Yearly Archives: 2014

S.O.S. ACTION Guide is ready for download

This post comes to you from EcoArtSpace

5023249dc5cfdfc14eeeba225263b7e8 The recently completed S.O.S. ACTION Guide is ready for download HERE!

This is the second in a series of ten Learning Guides produced by ecoartspace including replicable social practice public art works. Since 2009, Tattfoo Tan has developed S.O.S. to include participation in certification programs for composting, pruning, and community engagement, then expanded on his acquired knowledge to educate others through his mobile and urban garden projects to address food security and sustainability.

e34f66fd37e72532a32bf85ce9e28004The S.O.S. ACTION Guide was developed to accommodate a wide range of participants including nonprofit organizations, school groups, and individuals. It can easily be used for a weekend workshop, an entire semester, or annual project of self- exploration, certifications, and community projects. The guide is considered to be a reproducible tool for anyone interested in taking action addressing issues around sustainability.The guide is FREE, although we ask for your support and feedback as we continue to seek funding to complete the next eight guides including Katie Holten’s Tree Museum, Fallen Fruit’s public fruit mapping, and more! Please make a donation to ecoartspace HERE.

Guide Authors:

Patricia Watts, Lead Author
Tattfoo Tan, S.O.S. Artist
Ian Garrett, Sustainability section
Chris Fremantle, Food Security section
Christopher Kennedy, Action Steps, Supplemental Activities and Core Standards Alignment
Special thanks to Melanie Franklin Cohen, Staten Island Arts
Supported in part by individual donors from the S.O.S. Indiegogo campaign

Click on the S.O.S. ACTION GUIDE image above to go to the ecoartspace ACTION Guide webpage where you can also download our first guide, the HighWaterLine guide.

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ecoartapace ecoartspace is a nonprofit platform providing opportunities for artists who address the human/nature relationship in the visual arts. Since 1999 they have collaborated with over 150 organizations to produce more than 40 exhibitions, 100 programs, working with 400 + artists in 15 states nationally and 8 countries internationally. Currently they are developing a media archive of video interviews with artists and collection of exhibitions ephemera for research purposes. Patricia Watts is founder and west coast curator. Amy Lipton is east coast curator and director of the ecoartspace NYC project room.

A project of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs since 1999

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Creative Carbon Scotland featured on SciArt in America blog

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Creative Carbon Scotland was recently featured in SciArt in America’s blog article “Creative Carbon Scotland Seeks to Inspire Connections Between Sustainability and the Arts.”

creative_carbon_scotlandThe article highlights our work with arts organisations in assisting their efforts to become more sustainable. Our Visual Arts Research Project was mentioned, with specific reference to our work with the Edinburgh Art Festival this year on their major exhibition Where do I end and you begin. We will be tracking the carbon implications of this major international art exhibition, which brings together curators and artists from multiple countries across the globe. Our research with the Edinburgh Art Festival is integral to begin creating a clearer picture about the environmental effects of international arts collaborations, as well as effective ways to decrease any negative effects.

The article also mentions our work at last year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, during which we collaborated with ecoartscotland, Art Space Nature, artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, and programing professional Chris Malcolm to produce the CO2 Edenburgh project. This project involved the use of carbon monitoring devices to track carbon emissions across the city of Edinburgh during the festivals season.

SciArt in America is a bimonthly publication and blog exploring the shared interests of science and art. Drawing from the established science-based art scenes of the UK and Berlin, the publication aims to highlight sci-art both within the USA and abroad.

To read the full article, click here.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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Highlights: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Guide to Sustainability #edfringe

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be a daunting task. With over 3,000 productions listed in this year’s programme, it may seem easy to get lost in all the activity. The following tips are highlights from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Guide to Sustainability about how to produce and run a sustainable show successfully for the 2014 Summer Festivals Season.

Choose a Green Champion and use the Green Arts Portal

Choosing a Green Champion also happens to be the first step towards registering for the Green Arts Initiative, an accreditation service provided by Creative Carbon Scotland. Selecting a leader for your environmentally-friendly efforts will help guide your production towards its more sustainable existence. Creative Carbon Scotland offers assistance to temporary and permanent venues through the Green Arts Initiative and the Green Arts Portal, which is a monitoring system for permanent venues and companies to track progress through simple, but effective, objectives.

Green your publicity

There should always be the option to use recycled or FSC-certified paper when printing. PR Print and Design and EAE print distribution are two companies based in Scotland who ensure sustainable printing, distribution and print publicity display. As we have mentioned in a previous case study, make sure you are monitoring the quantity of prints you actually use, and reduce print runs when possible.

