Ecological artist, David Haley, believes our ability to survive Climate Change is the enactment of a complex evolutionary narrative. As the dance of creation and destruction, also, demands new opportunities and meanings for the other side of collapse, his inquiries into the nature of water, whole systems ecology, complexity, and integral critical futures thinking inform his arts practice, academic research, education and community developments.
As Senior Research Fellow in MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University, Haley is Director of the Ecology In Practice research group, and leads the award winning MA Art As Environment programme. His affiliations include: Vice Chair of The Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management, Art & Environment Network and member of the Natural Capital Steering Group, Director, Board of Trustees, INIFAE [International Institute For Art and the Environment], and Lanternhouse International; editor for Cultura21, ecoart Scotland, and MAiA journal.
Recent & Current Projects
Recent projects in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany and Portugal include: The Writing On The Wall (2007-8), performed poetic artworks to question societies’ response to global warming; River Life 3000: Like There’s No Tomorrow (2008), sculptural installation; A Walk On The Wild Side (2004-11), eco-urban art-walks and films that consider Manchester as a living organism; Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground Gaining Wisdom (2007-9), with Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison to determine how we might ‘withdraw with grace’ as sea levels rise; A Dialogue with Oysters: the Art of Facilitation (2008- on-going), a new creation myth between the sea, the mountains, the oysters and the people based on the interface between freshwater and rising sea levels; Trees of Grace: the Destiny of Species (2008- on-going), a thousand-year long project that proposes an analogue forest for the Mersey Basin, with ginkgo biloba as the ‘keystone’ specie of tree; Making Our Futures: the Art of Sustainable Living (2008- 10) an ASEF funded research project between the cities of Manchester and Beijing to explore the creative potential of future artists and ‘non-expert experts’ to survive Climate Change; The Art of Complexity (2010 – ongoing) a poetic dialogue and transdisciplinary discourse that may emerge as a publication; Life Support System: Towards 2048, Beyond 2097 (2012), proposals for Hong Kongers to live with Climate Change; Meantime… Desert Zones (2012) a poetic mapping of desertification from Portugal, around the world.
Featured Web Links
www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/profile/dhaley http://greenmuseum.org/c/enterchange/artists/haley/ http://greenmuseum.org/generic_content.php?ct_id=234
Work in Collections
HALEY, D. & MURILLO, I., 2005, Seeking Waters. Tate Library Collection; Item Id. 0513010
HALEY, D., 2003. River Life 3000: a dialogue for the beginning of time. Multi-media sculptural installation, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.
Selected Exhibitions, Events & Performance
HALEY, D. 2012 Life Support System: Towards 2048, Beyond 2097. Outdoor pavilion at Tung Wui Estate, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
HALEY, D. 2012 A Matter of Time, a Question of Grace. English and Chinese poetic text artwork, in Is/Is Not the Kai Tak River a Metaphor, 1a Space Gallery, Hong Kong
HALEY, D. 2011. The Sixth Extinction. Sculptural installation, Burlington Blue slate and white chalk. Melbourne Fringe, Australia.
HALEY, D. 2011 My Significant Other (poem) at the Scottish Book Trust, in Environmental Dialogues, for CORE ( Creative Research into the Environment)
HALEY, D. 2010 „Walk the Talk to Many Futures: Making Time as a Matter of
Urgency“. ASSiST (International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability
in Social Transformation), Cultura21. I3C International Council for Cultural Centres
Latin American Network for Art and Social Transformation, Institute fur Kulturtheorie,
Kulturforschung und Kunste, Soziologie der Kunste und Kultur, Kulturvermittlung und
Organisation ASEF (Asia Europe Foundation) Municipality of Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
HALEY, D. 2010 Trees of Grace: Draughting Change (Homage to the Dragon), in High Tide Mersey, Liverpool Art Academy, LJMU
HARRISON, H. & N., HALEY, D. and HARRISON G. 2009
Greenhouse Britain, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York
HALEY, D. 2008 Liverpool Becoming & The Pool of Life: The Writing on the Wall. Commissioned by Gaia Projects for Alternative Programme, Liverpool Capital of Culture
HALEY, D. 2008 Like There’s No Tomorrow: River Life 3000
Greenhouse Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
HALEY, D., 2007-08. A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (WILD WALKS 1, 2 & 3).
