworth’s ‘mighty sum of things for ever speaking’. She adds ‘realising that all living nature (and not just humans) uses signs and makes meanings, and that many biologists had recognised this, was one of the most exciting discoveries of my life.’ The other keynote speaker is poet Alyson Hallett who will explore the relationship between the human body and stones: how we interact and how we communicate with one another. ‘At many times in my life,’ Alyson says ‘a stone has acted as a compass and pointed me in a direction I might not have taken if I hadn’t listened to it. What did this listening entail? What did I hear when I listened? Was it a stone language? Or was something in my own imagination drawn out by the stone?’ Instead of seeking to identify answers, her talk will meander along probable and improbable pathways in search of a door that we can slip through and, if we’re lucky, find something we didn’t know we were looking for. Many of the other presenters will explore this world of the non-human or more-than-human. We have brought together an eclectic collection of voices, forming an event that mixes the best of academic thought and tradition with the experiential and the experimental. Sound artist Tony Whitehead leads us into the sonic world of night-time and dawn-time; Felix Prater, Laura Cooper and Cherie Sampson lead us toward animal lives and our animal selves; Lori Diggle, Nancy Miller and Melissa Sterry amongst others remind us of the power of myth and story-telling and its continuing and new relevance; John Hartley leads us on to the river; others are materialists, guiding us to new insights of stone, field, water, fungi. Stephan Harding talks about the science of interspecies communication. In addition to this rich array of speakers are an equally rich selection of hands-on small- group workshops. There are three sessions of workshops (11 in all) over the course of the three days, meaning that you can choose to participate in up to three workshops. We will encounter languages familiar and strange, and we’ll aspire to co- elaborate new forms of communication together through this unique gathering amongst the long, heady days of summer along the River Dart. Learn more at inothertongues.info/about and register at inothertongues.info/registration

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If you're in the neighbourhood - it's this evening. Gorgeous work ...

Opening Reception: William Arnold, Myka Baum, Melanie King

April 21, 2017, 5:00pm - April 21, 2017, 7:00pm

OPENING RECEPTION for new show of work by William Arnold, Myka Baum and Melanie King. Complementary work by three artists exploring the natural world in depth. William Arnold's 'Tin-can Firmament' is made up of pin-hold photographs of the sky taken with months-long exposures. Myka Baum's work is microscopic explorations of nature - 'an ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image', and Melanie King's work are photogravures of the night sky, 'celestial bodies which form both the subject as well as the cause' of her work. The Gallery is generally open from 9 to 5 on weekdays. Garden Room Gallery @artdotearth

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Opening Reception: William Arnold, Myka Baum, Melanie King

April 21, 2017, 5:00pm - April 21, 2017, 7:00pm

OPENING RECEPTION for new show of work by William Arnold, Myka Baum and Melanie King. Complementary work by three artists exploring the natural world in depth. William Arnold's 'Tin-can Firmament' is made up of pin-hold photographs of the sky taken with months-long exposures. Myka Baum's work is microscopic explorations of nature - 'an ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image', and Melanie King's work are photogravures of the night sky, 'celestial bodies which form both the subject as well as the cause' of her work. The Gallery is generally open from 9 to 5 on weekdays. Garden Room Gallery @artdotearth

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