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Creative Responses to Sustainability | Singapore Guide launched!

ASEF culture360 is proud to launch Creative Responses to Sustainability – Singapore Guide.

Creative Responses to Sustainability is part of a new series of guides looking at creative responses to sustainability in different countries in Asia. The first in the series, the Singapore Guide maps cultural initiatives across Singapore engaging with social and environmental issues. Commissioned by ASEF culture360 and authored by Yasmine Ostendorf, the initiator of the EU funded network Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA), this guide will feature a directory of the 20 most pioneering and significant cultural organisations in Singaporecontributing to social and environmental change through their artistic practice.

The second guide for Korea has been presented this month in Gwangju, Korea at the 8th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Cities in Asia and Europe – Cities: Living Labs for Culture? and will be soon available for free download on ASEF culture360. Research for the Korea and Singapore Guides is supported by the Mondriaan Fund. Other country guides will follow in 2016.

These new guides build on the discussions at the GALA / Green Art Lab Alliance and ASEF’s engagement with the topic of artists and climate change in global dialogues around environmental sustainability through itsConnect2Culture programme (2008-2011).

THE FESTIVAL OF CLIMATE IDEAS & FUTURECOAST BRIGHTON

What will the future of climate change feel and sound like?  How will people live, and how will they be affected by a climatically changed world?  How can stories from our possible futures help us to understand climate change in the present?  

As part of a global digital storytelling project about the effects of climate change, ONCA and University of Brighton Media Researchers are running FutureCoast Brighton and FutureCoast Youth – innovative projects that ask participants to imagine a range of possible futures through play. ONCA is also collaborating with the ARTS Project– an EU initiative hosted by SPRU at University of Sussex – on FutureRootscapturing voicemails from people running extraordinary grassroots projects in Brighton.  Inspired by FutureCoast– an innovative online cli-fi game created by US-based experience designer Ken Eklund – players record their own ‘voicemails from the future’ via the FutureBooth – a specially modified phone booth (or simply call 07940 954541 to leave a message). The FutureBooth can be visited at ONCA in the weeks leading up to COP21 in Paris: there are plenty of opportunities for people to record and share ideas about the future.

FutureCoast Youth is a collaboration with Dorothy Stringer School, which aims to empower young people, and culminates in a Young People’s Climate Conference at ONCA on November 30th.


ONCA Festival of Climate Ideas: Understanding issues – making connections – engaging with solutions – celebrating positive action

Nov 30 – Dec 6 2015  

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Daily from noon in the gallery:

  • FutureBooth: What future will you imagine today? Visitors to the gallery are invited to make a call from the FutureBooth, and leave a message from the ‘cloud of possible futures’.
  • Climate Ideas Cafe: Drop in anytime to catch up with the latest from Paris. Tea and toast, newspapers, screenings, and live links to COP21 – news, analysis and artists in Paris. Celebrating grassroots transition initiativesin Brighton and Hove. Audio/ visual installation CASCADE, a chroma.space initiative. Lounge around on the ASSEMBLE PROJECT collaborative sofa by Amelia Kidwell & Lois McKendrick.
  • Climate Chambers: In ONCA’s basement and crypt, artists Ellie Liddell-Crewe and Alexa Povey create spaces for the difficult feelings that climate change arouses.   The bedroom: Is the world that humans are making sometimes too frightening to face? Do you ever just want to make a den or hide under the duvet?   The altar: In a secular scientific culture, can prayer be a valid response to the climate crisis? What is it like to kneel and ask for help? This installation is part of Climate Chambers, a longer term investigation by Feral Theatre into climate change and mental health.
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Events:

Monday November 30th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

11.30am -2.30pm:  Kicking off the festival, FutureCoast Youth participants will present their ideas in role as members of a conference delegation, to coincide with the COP21 UN climate convention in Paris, communicating with their audience their ideas and feelings about climate change, and what they believe should be done to address it. Futurecoast Youth climate delegation – 11.30am-2.30pm, with presentation to invited audience 1.30-2.30pm. Audio recording to be shared with Place To B, Paris.

6pm: Toll the Lost Species Bell. In a simple ritual outside the building, we will toll the newly-cast Bell on Remembrance Day for Lost Species.  For more info on this initiative see the Facebook event page. Followed in the gallery by a conversation on biodiversity and climate change.

Tuesday December 1st

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

6.30pm: ‘This Changes Everything’ dir. Avi Lewis. Screening by Brighton Radical Film Festival

Wednesday December 2nd

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

7pm: Duncan Blinkhorn, Time to Ride/ BrightonCAN in conversation with
Howard Johns, Energy Revolution.

