CONTEMPORARY ART & CLIMATE CHANGE

I’ve been looking around to see what else in going on in the art world on the topic of Climate Change.

RETHINK is a touring exhibition with an ambitious programme of art, concerts, film, lectures and debate.
I enjoyed reading this in the ‘Information’ section:

Our understanding of the world around us, including climate change, is very much based on information, whether scientific, political, or social in origin and scope. In a time characterised by an ever-growing flow of information, it is, however, also possible for information to have the opposite effect; it can seem overwhelming, impenetrable, and ultimately alienating. For one thing, climate change discussions are often linked to abstract statistics and data that laymen may, quite rightly, find it difficult to relate to. Furthermore, the general information overload has sown doubt as to the validity of the information received. The climate crisis, it seems, is not just an environmental crisis; it is also an “information crisis” or an “epistemological crisis”.

This rings very true for me. And reflects why I believe artists can play an important role in presenting the discussion using visual language to engage people.

Or there is Franke James, a Canadian artist, writer, photographer and blogger. Check out her template for ‘Six Tools You Need for Climate Change Art (and Action)

A great round up of what happened in 2009 can be seen on this page at RSA Arts and Ecology. We were away for the Earth, Art of a Changing World at the Royal Academy but I did catch the Termite Pavilion that was part of Pestival at the Southbank. A brilliant observation of nature, it provides us with some valuable lessons in passive systems for ventilation as well as an insight into an impressive organic form.

Image credit: Joseph Burns

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