Yearly Archives: 2014

In Melbourne

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

Ecoartscotland thought that Australasian subscribers might be interested to hear that Professor Anne Douglas, sometime contributor and longterm colleague and friend, is going to be in Melbourne for eight weeks from 1st Feb 2014 on a Mcgeorge Fellowship.  Also in the area at the same time is Sophie Hope, social practice researcher and author of ‘Participating the Wrong Way’.

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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Changing the Climate Conversation

This post comes from Chantal Bilodeau’s Artists and Climate Change Blog

Not Listening

Living Green Magazine just published Changing the Climate Conversation, an article by Kassy Holmes that contains several examples of innovative people who are reframing the climate change issue using art and/or non-formal education techniques. Several of the organizations and individuals  mentioned are listed in the blogroll here or have appeared in previous posts, including Daniel Crawford, Climarte and Cape Farewell. Among works Holmes writes about that have not been covered in this blog, Greg Johnson’s illustrated haiku are definitely worth a look.

Filed under: Climate Communication

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Artists and Climate Change is a blog by playwright Chantal Bilodeau that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.

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Press Release: 5th Anniversary and Launch of NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor

This post comes to you from the Broadway Green Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE

THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY’S ONGOING INITIATIVE

TO HELP BROADWAY BECOME GREENER

BroadwayGreen.com

CELEBRATES 5 YEARS

AND LAUNCHES NEW

NRDC THEATRE GREENING ADVISOR

BroadwayGreeningAdvisor.org

New York, NY – (January 27, 2014) – The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is proud to announce the celebration of its fifth year and the launch of a new online Theatre Greening Advisor. The BGA is an industry-wide initiative focused on enhancing Broadway’s environmental profile by adopting preferable practices and promoting awareness in the creation and presentation of Broadway shows.

In collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA’s early goal was to assess theatre production and disseminate information about environmentally preferable options to the Broadway theatre community including producers, theatre owners, designers, managers, design shops and others. Collectively, the Broadway community has achieved meaningful accomplishments during the first five years of this long-term initiative, including the shift to energy efficient lighting throughout the Great White Way. As a result of this work, Broadway is now a leader in environmental sustainability in the global theatre industry.

Taking this good environmental work to the rest of the country, the BGA and NRDC are now launching the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor—an online guide to help theatres across the country implement environmentally intelligent practices. More than two years of work has gone into the creation of this unique online environmental resource for the theatre community, and it is arguably the most comprehensive theatre greening information database in existence. The BGA and NRDC are making the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor available at no cost to all theatre production worldwide.

The new BGA Greener Lighting Guide, designed to help compare greener stage lighting instruments, will be linked to the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor and both are scheduled to launch today, January 27th, 2014.

BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE:

BroadwayGreen.com

Broadway theatres have replaced all their marquee and outside lighting with energy-efficient bulbs (over 10,000 bulbs!), saving approximately 700 tons of carbon emissions per year; switched to more environmentally preferable cleaning products and appliances; and established recycling, water filtration and energy efficiency programs.

Broadway shows now have a BGA liaison, or Green Captain, at nearly all shows, bringing greener practices backstage.  Green Captains come from all aspects of productions, and sometimes even the star of the show participates in this important role. Bryan Cranston, Alan Cumming, Hugh Dancy, Montego Glover, Harriet Harris and Carol Kane have all served as BGA Green Captains.

Running shows are saving money through reduced waste.  Many shows now use rechargeable batteries in microphones and flashlights, keeping thousands of toxic disposable batteries from the waste stream every month.  Wicked went from using 38 batteries every performance to using only 96 rechargeable batteries in a year!   Many shows also print their own cast-change stuffers — on recycled paper — saving reams of paper as well as money.

