The Flute & the Bowl
The Oxford Society
for Art and Science
The Flute & the Bowl is an Oxford University society dedicated to the practice of art and ecology. Bringing together a heterogeneous community of practitioners from diverse fields, this society serves as a platform for joint-projects, collaborations, and discussions between the arts, sciences and the humanities, that aim to be of service to the More-than-human World.
As impending environmental crisis adds new urgency to our efforts to extricate ourselves from a cartesian, dualist cosmology that has led us to this ecological dead-end, extricating ourselves will take a collective effort: No one field can claim to hold the solutions to a crisis that is as much cultural and spiritual as it is environmental.
The two key practices of this society feed off of each other to integrate the efforts of artists and scientists in their joint undertaking of transitioning our cultural relationship to the natural world from one of exploitation, disconnect and antagonism to one of reciprocity, interconnection and mutualism.
The Flute & Bowl is currently running the University of Oxford Art, Biodiversity and Climate Network (ABC Network). For ABC Network site click HERE
The Flute & the Bowl aims to serve two key practices:
1. To facilitate collaborative projects between the arts and sciences that would "act as a flute for the natural world," i.e. act as an instrument through which the natural world can communicate itself.
2. To facilitate collaborative projects between the arts and sciences that would "act as a bowl for the natural world," i.e. to hold, protect and conserve the natural world, sharing of it sustainably within our More-than-human communities.
President and Founder
Climate Society Chair
The Boundary project explores how to teach and learn transformative change, resilience, sustainable behaviour and care for the world in the face of an ecological crisis. This will be done through a series of epistemic dialogues and interactions at the crossroads of art and science leading to the creation of a novel course curriculum reflecting a radical new interdisciplinary pedagogy.
BOUNDARY | PROJECT
The Art, Biodiversity and Climate (ABC) Network is a new initiative by the Flute & Bowl, Oxford Biodiversity and the Oxford ONE Network for Environmental Research. With the help of TORCH and the University of Oxford, the ABC Network will continue the work of the Flute & Bowl in preparation for the COP26 and for the year 2021-2022
The Indigenous Epistemologies Reading Group brings together researchers and students interested in engaging with indigenous perspectives, methodologies and epistemologies in their work and research. This reading group is a weekly gathering in which we critically explore the mechanisms and methods of knowledge production that we engage with in our own research through the lens of indigenous methods of world-knowing and world-making. We share and discuss indigenous scholarship, its intersection with the "western" academy, national politics, and corporate interests. We explore questions of sovereignty, epistemic oppression, relational worldviews and performative knowledge-making.
Indigenous Epistemologies Reading Group
The Flute & Bowl and Mansfield College are hosting a series of creative workshops for students who want to participate in an interdisciplinary program culminating in an exhibition of your work. The series of workshops will be focused on engaging creative methods and nonconformist thinking in your research, creating interdepartmental collaborations, and looking at historic examples of unconventional thinking that led to advances and paradigm shifts in our understanding of our collective world.
Artwork by Katie Holten
Figuring Feasible Futures:
At the Confluence of Art & Science
In collaboration with the Oxford Climate Society,
The Flute & the Bowl is offering 18 Ruskin students and 18 science students from across the University of Oxford an opportunity to participate in a joint Art-Science programme dedicated to dreaming forth possible socially just, inclusive, ecological futures and enacting/representing this collective imaginarium through the visual arts. The resulting collaborative art works (in any medium) will be shown in the 6b Arts Center in Paris, France in a group show during the interim between Hilary and Trinity terms. Participants will get to participate in facilitated workshops and retreats free of charge, to help them develop and implement their interdisciplinary projects and create their works of art.
SHOW DELAYED TO JUNE 2021 FOR COVID-19