Three six minute videos of urban wildlife walks in Manchester. Mixed show, Coast
Guard, 2007 Taipei Artists Village, Taiwan. MIRIAD China Project 2007 – Beijing,
Xiamen, Guangzou. ECOCENTRIC Video Lounge, Sonoma County Museum, Santa
2011 Culture Factory, Kai Tak River Project, Hong Kong
2010 Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing – Making Our Futures: the Art of Sustainable Living (Themed Issue, 17.2., May 2012)
2009 University of Ulster - LIFE ROOM,
2008 National Kaohsiung Normal University – Making Our Futures Charrette
2007 Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts – Making Our Futures Master Class
Selected Published Work
HALEY, D. 2012 Seeing the whole: art, ecology and transdisciplinarity. Revista Arte y Politicas de Identidad, Arte como terapia social, Volumen 4, ano 3
HALEY, D. 2012 Poetic Justice: focusing on the Art of Ecology. RIDE ; Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
HALEY, D. 2011 art & grace. New metaphors for sustainability: metaphors for the continuation of life. The Ashden Directory http://www.ashdendirectory.org.uk/featuresView.asp?pageIdentifier=2011414_37524050
HALEY, D. 2010 Ecology and the Art of Sustainable Living, FIELD Journal
HALEY, D. 2010, Economy and the Art of Complexity, Social Science Research Network. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Jeljour_results.cfm?form_name=journalbrowse&journal_id=1689277&Network=no&lim=false
HALEY, D. 2009 The Voice of Freshwater: Reflecting on Greenhouse Britain. In
ed. Yarrow, E. The Global Environment, Edition One. Lead Media, Hertford. Pp 72-74
FIRBANK, L. HARRISON, H. & N., HALEY, D. GRIFFITH, B. 2009. A Story Of Becoming: Landscape Creation Through An Art/Science Dynamic in ed. WINTER, M. & LOBY, M. What is Land for? The Food, Fuel and Climate Change Debate. Earthscan, London.
HALEY, D. 2008 On the W@terfront Nr 11 octobre, 2008 Public Art & Urban Design. Producing, Managing and Disseminating aspects http://www.ub.edu/escult/Water/index.htm
HALEY, D. 2008. A Dialogue With Oysters, WEM Magazine (CIWEM)
HALEY, D., 2008, Water, Time and Grace: Questions of Art and Ecology. Ed. Raney, K. Engage 21 Art and Climate Change. Cornerhouse Publications. ISBN 1365-9383
HALEY, D., 2008, Art in Ecology: Questions of Foresight. Ed. Music and Art in Action (MAiA) Vol. 1 No. 1 ISSN 1754-7105 http://musicandartsinaction.net/index.php/maia/issue/view/1
HALEY, D., 2008. The Limits of Sustainability: The Art of Ecology. Chapter in Eds. KAGAN, S. and KIRCHBERG, V. Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures. VAS-Verlag, Frankfurt, Germany.
Conference Papers - Peer Reviewed
HALEY, D. 2012. Hong Kong, Home from Home: Destiny, Fate and Transdisciplinarity. Skype presentation from Hong Kong to ‘The Home and the World’ Summit, Dartington, UK.
HALEY, D. 2012 Ecology In Practice: The Art of Transdisciplinarity. American Association of Geographers, New York
HALEY, D. 2012 An Art of Complexity: Ecology In Practice, Radius of Art, Heindrich Boell Foundation, Berlin.
HALEY, D. 2011, Ecology In Practice: the Poetics of Transdisciplinarity. SER2011 World
Conference on Ecological Restoration, Merida , Mexico
HALEY, D. 2011, Art, Ecology and Reality: the Potential for Transdisciplinarity. V Mediterranean Congress for Aesthetics – Art, Emotion and Value, University of Murcia, Spain.
HALEY, D. 2011, The Art of Complexity and the Deconstruction of Climate Change. Central University, New York.
HALEY, D. 2010, Questions of Indeterminacy: an Artist’s Approach to Whole Systems Ecology and ‘Integral Critical Futures’. Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society with IBG, London
HALEY, D. 2010 Economy and the Art of Complexity, European Sociological Association, Research Network on the Sociology of Culture, Bocconi University, Milan
HALEY, D. 2010 Art, Ecology and the Economy – Water Forum, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
HALEY, D 2009, Life Beyond Collapse: Art, Ecology, Climate Change. Ecology and Sustainable Practice, Chrysalis Arts, UK
HALEY, D. 2009, Trees of Grace: Art, Ecology and Synchronicity. Gaia Projects, FACT, Liverpool.
HALEY, D. 2009. A creation myth for many futures: indeterminacy and the art of becoming. Sensuous Knowledge 6, Bergen National Academy for the Arts, Norway
HALEY, D. 2009. Ecology and the Art of Sustainable Living. Ecology Theory Forum, University of Sheffield
HALEY, D. 2009. The Voice of Freshwater: Greenhouse Britain Revisited.
