Helen and Newton Harrison: An Interview

1978 | 00:40:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Blumenthal/Horsfield Interviews, Environment, Interview

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Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.

The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.

Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States and Europe.

In this interview with Kate Horsfield the Harrisons’ reflect on their growing dissatisfaction with the values of production and consumption, as well as their desires to raise public awareness through their art.