Not so sure about this guy anymore
I thought the talk was interesting but probably not in the right way. As someone who is also interested in nature, the environment and sustainable living, I really do respect what Nick is trying to do. I am just afraid for the future of environmental art if all we continue to do is emulate the ideas of the past. The past is irrelevant to the way that the environment is right now. The ideas of Thoreau don't really stand up anymore. Sure, it's great to get in touch with yourself by living simply. I totally agree. But this isn't an environmental statement anymore. It's not about yourself. It's about the bigger picture. It's about the way in which humans are destroying nature. Is building a log cabin really the most sustainable thing you can do? What does it prove? Where is that going to take us?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I have the answer to an art that speaks for the protection of the environment. I just think it has to be pushed farther. We can't just look to the past and be nostalgic for what we've lost. We have to be visionaries of the future if we have any hope of restoring the balance of nature.