Second Nature: What is ‘nature’ anyway? at The Portico Library

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Second Nature: What is 'nature' anyway? at The Portico Library
Louise Hewitt

Second Nature: What is 'nature' anyway? at The Portico Library, Chinatown, 4 October 2019–6 January 2020, free entry - Visit now

In the Georgian and Victorian eras, science was called Natural Philosophy. 18th and 19th-century naturalists such as Alexander von Humboldt – the first to identify human-induced climate change – sought to understand people’s place in the world while questioning the use of the term ‘nature’ to justify social structures and political standpoints. Today, alternative debates around nature are reshaping how we think about our relationships with the environment. Recent studies show that two thirds of UK adults feel they have ‘lost touch with nature’ and our vocabulary to describe it is diminishing. How might new ideas around nature affect our priorities, and can reconnecting with the living world help us find solutions to current environmental emergencies?

Second Nature at The Portico Library brings together literature, artefacts, research and new works by contemporary artists and young people to ask what we mean by ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ today and how these terms have been used throughout the modern age.

Second Nature: What is 'nature' anyway? at The Portico Library, Chinatown

4 October 2019–6 January 2020
Free entry

Dates and Times

  • 3 October 2019 6:00 pm
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

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