Bring Back British Rail
As founder of the Bring Back British Rail campaign, Harrison was invited to write about the public ownership of our railways for the Green Party of England & Wales’s The New Home Front II (p.41-42) in 2012, which looks to the post-war period for lessons on how to tackle climate change now. (Word count: 709)
A Good Climate for Business
Written by Harrison for Artsadmin in response to her residency at Two Degrees festival in 2011. This text details her attempts to explore the relationship between capitalism and climate change, which led to the development of Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed and Early Warning Signs. (Word count: 2,758)
Early Warning Signs
One of Harrison’s contributions to Two Degrees festival in 2011 and now on a life-long tour of UK arts venues. These four signs are designed to mimic those you might find outside a garage or a Bureau de Change. On a mission ‘promote’ climate change, they try hard to grab the attention of passers-by.
UK Weather Report
For the second of 4 LIVE Broadcasts made over the course of a year (December 2010 – November 2011), Harrison interprets the unusually cold weather experienced in the UK in December 2010. By observing the short-term impact these conditions had on retail sales in the run-up to Christmas, she raises questions about the long-term effect of capitalism on climate change. (Duration: 10:30)
Trajectories: How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality with Our Impending Doom
Harrison’s 2010 thesis, published in four parts by Furtherfield, addresses the ethical implications of continuing to choose the ‘career’ of artist in the 21st Century and presents her manifesto for how best to move forward. (Word count: 8,284)
Altermodernism: The Age of Stupid
Published by Furtherfield in 2009, Harrison’s second essay for her Masters at Glasgow School of Art uses Nicolas Bourriaud’s Altermodern exhibition at Tate Britain as a paradigm for exploring the artworld institution’s lack of acknowledgement and action over climate change. (Word count: 2,528)
How Can We Continue Making Art?
Harrison addresses the fundamental question of whether we can justify the continued production of art in the age of climate change, for her first essay whilst studying for her Masters at Glasgow School of Art. Published by Nottingham Visual Arts Magazine in 2009. (Word count: 3,106)