Yearly Archives: 2015

Call for Ideas – Edinburgh International Science Festival

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Edinburgh International Science Festival is the mother of all science festivals and they have a call for ideas out at the moment (Closing 1 September 2015).  They have highlighted their ambitions for the 2016 Festival as follows,

In 2016 we will transform the halls, gardens, theatres and galleries of Edinburgh into dens of debate, exploring science, technology, engineering and design’s ability to help improve our world and our lives through the concept of Building Better Worlds. Within this theme, specific areas of focus will include Being Human, Our Built Environment, Science and Culture, A Planetary Perspective and Beyond Planet Earth.

More information here Call for Ideas – Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sylva Caledonia (Tim Collins, Reiko Goto Collins, Gerry Loose, Morven Gregor and ecoartscotland) was part of the 2015 presentation at Summerhall curated by ASCUS.  Search ‘Sylva Caledonia’ on this site for some posts covering the Caledonian Everyday discussions.

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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Brandon Ballangee’s exhibition Collapse reviewd in PNAS*

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* PNAS is The Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences

Brandon Ballangee’s work is at once good art and good science. This review draws out both the credibility and context of the work as science as well as the works’ existence as art. It also highlights some of the anxieties for artists if their work is understood as just “science communication”. This anxiety is most notable when the artist is brought in and handed ‘finished’ science with which to work (obviously this doesnt apply when you are both scientist and artist).
The curious legacy of CP Snow is that artists and scientists appear to be in opposition when both are in fact seeking to understand the world, albeit through different means and with different values. If there is a common opposition it might be more rightly understood to be with those who seek to obscure the truth. Not all scientists or artists’ work is involved in contentious areas like pollution (and many artists are providing a feel good escape from the everyday) but the artists we value the most are involved in truth just as the scientists are.
Given that Ballangee isn’t the only artist working with science and scientists it would be good to see more reviews of this sort. 

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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Fringe Sustainable Practice Award longlist is revealed | Edinburgh Festival

The longlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2015 has just been announced. The award recognises the shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that do the most to raise the audience’s awareness of, and responsibility for, their own environmental impact, and is run by the Los Angeles-based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland.

The winning show is announced on the final Friday of the Fringe. Last year’s winners were The HandleBards, for their innovative bike-powered approach to performing Shakespeare, and in 2015 they’ve been nominated once again.

The 2015 longlist includes:

The Braw Buoys: A Cinema in South Georgia
Kompanie Greg McLaren: Atomkraft
CalArts Festival Theater: Bayou Blues
Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum: Calton Hill Geology Walk
FellSwoop Theatre: Current Location
Old Deerfield Productions: Frankenstein
Asylon Theatre: Fraxi Queen of the Forest
Lucy Grace: Garden
Martin Kiszko: Green Poems for a Blue Planet
Paines Plough: Lungs
3Bugs Fringe Theatre: Maiden – A Recycled Fairy Tale
Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative: Ndebele Funeral
Tropism: Photosynthesis
Citizens Theatre: Scarfed for Life
The Vaults: Sing For Your Life
Tim Spooner: The Assembly of Animals
Peculius: The HandleBards – Secret Shakespeare
Rust and Stardust: The Wild Man of Orford
Niamh Shaw: To Space
2Magpies Theatre: Ventoux
Emma Hall: We May Have To Choose

The winner is announced at Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, at 4pm on Fri 28 Aug.

Source: Fringe Sustainable Practice Award longlist is revealed | Edinburgh Festival

Opportunity: Open Call for Biodiversity/Extinction Exhibition

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This opportunity is from Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. with a deadline of 23rd August 2015–

INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL:

“SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: Biodiversity/Extinction”
the 17th international art-sci juried exhibition
organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)
October 10, 2015 – February 28, 2016
at the New York Hall of Science

Today we are learning the importance of the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity for more than its innate beauty, capacity to inspire art, and to lift our spirits. It is acknowledged by scientists and even governments around the world, as the key indicator of the health of our planet’s ecosystems. And, a rich biodiversity underpins ecosystem “services” (such as recycling of nutrients, purifying water, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to our atmosphere, and sustaining habitat for animals and organisms like trees, and seeds that produce food), all essential for human sustainability on our beautiful planet.

This exhibition will demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction. We are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media.