CIWEM Annual Conference, Water & the Global Environment, London
HALEY, D. 2008, Life Beyond Collapse: The Art of Futures-Making Representing Climate Change: Ecology, Media, and the Arts. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) University of Cambridge
HALEY, D. 2008, The Art of Questions: Global Warming, Ecological Re-invention, Creativity and Critical Futures Thinking. Society for Ecological Restoration, Europe, Ghent
HALEY, D. 2008, The Art of Becoming: Pedagogy for Foresight. Artful Ecologies II, Environment in Crisis: What Role for Art? RANE, University College Falmouth
Lectures - Invited
HALEY, D. 2012. Communities in Concert: an Ecology of Culture, South West Taiwan Wetlands Conference, Budai, Taiwan.
HALEY, D. 2011. The Future of Water and the Art of Reality, Seminars – Dynamics & Perspectives in 21st the Century, Faro School of Tourism and Hospitality, Portugal.
HALEY, D. 2011. A Walk on the Wild Side, film ed. Nitta, M. for Klub event at Uberlebenskunst, Berlin, Germany. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkcKn02C_-s
HALEY, D 2011. Tunnel Vision: Light at the End II. Sustainable Practice in Public Art. Chrysalis Arts / MIRIAD. MMU, Manchester.
HALEY, D. 2011. Ecology in Sight: species nova [to see anew]. Andrew W Mellon Foundation John Sawyer Seminar. Sight/Seeing. University of Edinburgh
BOWER, S. & HALEY, D. 2011, Art, Ecology and greenmuseum.org. Columbia University, New York, USA
HALEY, D. 2010, The Art of Complexity, Ecology in Practice. Treasure Hill Artists Village, Taipei, Taiwan.
HALEY, D. 2010, The Art of Sustainable Living, Experimental Arts Department
Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing (Research project funded by ASEF – Asia Europe Foundation)
HALEY, D. 2009. As Waters Meet. Commissioned to open exhibition, Water:
Symbol, Element, Utility? University of Ulster, Belfast
HALEY, D. 2009. Trees of Grace: Art, Ecology and Synchronicity. High Tide
programme, FACT, Liverpool
HALEY, D. 2009. Dialogues and Tales, Narratives and Rants. Guest Lecture,
Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
HALEY, D. 2009. Life Beyond Collapse: Art, Ecology, Climate Change. Art,
Ecology and Sustainable Practice, Chrysalis Arts, Gargrave
HALEY, D. 2008, The Art of Making Futures: Whole Systems Pedagogies. Public Symposium on HE and Climate Change Wednesday, C-SHAPE - Centre for the Study of Higher and Post-compulsory Education Graduate School of Education and the Institute for Avanced Studies, University of Bristol
HALEY, D. 2008, The Art of Becoming: Questions of Climate Change, Ecology and Mobility Asia-Europe Foundation _Dialogue on Art, Culture and Climate Change. Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing
HALEY, D. 2008. A Dialogue with Oysters: The Art of Facilitation. The Tropic of Cancer Project, Budai, Taiwan
HALEY, D. 2008, Art and Ecology – Department of Atmospheric Studies,
Central University of Taiwan, Taipei.
Reports & Critical Documents
HALEY, D. 2011, 1. A Walk on the Wild Side, 2. Draft Manifesto for an Eco-Creative City, 3. A figure on the ground: small steps to a new’ pattern language’, and workshop contributions in Eds. Kagan, S. and Verstraete, K. Sustainable Creative Cities: the role of the arts in globalised urban contexts. ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation)
HALEY, D. 2010 Tatton Park Biennial, AN Magazine, Jul/Aug 2010, Pp 16 – 18
HALEY, D. 2010 Public Art or Art in a Public Place – Tunnel Vision: Light at the End. WEM Magazine, September 2010, Pp 24 - 25
HALEY, D. & IYER, J. 2009 The Art of Sustainable Living. Commissioned by ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation)
HALEY, D. 2009. Article in Naidus, B. The Arts of Change: Teaching Outside the Frame. New Village Press, Oakland, CA.
HALEY, D. 2008, Manifesto for an Eco-Cultural City, Art and the Cultural City, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan.
Current Appoitment & Memberships
Honorary Fellow of The Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Vice Chair, CIWEM, Arts and the Environment Network,
Natural Capital Network, Steering Group, CIWEM
Director, Board of Trustees, INIFAE [International Institute For Art and the Environment]
Director, Board of Trustees, Lanternhouse International Ltd.
Director, Harrison Studio & Associates (UK)
International Advisor, Bamboo Culture International, Taipei, Taiwan
External Examiner, University of Cumbria, MA Landscape & Environment Course
Editorial Board Music and Arts in Action (MAiA)
Editorial Committee – Cultura21
Steering Group - Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust, Alder Hey, Arts for Health
Member - The Society for Ecological Restoration
Co-founder Sustainable North Country