The ecological challenges of our (so-called) Anthropocene era are not readily soluble through technological fixes. They require imagination, creativity, deep questioning, and radical resourcefulness. EcoCulture Lab is devoted to new forms of collaboration between artists, humanists, scientists, designers, and engaged practitioners of many kinds. In particular, it aims to be a nerve center for developing, sharing, and critically analyzing forms of artistic, media, and cultural expression that bring momentum and conviction to the scholarly and activist work of socio-ecological change. EcoCulture Lab is devoted to the building of a culture that is socially and ethically just, aesthetically gratifying, and ecologically viable.
EcoCulture Lab is an outgrowth of BASTA! (Bridging the Arts, Sciences, and Theory for the Anthropocene), a network of scholars and practitioners centered at the University of Vermont and in the Greater Burlington area. It is supported by the University of Vermont’s Steven Rubenstein Professorship for Environment and Natural Resources, a position currently held by Adrian Ivakhiv, UVM professor of environmental thought and culture. It welcomes the participation of any who share its general vision.