Our guest this week on the podcast is London-based artist and researcher John Hartley. John is probably best known for turning an office (desk, computer and business suit!) into a sea kayak. We talk about a bunch of John’s projects, including the kayak, and the intersection of art and ecological thinking. While listening to the podcast I’d suggest taking a look at John’s work which you can see on his website ambivalency.net. During the show we discuss:
- John’s interest in peaks and declines
- Why art is uniquely placed to deal with the problems of climate change
- His “Contingency Research Platform” Kayak project
- Zero Dollar Laptop Project
- William Blake’s Angel Oak
- The Peckham Experiment
- Building Jewellery
- The Goldcrest Standard
Special thanks to Kate of the blog Wild Economies for tipping me off to John’s work.
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