The Flute & the Bowl
The Oxford Society
for Art and Ecology
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 & the Bowl aims to serve two key purposes:
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
Oxford Climate Change Chair
Oxford Climate Change Organizer
Sarah Sands Phillips
Kwan Q. Li
Xia Zhi Zhou
Art and Climate Change
Deadline for Application: 12PM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23rd
In collaboration with the Oxford Climate Society, The Flute and the Bowl is offering 12 Ruskin students an opportunity to participate in a joint project designed to explore the potentialities/importance of interdisciplinary work with regard to facing climate change. 12 Artists will be paired with 12 science students in a series of led workshops that will culminate in a public exhibition in Oxford.
Art & Climate Change Image Gallery
At the Flute and the Bowl we are always grateful for your contributions towards our ongoing exhibitions, publications, workshops and projects. If you or your company are interested in supporting our work of bringing art and ecology into the conversation, please drop us a line. We will be here to listen to your contributions and take our collaboration forward into a greener future!
Special Thanks to our Sponsors!
I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through
and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a
"We must learn to behold and hold all this dying and loss, including our own, and still act to preserve and protect what we can." - Bill Plotkin