Who is art.earth?
art.earth is a Community Interest Company (artdotearth CIC) and works in partnership with many – particularly Dartington and The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World.
Mark Leahy is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and performance. Born in Ireland, he lives and works in the South West of England. His work uses constraints, structuring rules, and operates to cross or question category and genre divisions including around queer identity and social agency. Recent performance projects include ‘Breath Pieces’ choreographed by Rosanna Irvine (Tramway, Glasgow, June 2018); ‘telling time’ (Jamboree, Devon, June 2018); ’threaded insert’ (Plymouth, 2017; Cardiff, 2018); ‘Breathing Line’ choreographed by Rosanna Irvine (Dance4, Nottingham, 2017); ’subject to gesture’ with Benjamin D. Duvall (Liverpool, 2017); ‘his voice’ (Plymouth, 2015; Manchester, 2016), ’flat-head self-tapping’ at Chelsea School of Art (May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 at Chapter Cardiff (Nov 2014). Commissioned artist publications include ‘in the key of’ (for Counter Plymouth Artist Book Fair, 2015) and ‘Subject to Gesture’ (Dock Road Press, 2017). He was commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and LOW PROFILE. Residencies include Enter Text (Arteles Creative Centre, Finland, November 2018) and Redefining Print (Double Elephant Print Studios, 2014-15). Critical publications include essays in Hyperrhiz, C21 Literature, Open Letter and Performance Research Journal. He teaches part-time at Plymouth University and Falmouth University, and has supervised and examined a significant number of MA and PhD projects. He is a director of art-earth.org.uk, is a member of CAMP (Contemporary Art Makers Plymouth), is on the board of Soundart Radio, and is chair of the board of Take A Part. More information and examples of his work can be found on his website: markleahy.net.
art.earth’s creator and lead is Richard Povall, a sound artist, digital systems designer, consultant and educator and is the Programme Leader for Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College. Recent work includes …and so the search begins, a commission from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and Teatime(link is external) an installation for National Trust. Recent publications include a chapter in We Assert! the manifesto of CIWEM’s Arts and Environment Network, and he guest edited a special arts and ecology edition of Digital Creativity(link is external) (Routledge). Previously he co-directed dance-theatre company half/angel(link is external) and was a founding Director of Aune Head Arts; he has taught in a variety of Universities and Conservatories in the UK and US and was formerly Director of Contemporary Music at Oberlin Conservatory in the UK and held Senior Research Fellowships at Middlesex University and Dartington College of Arts. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010, and sits on numerous boards, including Dance in Devon (Chair) and Future’s Venture Foundation (Vice-Chair). Read Richard’s CV.
Minou Tsambika Polleros
As dance practitioner, choreographer and Social Sculpture practitioner, Minou has been researching the capacity of visceral empathy and a more embodied cognition as essential antidote to an increasing collective disembodiment and separation from what deep ecologists call an ecological self. In the context of living in an age where climate change is becoming a physical matter, she is developing different practices for inner and outer homemaking, finding processes that cultivate more literacy in being viscerally empathetic with what is alive in and around the human experience. Minou is interested on a more expanded perspective of the dance practitioner, one who is actively cultivating connective capacities and choreographic forms, essential in the endeavour to create a more embodied system change in both environmental and social arenas. Born in Austria, Minou is currently a RANE research associate. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Choreography, Dance and Visual Art Practice from Dartington College of Arts and an MA in Social Sculpture from Oxford Brookes University. Minou is inspired in Phd research, through which she is intending to develop a teaching practice for dance education, one that is looking at the relational field of dance, choreography and a more eco-social practice. She regards her works as creative platforms that bring social, environmental and artistic practices in dialogue. To read more about her work go to: www.minoutsambika.com
Minou also works as a project manager with art.earth for special projects.
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Cat Radford (Producer)
artdotearth CIC trades as art.earth and is a Community Interest Company registered in England & Wales Co. No. 10406009