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Howard Johns, author of ‘Energy Revolution’ is an energy engineer, entrepreneur, business leader and activist. After a formative involvement in the environmental protest movement, he set about building solutions, eventually founding Southern Solar – a national solar energy company – and Ovesco, a locally owned renewable energy cooperative. He chaired the trade body representing the UK solar industry, once again becoming a campaigner around energy policy. Howard is convinced we have all the technology and money we need to implement the climate and energy solutions we need.    Duncan Blinkhorn is a Brighton-based cycle activist and founder of Brighton Critical Mass and the Bike Train movement. He will be going to Paris as part of Time to Ride. 

8pm: Film Screening – Just Do It.

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For one eventful year, filmmaker Emily James gained unprecedented access to document the work of a group of environmental activists engaged in nonviolent direct action campaigns across England. Embedded in the activists’ clandestine activities, she captured the triumph, setbacks, secret planning sessions, and feverish passion of a group of remarkable characters. They blockaded factories, attack coal power stations, and glued themselves to the trading floors of international banks — despite the very real threat of arrest. Just Do It gives a thrilling inside look at direct action campaigns, showing how everyday people can use the tools of civil disobedience to make meaningful change.

Followed by discussion about the Climate Games/ COP21/ D12: how has the climate/ protest movement evolved since the making of this film in 2010-11? And, what are the implications of the November 15th attacks on Paris for the planned civil disobedience around the Paris summit?

Thursday December 3rd

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

6-8pm: Thrivability workshop with Bridget McKenzie. 

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This event is part of FutureRoots.  Bridget McKenzie is a researcher and evaluator of cultural and ecological initiatives. If you get funding, you have to do evaluation. Even if you don’t get funding, evaluation is useful to help you reflect, improve and share what works. Bridget is frustrated by standard thinking about evaluation, which either assumes economic goals for success or seeks to show that you haven’t wasted public money. Come and help Bridget develop a new, more integrated and positive framework for evaluating cultural and ecological practice. The key concept of the framework is thrivability, aiming for more generative, biodiverse, mutual and creative communities. We will explore and play with words and pictures to help us define thrivability, and discuss how we can use evaluation to better advocate and spread our practice. How might you use this new framework? How could it be improved? How could it have an impact?   Bridget McKenzie, cultural consultant, more onhttp://aboutbridgetmckenzie.wordpress.com

Please book your space here >>

8.30pm: Film Screening – Beasts of the Southern Wild (12A)

Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Directed by Benh Zeitlen.

Friday December 4th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

5-7pm: Collaborative Futures workshop with Ben and Annabelle Macfadyen.

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This event is part of FutureRoots. If you are working towards sustainability, equality and social change, or simply holding a vision of something you care about, then this hands-on creative workshop is for you. There are many possible futures. How can we acknowledge both the challenging and the positive ones, and relate to them with creativity and resilience?  How do we move towards making the Brighton and Hove we want to see, and what can we learn from each other along the way?  In this collaborative workshop we will draw from Joanna Macy’s Active Hope process and use materials to inspire us in an exploration of positive steps we can take forward. Over the two hours, we will assemble a web of ideas across the ONCA gallery, creating connections and giving shape to our visions. Annabelle and Ben are collaborative artists using performance and visual art to build community and engage with themes of social change and sustainability.  They both trained as ‘Be the Change’ facilitators and bring their shared passion for creativity and positive change from across generations as mother and son.Please book your space here >>

8pm: Cosmo Sheldrake and friends.

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Cosmo is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer whose work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment. Cosmo composes for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, and the Gentle Mystics. Based in London, he has composed music for the Young Vic theatre and for children’s hospitals and hospices. He has released a single and an E.P. on Transgressive Records and is currently recording an album.Other acts include:

Keith Ellis and the Clarinet

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Bar by local fermentation legends Old Tree Brewery.

Saturday December 5th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

12-1.30pm and 2 -3.30pm: World Soil Day! Celebrating CCANW’s Soil Culture and Year of Soil Make a botanical garden out of cardboard. Free workshops for all ages.

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Help artist Davide Di Tarantio transform the gallery into a cardboard botanical garden complete with flowers, insects and soil microbes in celebration of World Soil Day and all things soilish. As we cut and stick, we’ll talk about how healthy soils protect climate and are the foundations for flourishing ecosystems. Come with ideas for plants or creatures you would like to make.Spaces are limited so book yours here>> 

7.30pm: Somehow by this Darkness – a solo play without words by Rachel Porter.  Actor and director Rachel Porter co-founded Feral Theatre in 2007 and devises and directs with Feral.  She has created and toured two other solo shows: Papusza and Songs for Waiting.  In Somehow by the Darkness, sexuality is explored as an everpresent influence on the soma of popular culture. Codified movements are examined, magnified, expanded and pushed to extremes.  Shadowy aspects of the feminine are given permission to emerge. A woman is gradually pulled down from the lofty mantle of her heeled strut. What happens when she meets the ground – when the earth seeps in?  What happens when the goddess calls?

