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NATURE AS PRACTICE

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Featured Image – Nirmal Ghosh

Conversations Across Art, Science, Ecology and Everyday Life.
NUS Museum – Friday 1st & Sunday 3rd August
Singapore Botanic Gardens – Saturday 2nd August 2014

Nature as Practice is a six session interdisciplinary symposium collaboration between the School of Art Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Curated by Lucy Davis and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa in conjunction with the NUS Museum exhibition, “When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks…” Stories of Wood by the Migrant Ecologies Project.

There are many things that humans do to nature in Southeast Asia. The emphasis in this symposium is upon what nature does to people, about nature as an active partner in human practice, and the modes of human practice that are provoked by encounters with the natural world, as experienced by natural scientists, historians, cultural theorists, artists, writers, architects, ethnomusicologists, ecologists, urban planners and museum curators.

By collating these different activities under a banner of ‘cultural practice’, the objective is to gather together dynamic fragments of culture-nature co-production that both vary across time and context and that also are as resistant to singular storytelling as the diversity of the natural world.

The timing of this conference is opportune, coming prior to opening of the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore and following a series of films and exhibitions about the human relationships with the natural world in Singapore and elsewhere in our region.

More Info and Programme – Nature as Practice.

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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)

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Report and Resources – GALA Workshop on green issues for the sustainable support of cultural mobility, Berlin (Germany), 12-13 March 2014

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Julie’s Bicycle and DutchCulture ¦ TransArtists have developed a partnership dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and how that can be challenged in practical, ethical, and artistic ways, across arts’ and cultural communities across Europe. Based on the concept of a ‘knowledge alliance’ they  have been building a collaborative project with cultural organizations and artists all over Europe and Georgia. This European Knowledge Alliance consists of knowledge hubs (ambassadors/artists and organizations) across Europe on the different ethical, practical and artistic aspects of environmental sustainability. The Green Art Lab Alliance / (GALA), aims to advocate for legacy and standards for the arts and cultural sector on environmental sustainability on the longer term.

On the Move took part in this adventure with Julie’s Bicycle and DutchCulture ¦ TransArtists while co-organising on 12-13 March 2014 in Berlin (Germany) a workshop on green issues for the sustainable support of cultural mobility projects with ITI-Germany and IGBK. This workshop targeted EU funders (public and private) and cultural policy makers interested in including green criteria in the way they support culture and cultural mobility in particular.

Along with this workshop, “Training sustainability!”, a training for ecological and sustainable cultural work took place. This training – supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) – targeted leaders and stakeholders in the performing arts. Experiences were shared at a joined introductory presentation by Julie’s Bicycle and at a “Green Salon” on 12 March 2014.

Finally the participants had the chance to visit in Berlin the sustainable cultural venue, UFA Fabrik.

Download

The list of participants

The programme

The concise report which includes selected key resources

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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)

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Call for Contributions: RACKET! Art in Pursuit of Peace and Quiet

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“RACKET! Art in Pursuit of Peace and Quiet” is a forthcoming exhibition and book that explores excessive sound, a rampant form of environmental pollution.

Artists are invited to address the symptoms of noise pollution or propose its remediation.

Solutions, observations, reflections, defenses, offenses, anti-dotes are welcome.

Noise pollution can cause hearing loss, disrupt sleep, interfere with communication; factor into cardiac, respiratory, neurological, and other physiological maladies; produce stress, high blood pressure, anger, and frustration; lower resistance to disease and infection; cause circulatory problems, ulcers, asthma, colitis, headaches, and gastrointestinal disorders; interfere with children’s language development and learning ability. In addition, excessive noise harms livestock, pets, and animals in the wild. Vibrations induced by sound waves can also damage property.

