Wallace Heim writes, researches and makes art in the median zone where culture, art and human performance meet the other-than-human, meet nature. In these conjunctions of the animate, the material and the elemental, new forms of human experience can emerge; new modes of understanding and action can take shape.
Wallace’s academic writing and research analyses the experience of art works and social practices, to consider how these events shape their social and ecological contexts, and to develop critical frameworks appropriate to the experience of culture in the time of climate instability. Her slant is philosophical, but she works across disciplines including performance and theatre studies, arts criticism, geography, politics and environmental humanities.
She also works as a sculptor and as a writer and producer of sound and theatre pieces.
Awards and affiliations
In 2015, the Ashden Directory, which Wallace edited with Robert Butler, was awarded the The Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Arts and The Environment Network, in association with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts.
She is an Affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University. She is a member of The PLACE Collective, Cumbria. She is on the Advisory Board for the publication series Performing Landscapes. She has been part of the ESRC seminar series Nuclear Futures organised through Sheffield University. She participated in the AHRC ‘Site, Performance and Environmental Change Network’; co-curated the conference/event BETWEEN NATURE; co-edited Nature Performed. Her first career was as a set designer in theatre and television, and, with others, she started the Gate Theatre, London.
The résumé.pdf lists works from these differing careers.
Front page images: research on River Frome, Bristol 2011; cover of Nature Performed, photo by Donna Dunn; tickets for Walden Night at Über Lebenskust, Berlin 2011