Plan for reuse

Design your set, props and costumes to be reusable and created from sustainable materials. Lighting plays a big factor in many shows’ carbon footprint, so make sure you use efficient lighting choices. Creative Carbon Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will host their widely successful Re-use and Recycle Days 25-26 August. Companies and productions can bring their used set items to swap for different ones from other productions, all without any extra cost.

Travel sustainably

Edinburgh is an ideal festival city because of its compact city centre. When travelling by foot it not an option, there are plenty of bus routes, tram and cycling options available.

Inspire change and follow #GreenFests

Whether its through green-focused programming and themes or achievable objectives such as using public transport to travel to and from shows, audiences want to know how you are greening your practice. Don’t be afraid to show off your commitment to being green by publicising via print, digital and word-of-mouth channels. As part of #GreenFests we will be collecting this type of information to distribute across our digital channels, so be sure to contact Allison Palenske at allison.palenske@creativecarbonscotland.com to tell us about your green initiatives.

For more guides about bringing a show to the Fringe and to download your copy of the 2014 Fringe Guide to Sustainability, visit the Edinburgh Fringe website here.

 

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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The Yes Men: Out-Smarting Capitalism

This post comes to you from Cultura21

3 July–30 November 2014

Museum Het Domein
Kapittelstraat 6
Postbus 230
NL-6130 AE Sittard
The Netherlands

crop_5830_colw_180“Where criminals use identity theft to prey on the powerless and make money, we prey on the powerful and use their identities and position to get the word out about something that needs to be fixed.”

The Yes Men are among the most prominent and radical activist artists in the world today. Museum Het Domein is proud to present the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands by this provocative duo, the New York-based artists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. Simultaneously, Out-Smarting Capitalismpresents one of the first opportunities to see work by the Yes Men in Europe. Their often spectacular and bold interventions draw attention to the ways in which multinational companies ignore human rights, democracy, and the environment. “This is Jonathan Swift for the Jackass generation, a combination of devastatingly intelligent critique with slapstick hilarity,” writer and activist Naomi Klein said of the pair.

The Yes Men employ a unique method they have dubbed Identity Correction. Bichlbaum and Bonanno pose as representatives of large companies and as politicians on television, websites, or at business conferences. With biting satire they cross boundaries to ask moral questions about how companies and politicians abuse their power. At the same time, they reveal our indifference and inertia in the fight against these corrupt practices. “Unlike Identity Theft, which criminals practice with dishonest intent, Identity Correction is the art of impersonating a powerful criminal to publicly humiliate them for conspiring against the public good,” the duo explain.

Perhaps the most well-known intervention by the Yes Men took place on December 3, 2004. Exactly twenty years after the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, which killed eight thousand people and left half a million more with permanent injury, Andy Bichlbaum appeared on BBC World as a representative of Dow Chemical Company. In front of three hundred million TV viewers, this “representative” explained that Dow was finally taking responsibility for the catastrophe and would be providing twelve billion dollars in compensation for victims and to clean the environment. Due to the Yes Men’s intervention, Dow shares plummeted over four percent within half an hour and the company lost two billion dollars in market value. When the chemical giant clarified that it was a hoax, the company was also compelled to repeat its embarrassing denial of responsibility.

The exhibition at Museum Het Domein functions as a concise retrospective of several memorable interventions, and features videos, documents, and objects from the last ten years, staged within striking settings created by the artists. Their most recent project, The Yes Lab Action Switchboard, will also be highlighted: a populated digital platform that brings together creative activists from around the world and puts them in contact with collaborators and NGOs in order to foster a hotbed of grassroots action. The platform helps to develop ideas, find collaborators, and bring about activities that can change the world. As part of the exhibition, the pair’s most recent film will be shown: The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), which has received numerous awards, including the Berlin Film Festival’s audience prize. At the same time, the exhibition looks ahead to their next film, which will premiere at the end of 2014: The Yes Men Are Revolting.

The artists will appear for a special performance-lecture in the fall. Please refer to www.hetdomein.nl for details.

For other questions, you can contact:
Karin Adams, press officer: T +31 46 4513460 / karin [dot] adams [at] hetdomein [dot] nl
Roel Arkesteijn, exhibition curator: T +31 46 4513460 / roel [dot] arkesteijn [at] hetdomein [dot] nl

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Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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#GreenFests 2014

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

 

Welcome to #GreenFests – our social media and communications project for the summer of 2014!

We will be collecting stories, event highlights, photos and ideas surrounding the topic of sustainability within the arts. Feel free to contribute on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @CCScotland using #GreenFests.

#GreenFests is a resource for companies, productions and individuals participating in the 2014 summer festivals season in Scotland, ranging from hardened green champions to casual spectators with a desire to be inspired. We will highlight the many wonderfully sustainable events happening at the summer festivals in Scotland, starting a conversation and compiling projects with similar themes into an accessible digital resource.