Curators: Linda Weintraub and Riva Weinstein

Information about submitting a proposal: https://sites.google.com/site/projectracket/

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Your artwork might:

  • Compare contemporary and historic soundscapes.
  • Consider the appeal of dangerous sound volume.
  • Eliminate, suppress, or replace excessive noise.
  • Examine social justice issues related to noise.
  • Provide relief for the victims of noise pollution.
  • Originate a new approach to noise polllution.
  • Harvest noise. Transform it into a resource.
  • Solve a specific form of noise pollution.
  • Visualize or physicalize extreme noise.
  • Depict the effect of clamor on children.
  • Trace the history of ‘quiet’ ordinances.

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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)

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ARTEMOCC 2015 : 1st ARTEM Organizational Creativity International Conference

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26-27 March, 2015 – Nancy (France)

“Rethinking Paths on Creativity and Sustainability”

ARTEM Organizational Creativity International Conference seeks to rethink paths on creativity to move organizations towards sustainability.

The objective of this international conference is to bring together academics, managers, professionals and doctoral students in areas such as engineering, arts and management to tackle the topic of organizational creativity in its different dimensions.

Cross-field approaches that merge management techniques with aesthetics sensibility, engineering solutions with management perspectives, or management analysis with artistic tools could contribute to the provision of solutions that cater for the simultaneous need of financial soundness, organizational stability and sustainability. We especially welcome contributions that cover such approaches, exploring new frontiers for the practice of management in organizations.

To find out more, see the  Call for Papers of the conference (here as pdf) – deadline: October 31, 2014, and the Call for Papers of the Journal of Cleaner Production

Presentation of conference tracks. The following are suggestions of contributions:

- Creativity and Sustainability track: Creativity for sustainable solutions, Creativity and ethics in business, Sustainability and organizational competitiveness, Creativity for social innovation and social entrepreneurship, Institutional challenges to creative sustainable solutions

- Creativity and environmental management initiatives: Creativity and environmental management initiatives, New strategies towards environmental preservation, Prototyping processes and ideas feasibility, Creativity and EMS quality improvement,
Risk management, Life cycle management of products and services, Supply chain management

- Creativity, Aesthetics and Management track: Creativity in design/ architecture/ landscape, Sound, performative arts and device, Work spaces, engagement and performance, Creative industries and economic well being, Representational methods (hands on or performance based), Art Aesthetics and Creativity in Organizations

- Creativity and Innovation track: Sustainable innovation, Creativity and innovation management in SMEs, Measurement of creativity and innovation, Creativity and innovation in the economic downturn, Knowledge management for creativity and innovation, Managing creativity and innovation in virtual context

- Pedagogical track: Views on creative approaches to learning.

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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)

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Call for Articles: Performing Ethos

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Performing Ethos: ‘Performing Ecos’ (special themed issue of Performing Ethos).

Guest editors: Bronwyn Preece (Independent Artist/Scholar), Jess Allen (University of Manchester) and Stephen Bottoms (University of Manchester)

Global climate change is catalysing an examination of ecological ethics. Humanity’s continuing failure to respond meaningfully to the impending environmental crisis has been characterized by philosopher Stephen M. Gardiner as a ‘perfect moral storm’. How are these ethical imperatives currently being addressed through, or as, performance? This edition aims to examine critically how ecological ethics and ethos may be supporting and challenging the current range of practices. ‘Performing Ecos’ will be among the first journal to specifically unpack and foreground the ethics that now underpin performance and/as ecology. The journal will be published in Autumn 2015, and seeks to collate an international response to the following questions:

