Lead eco artist Jaime Jackson specialises in participatory practice and artist film-making, and engaging communities in digital environmental projects. His work explores the gap, distance, and separation from the natural world that many people experience today, particularly in busy metropolises, by staging digital and traditional interventions in this gap and reimagining or rethinking these primordial connections with nature via modern tools.

Biophilic Cities is a project for the Anthropocene (the current age of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems) and the new science of Biomimicry, (an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies).

A-N artist group bursary to support an ACE funded project to build a Global environmental change artist collaboration network based on the three European Biophilic cities: Birmingham, Oslo and Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain. http://biophiliccities.org/. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/apr/03/birmingham-san-francisco-oslo-global-green-biophilic-cities-club.

Birmingham is the only UK city that has been invited to join the Biophilic Cities Network- a global grouping of aspiring green cities that see their future as putting nature at the heart of their decision-making. Birmingham is joined across Europe by both Oslo in Norway and Vittoria-Gastiez in Spain. Though culturally very different all 3 cities are brought together by the binding philosophy of Biophilia and peoples’ inherent love of nature; exploring these humanity and global scale connections and very local differences through art presents a timely opportunity to work together for change.

Members of the Black Hole club are visiting Birmingham’s Biophilic city partners in both Oslo and Vitoria-Gasteiz to set up the network. We will meet with artist and artist curators in the cities as well as city and regional government representatives to agree an exchange programme of activities between us. The project is based on Global environmental change and the new science of Biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. We will produce a blog about activity carried out to share learning and progress with the artists’ community.

An exhibition in February 2018 in Vivid Projects will bring BHC artists together with other Birmingham and international artists. The artists are working with researchers in the academy on art and ethics in the biogenetic age, focusing the practice on the continued research in biogenitics, climate change and geography in partnership with The Culture Capital Exchange, Birmingham City University STEAMlab, Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham