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Reclaiming wetland values: marsh, mud and wonder.

Contributors

Simon Read
Curator

Chris Fremantle
Curator

Kerry Morrison
Exhibitor

Helmut Lemke
Exhibitor

Victoria Leslie
Exhibitor

Tim Acott
Researcher

Adriana Ford
Researcher

Frances M. Hawkes
Researcher

Anil Graves
Researcher

Joe Morris
Researcher

Mary Gearey
Researcher

Andrew Church
Researcher

Neil Ravenscroft
Researcher

Peter Coates
Researcher

David Edwards
Researcher

Alex Vaux
Researcher

Jolyon Medlock
Researcher

Gabriella Gibson
Researcher

Robert A. Cheke
Researcher

Nicola Beaumont
Researcher

Meghan Alexander
Researcher

Rhoda Ballinger
Researcher

William Bennett
Researcher

Brett Day
Researcher

Elizabeth Gabe-Thomas
Researcher

Tom Fairchild
Researcher

Angus Garbutt
Researcher

John Griffen
Researcher

Karen Henwood
Researcher

Harshinie Karunarathna
Researcher

Emma McKinley
Researcher

Magnus Moar
Researcher

Iris Möller
Researcher

Jordi F. Pagès
Researcher

Nick Pidgeon
Researcher

Olivia Rendon
Researcher

Martin Skov
Researcher

Greg Smith
Researcher

Merryn Thomas
Researcher

Erin Roberts
Researcher

Thomas van Veelen
Researcher

Kayleigh Wyles
Researcher

Abstract

The exhibition formed a key output of the Valuing Nature Programme (https://valuing-nature.net/) initiated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)/UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The aim of the 4-year Valuing Nature programme is, '…to improve understanding of the value of nature both in economic and non-economic terms, and improve the use of these valuations in decision making.' The exhibition was curated by Chris Fremantle and Simon Read on behalf of WetlandLIFE and CoastWEB respectively supported by the Valuing Nature Programme Co-ordination Team. The approach was collaborative and focused on revealing new understandings of the interrelations and interactions of disciplines across the two projects. Drawing out these aspects required an approach to curation which conceptualised and provided ‘structure for diversity’. The curatorial approach foregrounded the diverse ‘ways of knowing’ of the different teams (entomology, medical entomology, geomorphology, cultural, human and physical geography, economics, psychology, other social sciences, history, literature, creative writing, sound art, performance art, visual art). Different ‘ways of knowing’ were presented through methods and tools (spreadsheets, 3D models, microscopes, maps, photography, video, soundscapes, infographics, historical artefacts). The non-linear character of an exhibition provided a distinct way of engaging with the two projects. It revealed connections between practices (eg between entomology and history) that have not yet been evidenced in outputs, as well as allowing different forms of valuing (eg economic modelling and inhabitant experience) to be treated as equivalent. We used exhibition making as an organising principle without seeking to turn everything into art. The artists (Simon Read, Kerry Morrison and Helmut Lemke, and Victoria Leslie) variously articulated the value of wetlands, the value of specific aspects of research, and the value of interdisciplinarity.

Exhibition Performance Type Exhibition
Start Date Jan 27, 2020
Publication Date Feb 3, 2020
Institution Citation Reclaiming wetland values: marsh, mud and wonder. Exhibition held 27 January - 2 February 2020, Royal Geographical Society, London.
Keywords Value of nature; Artists; Wetlands; Interdisciplinarity

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