How are contemporary performance practices being critically challenged by an ecological ethos? How does ‘ecology’ challenge how performance theorists think about ‘ethics’?
What are the ethics of framing climate change and other geophysical processes in terms of performance? (e.g. Kershaw’s article in Performance Research, volume 1 issue 4)
Are the ‘ethics’ of ecological performance being conceived and scribed with the same multivocality that they espouse (i.e. incorporation and/or appropriation of indigenous voices)?
Is ecological performance cultivating, reinforcing or challenging a gendered aesthetic?
How do the aesthetics of ecological performance differ across practices (ecocritical, site-specific, activist) and across continents?
Contributions in a diversity of presentation formats, from formal papers to artists’ pages are invited. Articles should be between 5000-7000 words. (Artist Pages do not need to conform to this designation). Accompanying photographs are encouraged. ‘Performing Ecos’ will include book reviews.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by 15 August 2014 to Bronwyn Preece: improvise [at] bronwynpreece [dot] com. Please include a 100-word biographical statement with your submission. Selected submissions will be due by 31 October 2014, and final drafts will be selected at the end of May 2015. Performing Ethos uses the Harvard citation style. Submissions must comply with the Intellect Journal Style Guide: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/style%20guide(journals)-1.pdf

Additionally, this special issue will include a centre-spread, which will include a 100-word reflective response from contributors to the same question: what is YOUR ethic of performance and/as ecology?

News page: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/weblog/view-Post,id=69631

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Intellect/81012892121

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IntellectBooks/status/487161990188924928

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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)

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The Yes Men: Out-Smarting Capitalism

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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)

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Megacities in Art and Climate Science: Exhibition. Lectures. Symposiums

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Opening Hours:

Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment

Admission free

logo_frontMore and more people are moving to cities. Over 50% of the world’s population are city dwellers, with a continuing upward trend. Many cities reach such a gigantic scale through non-stop influx as well as high birth rates. Tokyo, for years, ranks as No. 1, followed by Delhi, Mexico City, New York and Shanghai. These and other megacities, per definition with more than 5 or 10 million residents are the result of the enormous dynamic of our era. The most diverse perspectives and lifestyles converge in these metropolises. As important political, economic and cultural centers, they play a crucial role in the process of globalization.

We have only recently become more aware of their massive influence on climate change. The results of scientific studies are alarming: although they only make up 2% of the world’s surface, urban regions and megacities use roughly 80% of the world’s energy resources and produce approximately 85% of global greenhouse gas emissions! These cities, however, are not just contributors tot he problem, they are also the victims of global warming. Many of them are situated on coastlines and will have to struggle especially hard with future consequences. The increasingly frequent heat waves are also becoming more drastic. Urban areas are slow to cool down and form islands of heat whose temperature can be, as in the case of Tokyo, up to 13°C higher than the surrounding countryside.

Beginning on May 7, 2014, the ERES Foundation will be the host of an exhibition on this subject and will be holding related events that delve into the phenomenon of megacities as significant forces in global climate change.Megapolis will show how these forces come into being and develop and why these regions have such a high proportion of worldwide CO2 emissions.

Scientists pose pressing questions: Can metropolises like Lima or Santiago de Chile survive in light of the fact that their water and electric power demands are being encroached upon by glaciers melting in the Andes? How can constantly rising demands for energy, water and food be met? What possibilities do megacities have in reducing CO2 emissions resulting from food wastage?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, aside from the worlwide tragedy of over 850 million people going hungry every day, if this wastage were integrated into a ranking of top emitters, it would appear third, after the USA and China. How does Singapore, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, prevent the usual chaos of traffic congestion, noise, exhaust fumes and smog? What are the consequences of covering large areas of the ground with asphalt and concrete? How do we envision intelligent waste and sewage disposal systems? How much does the enormous waste of electric light in neon advertising signs as well as street, building and industrial lighting affect their CO2 output and what are the economic and health consequences involved?

Artists

Georg AerniPeter BialobrzeskiAdam MagyarTon MattonMarjetica Potr?Reynold ReynoldsUrban-Think TankMark Wallinger, as well as architectural concepts and designs from MVRDV, Rotterdam/Shanghai, WOHA Architects, Singapur and Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris, among others

Contact

ERES-Stiftung
Römerstr. 15
D–80801 Munich
Germany

Tel +49 (0)89 388 79 0 79
Fax +49 (0)89 388 79 0 80

info [at] eres-stiftung [dot] de
www.eres-stiftung.de

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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)

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DAS BAUMHAUS

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Das Baumhaus is a collaborative project between neighbors and local & international artists to build a tree house for use as a public space in Berlin-Wedding starting this year. Together they’re acting on the little voice in their heads that says, “What is it I can do to make the world a better place?”

Their answer is to act locally and create a space that inspires people to come together, communicate in meaningful ways and become part of a growing culture of active engagement and cooperation to develop trans-local sustainable solutions.

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Call For Participation

Imagine a place, an informal and inspiring atmosphere, where you can meet other enthusiastic, like-minded people committed to making Berlin and the world a better place. On August 16th, the Emergent Berlin Festival invites you to Spreefeld (Köpenicker Str. 49) to become part of a growing sustainable urban culture.

Emergent Berlin is a one-day event to inform, network, exchange, collaborate, celebrate and have fun with each other in the spirit of becoming active participants in the quest to make Berlin, and maybe even the world, a better place. Emergent Berlin focuses on local projects and finding ways to connect people who are already working for a more sustainable city and those who are interested in the topic. They believe that connecting people means empowering them and their ideas.

For the Call, they are looking for people who are engaged in making Berlin a more sustainable place and who would like to present their work during the festival. There will be rooms and outdoor spaces to hold short (10 min) lectures (Projektpräsentationen) and workshops. For the presentations, each group should pick up a few central questions:

  • What am I doing to help grow a sustainable urban culture in Berlin?
  • What is my current problem/vision?
  • How do I connect with other people?

Please consider a broad spectrum of sustainable impact areas including but not limited to: personal, social, cultural, economic, ecologic & aesthetic.

Send them a short description of your organization / initiative / project / art / performance / workshop / presentation before July 15 and let them know how you would like to participate in this year’s fest.

submit to: emergent [dot] berlin [at] gmail [dot] com

Apart from presentations and workshops, there will be an accompanying program including a groovy party in the boathouse. There will even be a special boat ferry especially for Emergent Berlin guests! They are also looking for people involved in sustainable food initiatives to help make some home cooked healthy food.

After last year’s successful launch of Emergent Berlin, they are looking forward to another fruitful event on the exciting Spreefeld site.

Feel free to contact them for more information.

contact: emergent [dot] berlin [at] gmail [dot] com

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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)

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New exhibition in Singapore from The Migrant Ecologies Project

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Curated by Kenneth Tay and Jason Wee, the exhibition is the latest incarnation of over 6 years of art history-informed explorations of relationships between wood, trees and people from this region.

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Date: 12 June 2014, Thursday
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: NUS Museum

Free admission with registration. To register, please email museum@nus.edu.sg

Guest-of-Honour: Professor Leo Tan, Director (Special Projects), Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

Special guest: Professor Alan Chan, Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Programme:
6.30pm – Arrival of guests
7.00pm – Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Prof Leo Tan
7.05pm – Welcome remarks by Ahmad Mashadi, Head, NUS Museum
7.15pm – Opening address by Prof Alan Chan
7.30pm – Speech by Guest-of-Honour, Prof Leo Tan
7.50pm – Curator’s tour followed by refreshments

NUS Museum presents an exhibition featuring encounters and exchanges between the arts and sciences, between practice and research, between the inquiring subject and the object inquired. An interdisciplinary project, “When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks” is a continued inquiry by the Migrant Ecologies Project into the human relationships to trees, forests and forest products in Southeast Asia – explored in terms of materials, metaphors, magic, ecological resources and historical agency. Beginning with an attempt to trace the origins and stories connected to a teak bed found in Singapore, and set against the macro-context of “cutting of wood” (deforestation) today, the project has evolved into an accumulation of the diverse “aborealities” – connections between the peoples, trees and wood – in Southeast Asia.

The exhibition will feature several new woodprint works by artist Lucy Davis alongside works by photographers Shannon Lee Castleman and Kee Ya Ting. Tales from two “Islands after a Timber Boom” form an underlying structure to the exhibition, vacillating between Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi (where early DNA tests have suggested as the origins of the wood from the teak bed) and Singapore island (where Davis has been researching stories of the local entrepot timber industry in and around the Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate). Fragments of iconic woodblock prints from the NUS Museum’s collection are also reconstructed as animated shadows which weave in and out of the exhibition. A disappearance of forests in the region sees also a similar disappearance of the various stories of wood with their attendant memories and practices. This exhibition is an attempt to re-member and re-animate these tales. “When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks” is a curatorial collaboration between NUS Museum and Jason Wee from Grey Projects.

Exhibition runs till November 2014.

Works are supported by: Ministry of Education Tier 1 Grant, DoubleHelixx, Singapore International Foundation, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Art & Heritage Museum, National Arts Council, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Lee Foundation, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film and The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.

[Image: Together Again (Wood:Cut) Part V: EVIDENCE, Lucy Davis.  Assembled print fragments of a ripped-up log end. Part of what is supposedly the last shipment of teak logs to Singapore from Burma before a 31 March 2014 ban on whole log exports by the Burmese government. The log ends were donated by Allen Oei, an old-time Singapore timber trader and log grader. The letter and number marks were punched into to the timber in Burma. They tell you the grade of the timber and (if you can decode the marks) where in Burma the logs come from. A star apparently means best quality. 125 x 125 cm, woodprint collage on paper, 2014]

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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)

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Brandon Ballengée – Events in Germany

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Brandon Ballengée will be exhibiting and talking in Germany from late May 2014 onwards.  He will be in Berlin and in Lüneburg:

In Berlin

Exhibition at  Art Laboratory Berlin: [macro]biologies II: organisms  (Suzanne Anker, Brandon Ballengée, Maja Smrekar) // 31 May- 20 July, 2014
Vernissage: 30 May, 2014, 20:00
Artist and curators talk: 1 June 2014, 15:00
More information here

In Lüneburg

Praeter Naturam: Beyond Nature  (Lecture)
Tuesday 3 June 2014, 12:15-13:45
Leuphana University (Scharnhorststr. 1, building 3) Room C 3.121
The lecture will be followed by an open discussion with Brandon Ballengée, moderated by Dr. Sacha Kagan (Leuphana University, ISKO / Cultura21).

DFA 186: Hades. 2012. Unique digital-C print on watercolor paper. Cleared and stained Pacific tree frog collected in Aptos, California in scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions. 46 x 34 in. Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.

DFA 186: Hades. 2012. Unique digital-C print on watercolor paper. Cleared and stained Pacific tree frog collected in Aptos, California in scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions. 46 x 34 in. Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY.

Biologist and artist, Brandon Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired by his ecological field and laboratory research into amphibians, birds, fish and insect species found in today’s ‘preternatural’ environments. Ballengée uses art in order to realize scientific research, and science in order to realize art. He is a systemic practitioner and an “ecosystem activist” who stresses public involvement through participatory biology, field investigations and laboratory programs. Since 1996, Ballengée’s primary scientific research and much of his art has focused on the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians.

Brandon Ballengée’s work has been exhibited internationally, incl. solo exhibitions at Museum Het Domein (Sittard, Netherlands: 2014), the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia, USA: 2013), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans, USA; 2011); Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University, New Haven, USA: 2007); and a.o. Documenta 13 (Germany: 2012); 3rd Moscow Biennale (Russia: 2009); Venice Biennale (Italy: 2005); Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (South Korea: 2004). In 2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA).

The lecture in Lüneburg is organised by the Innovation Incubator and the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, in collaboration with the Leuphana Arts Program and Cultura21. The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the federal state of Lower Saxony.

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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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