Types of articles and resources that can be found on the #GreenFests homepage include-

  • Resources, updates and highlights for visiting companies and venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to reduce their impact through the Green Arts Initiative
  • Highlights of green-tinged programming across Scotland’s many summer festivals
  • Case studies of exemplary venues, productions, companies, offices and individuals in the cultural sector who are leading the way for a more environmentally sustainable Scotland
  • Information about upcoming events facilitated by Creative Carbon Scotland and our partners such as:

 

greenfests_events_linearo Sustainable Production Drop-in Sessions for Edinburgh Festival Fringe production companies and individuals offering advice and assistance to achieving their sustainability goals
o   Can Festivals Change the World? A seminar, featuring speaker Di Robson, that will bring together those working in the arts and cultural sector to discuss the various reactions and interactions between politics, the environment and art

 

 

green-tipso Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the best on environmentalism in the Edinburgh Fringe and highlighting the different exciting approaches Fringe productions are taking to sustainability.   o Edinburgh Festival Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days, an excellent event for Fringe productions to bring production materials used during the 2014 season to be swapped for items from other productions

o   Information and highlights from our work with Edinburgh Art Festival on their major exhibition, Where do I end and you begin, to explore the environmental impact of an international visual art exhibition and connecting with thematic content of the exhibition

  • Links to resources outwith the Creative Carbon Scotland programme and website

Feel free to send information about green festival events happening in Scotland this summer to Allison Palenske at allison.palenske@creativecarbonscotland.com, or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @CCScotland. And be sure to visit the #GreenFests homepage to receive daily information about the 2014 summer festivals season!

 

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Longlist announced for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2014 #edfringe

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A Walk at the Edge of the World/Photo by Nicholas Bone

The shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, which celebrates the greenest and most sustainable shows of the Fringe that encourage audiences to take responsibility for their own environmental impact, has been announced, with 22 nominees spanning the entire spectrum of the Fringe, from comedy, spoken word and theatre to exhibitions, opera and children’s shows.

First launched in 2010, the award is run by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland, with the winner to be announced on 22 August in a ceremony at Fringe Central.

 

The shows which have been shortlisted for the award are:

● A Walk at the Edge of the World
● Arrest That Poet!
● be-dom
● Dannie Grufferty’s First World Problems
● End of Species
● India Street
● John Muir: Rhapsody in Green
● Mates
● Misa-Lisin
● My Luxurious 50 Square Feet Life
● Out of Water
● Princess Taz and the Fearsome Forest
● Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren’t They?
● Song of the Earth
● SOS – Save Our Spaces
● The Bee-Man of Orn
● The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet
● The Evolution Will Be Televised
● The Handlebards
● The World Mouse Plague
● The Worm – An Underground Adventure

You can find out more on our dedicated Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award listings page.

The List is an independent limited company which started in October 1985. Robin Hodge is the Founding Publisher. The List’s aim is to publicise and promote the wide range of arts, events and entertainment taking place throughout the year across the UK.
Originally focused on Glasgow and Edinburgh with the fortnightly publication of The List, a consumer arts and entertainment magazine of quality, the company is now predominantly focused on its digital activities with coverage of the whole of the UK based around series of award winning websites.
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ASCUS sponsor artists to attend Tipping Point

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

ASCUS Open Call July 2014 (application deadline 8 August)
Open Call to attend TippingPoint Oxford, 21 & 22 September 2014

TippingPoint has provided ASCUS three places for Scottish artists to attend their next major event in Oxford. The allocation is to enable Scottish artists to attend and subsequently be considered for commissions up to £20,000.

Application Deadline: Friday 8 August 2014, 5 pm

Event Dates: Sunday & Monday September 21 & 22 2014

Where: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

faae0f3351355ba41b704c15246da9e4ASCUS has teamed up with TippingPoint and have been allocated three ASCUS places for Scottish artists to attend their next major event in Oxford. The focus this year will be energy, in the context of climate change. The artistic focus for this event will be stories and narrative, though the concept of stories is broad – performance in various forms, visual representations – there are many ways of telling a story. TippingPoint will also be supporting new commissions to a total of £20,000 each for the creation of new stories on the subject.  Full information about this opportunity can be found on the ASCUS and TippingPoint websites.

We believe this is a major opportunity for a wide variety of artists to bring new content and challenges into their work – and to spend an enormously stimulating couple of days.

To make an application to be present you simply need to write to us setting out two things: firstly a summary of your own work, in not more than 200 words, together with links to any relevant web-based material; secondly an outline of why you would like to attend, in not more than 100 words. An accompanying CV is also welcome, but not a requirement. Send this to general@ascus.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August.

Visit the ASCUS website to learn more: http://www.ascus.org.uk/open-call-to-attend-tippingpoint-oxford/

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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