Events and initiatives held by the BGA are now part of the fabric of Broadway, including  semi-annual electronic-waste and textile recycling events in Times Square and a free binder exchange (operated in partnership with Actors’ Equity Association) where anyone can pick-up or drop-off binders for use in readings and rehearsals. This keeps binders out of the waste stream and encourages re-use. Over the last five years, the BGA has collected over 15 tons (31,000 pounds!) of e-waste, and nearly 10,000 pounds of textiles.

Outreach programs have brought the BGA to theatres throughout the United States, at colleges, off-Broadway and regional and touring venues.  Internationally, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance.  The BGA reaches theatre professionals and audiences through its website filled with information and resources, and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Today, the BGA also launched the BGA Greener Lighting Guide, in partnership with PLASA.

NRDC THEATRE GREENING ADVISOR

BroadwayGreeningAdvisor.org

The NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor is a free online guide to help theatres across the country to implement eco-intelligent practices. The tool provides BGA members with valuable and detailed information on all elements of greener theatres and productions. The NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor supports the work of all six Broadway Green Alliance committees with extensive resources for greener efforts related to Pre/Post Production, Production, Venues, Touring, Education, and Outreach. This guide helps theatres continue to commit to energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, water conservation, smart paper purchasing and use, and other smart operations. In doing so, theatres and productions across the country are helping to keep our nation’s air and water clean, reduce their contribution to global warming, protect biodiversity, and reduce toxic chemicals use, while seeing cost saving benefits.

“In the past five years, the Broadway Green Alliance has become a part of nearly all Broadway productions, and now is working with Off-Broadway, regional theatres, colleges, and many other venues and shows in and outside of the United States,”  says Charlie Deull, co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance.   “We are grateful to the NRDC for its work on the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor, which will be a valuable tool for the many BGA participants and allies working to make theatre, and the planet, greener.”

“The single most important thing we can do to help save the planet is to change cultural assumptions and attitudes about how we should relate to Planet Earth,” says Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council who helped to co-found the BGA. “By promoting energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction, water conservation and other smart operations, theatres and productions will help keep our nation’s air and water clean, reduce their contribution to global warming and achieve cost saving benefits at the same time.”

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THE BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE (BGA) educates, motivates and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices.  The BGA (formerly Broadway Goes Green) was launched in 2008 as an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and has become a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres in New York and around the country, college drama programs, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country, and through alliances, internationally. www.broadwaygreen.com.

facebook.com/BroadwayGreenAlliance, Twitter: @broadwaygreen.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, and Beijing. Since 2007, NRDC has been a world leader in entertainment and sports greening. NRDC is a principal environmental advisor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Recording Academy, as well as a founding partner of the Broadway Green Alliance. www.nrdc.org

Contacts:

Broadway Green Alliance:

Rebekah Sale, rsale@broadwaygreen.com

Natural Resources Defense Council:

Jenny Powers, jpowers@nrdc.org

Broadway League:

Elisa Shevitz, eshevitz@broadway.org;

Erica Ryan, eryan@broadway.org

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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ESA Arts 2014. Arts and its contexts: cross-disciplinary dialogue

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The 8th midterm Conference of the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts will take place at „Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca from 4 to 6 September 2014, and will be conducted in English. The general theme of the conference is Art and its contexts: cross-disciplinary dialogue.

The Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological context for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven social aspects which characterize the art worlds. A key aim of this conference is to promote collaboration and scholarly exchange between scholars of the arts, to support the presentation of new research projects and to offer inspiration for the further development of sociology of the arts; in other words sociological approaches to art and their tense but promising relations with other approaches by cultural studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics.

Therefore, researchers from all social sciences disciplines, philosophy and humanities, as well as PhD students and artists who are interested in inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue are welcome to participate in this conference and create special sessions. Papers on this theme are invited, with the expectation that they may include a broad nexus of sub-issues around alternative approaches to art and its contexts, the social and the aesthetic, willing to cross the divide between sociology and aesthetics. Proposal deadline will be Febuary 15th, 2014.

The programme will be thematically broad and open for presentations to all core areas of arts sociology.

