Sunday, 28 November 2010

in-between: ecology, community and change

In and amongst lot of reading last week, a small piece of information has continued to return and pester my understanding and it seems particularly pertinent after the last (re)visitings entries:
the greek root of the word ecology is oikos which means house
and the definition of ecology in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is: the branch of biology concerned with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
This feels significant though I am not entirely sure why - it suggests that the study of  relations of organisms to each other and their environment might begin at home, with dwelling, with family, with community; yet this rather closed environment of house and home seems somehow to contradict the meaning of ecology as a wide multiplicity of connections, mutabilities and mutual dependencies.
With a nod to a future (re)visiting of performance and installation at Stapleton Road railway station, I was catching a train there last week and found this attached to the fence of a community garden which now takes up a disused part of the station.

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