Followed by bar and post-show conversation with the artist.

Sunday December 6: Climate Change Theatre Action

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

4pm onwards: Climate Change Theatre Action performances.

 Harrietbreen, TrygghamnaIn collaboration with NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre Without Borders, ONCA is delighted to be part of Climate Change Theatre Action CCTA. This is a worldwide series of readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change during the months of November and December 2015, supporting COP21.  The main goal of the project is to invite as many people as possible, who may not otherwise pay attention to this history-in-the-making event, to participate in a global conversation. CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries and cultures around a common issue.  As Elaine Avila, one of the co-organizers, notes, “Coming together to tell stories is one of the best ways we have to organize and educate ourselves, to feel and to understand.”  The collection of 1-5 minute plays, poems and songs by 50 writers from all six livable continents, curated by playwrights Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau, and Elaine Avila has been made available to collaborators worldwide.

The Festival of Climate Ideas is part of Coming of Age, a UK-wide programme of events and exhibitions by artists and arts organisations responding to the climate change discussions that are taking place in Paris this December.


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Public art projects that double as renewable energy sources – The Guardian

We wanted to highlight this feature you might have missed about the integration of public art and renewables from LAGI!

What happens when renewable energy meets public art? The Land Art Generator Initiative, or Lagi, founded by Pittsburgh-based artists Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, is trying to find the answer with several proposed public art structures designed to generate power while inspiring and educating their viewers.

The initiative has collected hundreds of designs from competitions held in Abu Dhabi, New York City and Copenhagen. At the 2016 competition, which will be held in Santa Monica, California, entrants will design structures that harvest clean energy or generate clean drinking water.

Read the full article from earlier this month here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/nov/06/renewable-energy-climate-change-land-art-generator-initiative

IMAGE:  This rendering shows an aquatic bird concept, designed by a group of London-based designers, which would be outfitted with enough hydraulic turbines and solar cells to power an entire neighborhood. Designed to educate, it would sink lower when energy demand increases, and would have an open interior area where visitors can see how it works.

Water: A Necessary Conversation – A Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition

November 14-December 6, 2015

The Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA) in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio presents Water: A Necessary Conversation, an engaging exhibition that opens on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The decision by curator Susan King to hang contemporary artworks alongside activist posters strikes a lively visual dialogue between past and present artistic treatments of this important subject. In King’s words: “it emphasizes the enduring human need to manage water resources and the usefulness of art in conveying that message.” The abstract and representational works by twenty artists from across the country range from painting, prints and video to iPhone photography. The activist posters including two Robbie Canal posters are courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.  A stakeholders conversation will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2015 to further expand the public dialogue.

Participating artists include: Elaine Alibrandi, Melissa Richardson Banks, Mariona Barkus, Andrea Broyles, Danielle Eubank, Karen Hansen, Shelley Hefler, Brenda Hurst, Ann Isolde, J. J. L’Heureux, Yana Marshall, Andrea Monroe, Eva Montealegre, Therese Moriarty, Sandra Mueller, Seda Saar, Karen Schifman, Susie Stockholm, Stephanie Sydney, Teresa Young and the “Artists Formerly Known as Women” collective.  The historical posters including two works by Robbie Conal are courtesy of The Center for The Study of Political Graphics.More at scwca.org.

Opening Reception: November 14. 2015 

Dates: November 14-December 6, 2015

Hours: 10-4 pm, Tues.-Sunday (closed Friday)

Closing: Stakeholders
Conversation: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 pm<

Venue: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

ABOUT SCWCA: The Women’s Caucus for Art is the leading national membership organization for women in the visual arts professions. Founded in 1976, the Southern California chapter provides programs, workshops and exhibitions opportunities. Visit scwca.org.

ABOUT AVENUE 50 STUDIO: Avenue 50 Studio is an arts presentation organization grounded in Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles Community, that seeks to bridge cultures through artistic expression, using content-driven art to educate and to stimulate intercultural understanding. Visit avenue50stuio.org

ABOUT THE CURATOR: Curator Susan King is an art historian and artist who currently teaches at Loyola Marymount College and Laguna College of Art and Design. Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary art and design. She will become national president of WCA in February 2016

ArtsBuild Ontario Workshop Info: Dollars to $ense Energy Conservation Workshop

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to be partnering with Natural Resources Canada and Toronto Hydro to offer our organizations this valuable energy conservation training experience. Designed specifically for arts facilities, participants  get to know energy basics and discover cost-saving opportunities from the experts. Whether you’re involved in a new build, renovation or ongoing maintenance in your facility, Energy Conservation can help you realize potential saving –and this workshop will help you understand how!

