Nature calls on Pestival and WiLDSPEAK

It’s been a pretty hectic week so Fabulous Friday’s Round Up has been delayed until tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few photos courtesy of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) – a consortium of 97 conservation photographers, (for more details see earlier post Photo news – Saturday Extras), as well as news on the offbeat Pestival – an arts festival taking place this weekend (4 – 6 September) in London.

The following images are by James Balog, David Doubilet and Thomas D. Mangelsen from the iLCP which has organized and will lead WiLDSPEAK, a Conservation Communications symposium, (6 – 13 November, Mexico). Doubilet’s photograph below is not dissimilar aesthetically to some art-based photographic works. Using motifs familiar from Romantic art and literature it depicts a ‘sublime’ landscape, in which the lone individual is dwarfed by (and in awe of) nature. While the other photos have a caught-in-the-moment appeal, counter balancing a long week.


© James Balog, Meltwater lakes and streams on Greenland Ice Sheet east of Kangerlussuaq. Scientists believe that meltwater processes on surface and base of glacier are critical pieces of the puzzle in trying to understand how large masses of ice have disappeared extremely in eons past in North America and Europe, and may well do so again here in Greenland.

Baby Green sea turtle French Polynesia

© David Doubilet, A baby green sea turtle swims for the safety of the open sea, French Polynesia.


© Thomas Mangelsen, Alaskan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), catching spawning Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Brooks River Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Pestival arts festival is taking place this weekend (4 – 6 September) at the Southbank Centre, London. Expect some diverse perspectives with a remit to examine “insect-human interactivity in bioscience, through paradigms of contemporary art, cinema, music and comedy as well as direct scientific demonstration and educational projects”. Sounds intriguing. If you can’t get to the festival then you can tune in to Resonance 104.4 FM, London’s arts radio station, which will be broadcasting from the festival (as well as from the studio) on ‘insect matters’.

Nature Calls (Resonance’s weekly radio programme on animals in visual culture) will be reporting live on some of the issues raised by the event. If you can’t catch this, you can also tune in to the following programmes hosted by Rikke Hansen.

Pest Geographies (Saturday 5 Sept, 15:30-16:00)
Rikke Hansen talks to Maria Escobar (geography, King’s College) and Chris Wilbert (geography, Anglia Ruskin University) about pests in the city. Mark Wilson, from the artist duo Snæbjörnsdottir/Wilson, discusses pests, animal dwellings and contested human-animal spaces.

The Bug in the Machine (Sunday 6 Sept,19:00-19:30)
Giovanni Aloi (editor of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture) is interviewed by Rikke Hansen on the subject of ‘insect poetics’. Robert McKay (literature, University of Sheffield) joins in with a literary perspective.

If you are not London-based, you can listen to the live-stream at Resonance.


One response to “Nature calls on Pestival and WiLDSPEAK

  1. David A. Ridge

    Concerning Mr, Mangelsen’s work, he has a gallery in The Old Market area of Omaha, Nebraska AND it is a must see.

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