Chris Fremantle is an independent Arts Producer and Cultural Historian. Referencing Paul Tabbush’s talk Chris talked about his own work in the public art realm. He spoke specifically about forest as cultural capital. Forest as an idea, a concept and an image which has been both objectified and institutionalized through a process of commissioning work for installation in hospitals in Scotland. He goes on to speak about important international efforts by Common Ground, the artists Joseph Beuys and Helen and Newton Harrison, work done within the cultural register with a range of impact upon landscape scale ecologies, and ideas about landscape. The work is not simply lyrical, referential or illustrative these works shift values, the experience and the understanding of what is real in every day life.
Social Scientist David Edwards asked ‘how the ideas might fit into the real world?’ Chris suggested that it questioned assumptions about a problem-solving context and asked that we think about cultural ecosystems as a sense making challenge; that can inform decisions.
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