OUR DISINGUISHED CO-CURORS:
Elizabeth Corr, the Manager of Art Partnerships at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

For more information, please visit ASCI’s website.
DEADLINE:  August 23, 2015


Image: Willem Boshoff’s Garden of Words III, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons/Kyknoord

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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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Something from Nothing – Elyssia’s Otesha Journey

5d76e8e8938c031446800a8a62f681b7Friend of the CSPA Elyssia Sasaki is setting off on an Otesha Performing and Cycling Tour this fall — pedaling about 1500 kilometres and using theatre to spark dialogue about sustainable living. This project will provide intersection between her love of theatre and desire to see it as a sustainable practice. Her team will work to empower ourselves and more than 3000 young Canadians about how we can all be the change we wish to see in the world!

She has an appeal for support: To reach my fundraising goals, I have begun “something from nothing.” This is an attempt to take my overburderned craft drawer, full of buttons, yarn, fabric, and fabulousness, and turn these odds and ends into something new made just for you!! In my gallery, you will find an assortment of images. Drop me a donation, and I’ll send something handmade and totally unique your way!  Contact her at elyssia.sasaki@gmail.com to offer your support or CLICK HERE. If you can’t donate, then share share share this campaign!

 

About the Otesha Project

The Otesha Project is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Everyday, the choices we make can and do impact other people and the planet. Our actions have tremendous potential to create positive change. By building community, engaging as citizens, being conscientious consumers and using resources wisely, we can create the kind of world we’d like to live in.

A Sustainability Focused Theatre Group – On bicycle!   

The Otesha Project organizes and trains teams of cycling performers that tour for 2 months, travelling a section of Canada by bicycle and delivering Otesha’s unique brand of empowering theatre en route in elementary schools, secondary schools, community venues and university and college campuses.

Cycling Through Change is our interactive, documentary-style theatre piece that follows three young people as they grapple with “being the change they want to see in the world”, each in their own way (Gandhi).

The comedic cast of high-energy performers use their own bodies as props to create a hilarious take on serious environmental and social justice issues that gets audiences talking and laughing.

The performers involve the audience in creating everyday solutions to global issues, and people leave the 45 minute performance inspired to act on their ideas.

Geared for audiences 12-18 years old, but guaranteed to start conversation among elementary students and older folks as well.

Opportunity: Call for Consultants to Calgary Public Art Program

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This opportunity comes from the City of Calgary (Canada) with a deadline of August 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. MST–

The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in conjunction with the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department, is seeking proposals from consultants to develop a second phase of the groundbreaking 2007 UEP ‘Public Art Plan for the Expressive Potential of Utility Infrastructure’.

Over the past eight years, this Public Art Plan has fostered innovative and award-winning public art projects – both permanent and temporary – and commissioned artists locally, nationally and internationally to engage the community on the broad theme of the watershed which underlies many of UEP’s core services; drinking water, wastewater treatment, drainage and the protection of public health and the environment. The Plan has provided The City and Calgarians with an opportunity to celebrate our relationship with the rivers that define us and to participate in the preservation and stewardship of our watersheds – both natural and man-made.

With the majority of projects complete or underway there is an opportunity to build upon the outstanding success of the original Plan and expand the scope to support the goals of Waste and Recycling Services and Environment and Safety Management, as well as draw attention to our shared responsibility to conserve and protect our environment.

Phase II will foster a diverse range of public art opportunities that allow for artists to be involved in ways that are responsive and contextually relevant – and continue to position The City of Calgary as a leader in public art and municipal environmental protection.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of our city and transform the way Calgarians and visitors see, think and experience the environment around them. Visit calgary.merx.com and download the Request for Proposals (search RFP # 15-1536).

Call closes on August 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. MST. Submissions must be submitted electronically.

For questions, please contact dean.scott@calgary.ca and reference RFP # (15- 1536)

For further information, please contact dean.scott@calgary.ca (dean.scott@calgary.ca), or visit http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Public-Art/UEP-Public-Art-plan.aspx


Image: Calgary Water Centre, via Flickr Creative Commons/JMacPherson

 

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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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Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network

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Reposted from the Valuing Nature blog (Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network)

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers).

Project proposals submitted in this current round (deadline Thursday 22 October 2015) are expected to start by 1 January 2016 and to last for up to two years. A maximum of £125k (£100k at 80% FEC) may be requested. Smaller, targeted activities of three months upwards are also welcome and NERC anticipates seeing a range of requests within the £125k limit, reflecting the range of potential projects and activities.

Full details can be found on the NERC website

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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