Call for proposals.

Website and general information.

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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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Welcome to the BGA Greener Lighting Guide

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Welcome to the BGA Greener Lighting Guide, a compilation of manufacturer provided information about live performance lighting instruments. This guide is designed to help you decide which lighting instruments are environmentally preferable.

Background

In recent years, many manufacturers have introduced new lighting instruments, promoting the environmental benefits of their products.  The nature of the “green” claims varies greatly, with no common basis for evaluating products or for comparing greener alternatives.  Developed in partnership with PLASA, the BGA Greener Lighting Guide is intended to serve as a source for high-level and detailed information about “greener” lighting instruments.

Broadways Green Alliance’s goal is to make comparing potential greener alternatives simpler and faster whether for a producer, a technical director, or a lighting designer. As live entertainment interest in greener alternatives increases, decision makers need access to clear and concise information about lighting instruments and environmental claims.

This guide will evolve as manufacturers populate it with more data. More than anything this reference will reflect the needs of you our readers. So tell us what you think by email.

Are you a manufacturer who wants to get involved? Sign-up your products here.

For information on how the Guide is organized and how to use it, click here.

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The Broadway Green Alliance was founded in 2008 in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Along with Julie’s Bicycle in the UK, the BGA is a founding member of the International Green Theatre Alliance. The BGA has reached tens of thousands of fans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media.

At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.

The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.

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Farm Tableaux

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Farmers have been a recurring subject in art, perhaps more often in the background of a religious painting, bringing an edifying moral to the scene.  Their everyday lives have been the subject of poetry, including of course that of Robert Burns.  The Impressionists must be one of the foremost groups of painters to have addressed farming, probably as a result of getting out of Cities and being interested in the everyday and the visible rather than the sublime.

Sylvia Grace Borda’s project Farm Tableaux is a collaboration with Google Streetview photographer John M Lynch.  We get a different view of farming because although the image presented to you is framed when you start, the ability to pan, zoom and move around the space enables to you explore the Turkey Shed at Medomist Farm, or the Farm Shop at Zaklan Heritage Farm in a very different way.  You start in the Farm Shop but you can move out into the market garden plot and then onto the street – it seems to integrate with Google Streetview so suddenly you’re moving house by house through suburban BC.  If you back track you can go back into the farm and back into the shop.  If you explore the market garden you can find Sylvia taking a (different) picture.  Her face is blurred out according to the Streetview conventions.

Check it out here. Give yourself time to explore.

Fascinating.

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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Acting Woodend Barn Director

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Reblogged from On The Edge Research:

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Deadline  13.00 on Wednesday 12 February 2014 Salary to be agreed
Nine to 12 months’ maternity cover, 2 to 3 days per week plus some evening/weekend working at Barn events.

The Woodend Barn is seeking maternity cover for the Barn Director who is expected to take maternity leave from 21 March for nine to 12 months. The interim Barn Director will manage and supervise Woodend Barn staff (2 full-time, 5 part-time) in the operation of the Barn and the delivery of the Barn’s diverse programme.

During the maternity leave, the roles of some staff and volunteers will be extended to provide staff development opportunities and support the Acting Director in covering the role in 2 to 3 days a week. (The Barn Director post is a full-time post.)

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 13.00 on 12 February 2014.

Interviews are expected to be held between 17 and 25 February 2014.

You can download an information pack and application form from Creative Scotland.

This opportunity is available in: Woodendbarn, Banchory, AB31 5QA

For further information, please visit the Woodend Barn website or contact Mark Hope (pmarkhope@gmail.com) or Tony Brown (tony.brown3@btinternet.com).

Brilliant opportunity to contribute to an outstanding organisation – Woodend Barn has a very distinctive operating model, very rooted in its community, very volunteer led, with an exciting cross art form programme and a deep engagement with environmental issues. EcoArtScotland highly recommends anyone interested in models for the future to apply for this.

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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