Dr Daro Montag

Job title
Associate Professor of Art & Environment
Email
daro.montag@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 213871 Ext: 3871

Daro Montag's art practice has, for many years, been involved with environmental and ecological issues - he is particularly interested in the inherent creativity of the organic world. His research and creative practice start from the premise that the natural world is best understood as being constituted of interacting events rather than consisting of discrete objects. This philosophical position foregrounds the significance of process and its residue. In order to make art with living matter the artist has enlisted the assistance of micro-organisms, plants, insects, toads and other creatures. He has also worked with natural phenomena including wind, rain and fire. Much of this work uses the concept of the indexical trace where nature's events are enabled to generate their own image. He completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1994, and a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire in 2000.

Daro's work has been exhibited at galleries in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and the UAE, and published in a number of catalogues. He has also produced commissioned work in collaboration with the Met Office and the Institute of Animal Health. In 2002 he was awarded a prestigious art-science prize in Tokyo. In 2007 he was commissioned to develop an art-science exhibition which resulted in a project entitled 'This Earth'. The subsequent exhibition and book examines the creative and productive potential of soils from a number of different perspectives. This concern about the importance of soils is being further developed, in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, as part of a major project for 2013-17.

Another ongoing project is 'RANE-CHAR', an action in which biochar was produced and distributed as a means of raising awareness and mitigating climate change. This project developed from his participation in the 2009 Cape Farewell expedition to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon as part of a team engaged in the cultural response to environmental change.

As well as leading MA Art & Environment at Falmouth, Daro also runs the research group in Art, Nature & Environment - RANE.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2000
PhD Bioglyphs: Generating images in collaboration with nature's events
University of Hertfordshire
1996
Postgraduate Certificate of Education
University of Greenwich
1994
MA
Royal College of Art
1982
BA(Hons)
Kingston Polytechnic

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2011

Shortlisted for the COAL Art & Environment Award, Paris

2005

The Colour Lab Bursary, Sherborne House, Dorset

2002

2002 L’Oreal Art and Science Foundation Prize, Tokyo

1996

PhD Research Bursary, University of Hertfordshire

1994

Bankers Trust Pyramid Award

1994

Fletcher King Award

1994

Chesterton Award

1992

Arts Council Commission

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Expertise in environmental and ecological art, with particular emphasis on how the arts will help us move away from an unsustainable culture towards a more positive future.

Research centre and group affiliations

RANE Research Group

Research topics

Process Philosophy
Indexicality
Environment
Ecology
Art

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter

Montag, Daro (2009) Leafcutter Ant Drawing. In: Expeditions. CCW Graduate School, London. ISBN 978-1-908339-03-4
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Book

Montag, Daro (2013) Dialogues with Nature. Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin/ Festerman Press, Cornwall, Penryn, Cornwall, UK. ISBN 978-0-9544187-8-6
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Artwork

Montag, Daro (2009) RANE-Char. [Artwork]
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Conference

Montag, Daro (2014) Soil Culture Forum. [Conference]
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Montag, Daro (2008) Artful Ecologies. [Conference]

Events

YearDescription
2009

Art & Ecological Thinking - AIAS conference, Falmouth University

2008

The Creative Footprint, Symposium on art & environment, Stroud Valley Artspace, 11 June. Panel member.

2008

Artful Ecologies 2 – RANE international conference, Falmouth University

2008

The Aesthetics of Life, Symposium on Bio-art, University of Exeter, 14 May. Panel member.

2007

Responding to Climate Change - Day of events, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University

2006

Artful Ecologies - RANE international conference, Falmouth University

2006

Greenhouse Britain University of Plymouth, Symposium with the Harrisons organised by CCANW, 26 November Panel member

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
GBP

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Art
Environment
Ecology

Courses taught

MA Art & Environment

Professional engagement