Naked Nature – Can getting naked save the planet?
Hey everyone, I made a video!
Does being naked connect us more with nature?
Is sexual repression connected to ecological destruction?
I asked these questions of several people and produced a video of the results. This was part of an assessment for Environmental Education as part of a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne.
After presenting this video to the class I took off my clothes to highlight our discomfort with this aspect of nature, our own bodies, and read out the “25 Ways of to make Love to the Earth” (from the Journal of Ecosex Research, Stephens & Sprinkle 2014).
– If we are uncomfortable with the nature of our own bodies, how can we fully connect with our ‘self’?
– Without a good connection to self, how can we connect fully with ‘other’, or nature?
– And without this connection to nature will our culture ever have sufficient empathy to protect it?
I also wrote a paper about this for Sustainability, Governance and Leadership, and might see if I can follow up with a research project,
Feedback welcome :)
I made this video for Lazy Deck Chairs (lazydeckchairs.com.au) as a little promo piece.
Photos on the website are also mine and I built the website. Heck, I made the chairs !!! :)
See here for the photos: http://philipwernerfoto.com/2011/11/25/lazy-deck-chairs/
Occupy Melbourne (Australia) lasted almost one week at City Square (in the heart of Melbourne CBD) from Saturday 15 October to Friday 22 October 2011. It was a peaceful demonstration which only turned violent at the hands of the police force.
The Mayor of Melbourne City Council has shown himself to be narrow minded in his response to the protest, in contrast to Sydney Mayor, Clover Moore.
This protest against corporate greed in particular and capitalist ideology (profit before people and environment) in general was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York (occupywallstreet.org).
Couldn’t help making some more art out of this awesome artwork!
At the Montreal Museum of Modern Art. December 2007.
And a spontaneous dance in said art installation with my friend Jasna :)