Edie Steiner’s essay “Requiem for Landscape” is published in this 2015 collection of scholarly writing –
Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice
Edited by Christina Robertson, Jennifer Westerman
This collection of essays examines the relationship between environmental injustice and the exploitation of working-class people. Twelve scholars from the fields of environmental humanities and the humanistic social sciences explore connections between the current and unprecedented rise of environmental degradation, economic inequality, and widespread social injustice in the United States and Canada. The authors challenge prevailing cultural narratives that separate ecological and human health from the impacts of modern industrial capitalism. Essay themes range from how human survival is linked to nature to how the use and abuse of nature benefit the wealthy elite at the expense of working-class people and the working poor as well as how climate change will affect cultures deeply rooted in the land. Ultimately, Working on Earth
calls for a working-class ecology as an integral part of achieving just and sustainable human development. Available at University of Nevada Press: http://unevadapress.com/Browse/Titles/Working%20on%20Earth/W;2289
“Working on Earth is a significant contribution to the literature on class, labor, personal history, and environmentalism. Indeed, it is one of the first volumes of its kind to explain the ways in which class and the environment are powerfully, and sometimes tragically, entwined.” — Kathleen Newman, associate professor of English and cultural studies, Carnegie Mellon University, and blogger for the Center for Working Class Studies
I have 2 films and a video projection in this festival taking place in Thunder Bay, Ontario, from September 3 – 7, 2014. Bay Street Film Festival
My new film Conversations on the Lake (2014), 44 minutes, presents at 2 PM on Sunday, September 7. My film Northland: Long Journey (2007) which was the opening film of the 2007 Bay Street Film Festival, is at 2 PM on Friday, September 5, as part of the festival’s 10th anniversary retrospective. My photo/video installation Views from Home: Facing North (2014) will be showing in the festival lounge. See it here: Views From Home on Vimeo
Lake Superior (2014)
Michipicoten Harbour Industrial Ruins (2014)
Images: Conversations on the Lake (2014)
Please join me at the 2014 Female Eye Film Festival and photography exhibition, launching at Artscape, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, on June 17 from 7 pm to midnight. My film screens at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, 2 pm on Saturday, June 21.
2014 Female Eye Film Festival
A new double issue of The Goose is here! Published by the Association for Literature, Culture, and Environment in Canada, this journal of great environmental writing and images features my review (page 197) of Jan Conns’ brilliant poetry text, Edge Effects (Brick Books, 2012). The Goose is available free online.
Live at The Funnel, 1984: Derek Graham, Edie Steiner, Gloria Toth. Photo by John Porter.
Here is a link to an interview I recently did with Mike Hoolboom for his arts history project. It includes many photographs and details on my early (1980s!) arts activities with The Funnel, a collective of experimental filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists. http://mikehoolboom.com/?p=12552
Mike’s site has many fantastic artist interviews, images, and cultural writings.
Jackfish Ontario, Industrial Ruins (2013)
2-person photography exhibition for Contact Photography Festival.
Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queens Quay West, Toronto. May 10-26, 2013. Edie Steiner and Victoria Piersig explore sites of old industries along the Great Lakes, historic reminders of the labour capital that once shaped the nation.
Image: “Jackfish #1” (2012), from the visual essay “Among the Ruins”, by Edie Steiner.
Conversations on the Lake, one-hour documentary, explores environmental themes in Northwestern Ontario communities along Lake Superior.
Abject Transformations, 2-person photography exhibition for Contact Photography Festival, Arcadia Art Gallery, May 10-26, 2013. Artists: Victoria Piersig, Edie Steiner.
Michipicoten Harbour, Ruins (1), 2012
More in progress!
See the Summer 2012 edition of The Goose, a Canadian journal of great environmental writing: poetry, eco-art, creative and critical essays, for my review of Ursula Vaira’s beautiful poetry collection, And See What Happens: The Journey Poems (2011), which details her journeys along the British Columbia coastline by kayak and Coast Salish canoe. Read it on page 89, and see The Goose for amazing articles, stories, poetry, beautiful photographs and artworks, available free online at the following link.
Welcome to the new version of my website. I have included elements of the previous site and will gradually add new galleries, texts, links, and film projects. To begin, here is a new gallery of recent work, an ongoing series of pinhole images.