Patch of countryside spotted in Dalston, east London

If you picked up a copy of our news-zine Mindtonic you will already know about the Radical Nature exhibition currently on at the Barbican (featured in our Run Riot listings).
The show spreads its wings further afield than the Barbican itself with this wheat field installation by Agnes Denes (nothing to do with the gobby Mancunian model I'm pleased to say) in the heart of gritty yet ├╝ber hip Dalston, east London.

Building off iconic work she produced in New York in 1982, the artist hopes it will create a conversation about the use of land, our food and each other.

The Guardian said this about the exhibition:

The point about Denes’s work in Dalston – and the exhibition at the Barbican – is that it raises for a new generation the role art can play in shifting attitudes towards our natural environment.

Can art succeed where science is proving insufficient to generate the will to act effectively on climate change? Scientists sound increasingly desperate as the evidence they are carefully accumulating stacks up but fails to prompt the urgency they insist it requires. Science seems only to create a panicked paralysis: a language of probabilities, statistics and numbers fails to gain traction on the public imagination.

Is this where artists have to step in to prompt understanding, to challenge what is taken for granted, to turn our ideas upside down?

For more information on the show and to be inspired to raise your awareness on these issues go to http://www.barbican.org.uk/radical_nature

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