DETAILS

When: Tuesday, December 1 at 8am – 4pm

Where: Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1J6)

Cost: $40+ HST per person, which includes a catered lunch and breaks

Register here: http://bit.ly/1Nep1zx

Professor of Art and Ecology/Land Arts of the American West Endowed Chair

The Univeristy of New Mexico is looking for a Full Professor of Art and Ecology. This is a tenured appointment with five-year renewable contract as Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) Endowed Chair. Full time. Works with LAAW Field Program Director and area faculty to further develop the LAAW program and increase the national and international profile of Art and Ecology at UNM. Directs the Land Arts Mobile Research Center and administers the existing Andrew W. Mellon grant. Must have the desire and ability to work with and further attract a diverse student population.

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city of 600,000 on the Rio Grande at an altitude of 5,200 feet. Albuquerque’s historical pluralism gives the city a fascinating mix in terms of its arts, cuisine, languages, and values. The University of New Mexico is a large, diverse state university with a faculty of over 3,000 serving approximately 32,700 students. The Department of Art and Art History offers the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA or PhD in Studio Art or Master’s with 7 or more years of experience in the field of Art and Ecology
  • 7 or more years as an exhibiting artist/published scholar with an extensive international record
  • 7 or more years of expertise in Environmental Art, Eco Art and/or Social Practice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in administration of academic programs and/or private enterprises
  • Extensive creative research demonstrated by local, regional, or national record of public engagement
  • Conversant in contemporary issues of theory and aesthetics, especially as they relate to environmental and ecological art, and an ability to teach related courses
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with experience at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

More Details: unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85080  

MASKBOOK.ORG IS ON LINE, WITH OVER 200 MASKED PORTRAITS

Art of Change 21 is happy to officially announce the launch of maskbook.org: a gallery of masked portraits in three languages (French, English and Chinese) that already includes more than 200 participants from all over the world!

Maskbook is the first international and creative action on the link between health and climate, launched by Art of Change 21 for COP21 (The UN Conference on Climate Change, Paris, December2015), supported by the artist Olafur Eliasson and the social entrepreneur Tristan Lecomte.

Whether masks are made with depolluting plants, plastic, electronic waste, with a 3D printer or original objects, the masks come together but are all unique! Diversity of materials but also themes are celebrated: concerns such as ice melt, waste management or biodiversity.
Citizens, artists, designers, makers, ecologists, children, senior citizens, celebrities and are all part of the adventure. Everyone is invited to take action.

PARTICIPATE

Be part of this amazing masked journey.
You can send your portrait by clicking here. You can also share it on social networks by changing your profile picture on Facebook and using the hashtag #Maskbook on Twitter and Instagram.

We are many, join the movement!

De gauche à droite: "Das Auto" porté par Léni Clause (10 ans, France), "Green Mouth" porté par Alma Molsted Andersen (Danemark) et "Filet de Gloire" porté par Cheng Peien (3 ans, Chine)

From left to right: “Das Auto”, by Leni Clause, (10 years old, France), “Green Mouth” by Alma Molsted Andersen (Denmark), “Breathe” by Cheng Peien (3 years old, China)

MASKBOOK’S AGENDA

During COP21 Maskbook will hold an exhibition within the Grand Palais withSolutions COP21 and the Bourget with Générations Climat.
Maskbook will also be at the World March for Climate the 29th of November (come join the masked march with us in Paris!)

MASKBOOK WITH THE CHINESE PEOPLE
In China, Maskbook’s adventure is currently underway. The Maskbook workshops have been launched during Beijing Design Week, as well as a dedicated WeChat page and a launching event will take place the 20th of October in Beijing with the support of the French Embassy in China.

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Maskbook project led by Art of Change 21 is labelled “COP21” by the French government and “Paris for the climate” by the City of Paris, under the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

ABOUT ART OF CHANGE 21

First initiative in the world to combine Art, Social Entrepreneurship and Young people, the NGO Art of Change 21 brings together 21 artists, social entrepreneurs and young leaders in climate and environment from 12 countries. Art of Change 21 aims at influencing positively COP21 and the next COPs, and to act in favour of climate and ecological transition thanks to culture, digital and co-creation. The association was founded in 2014 by Alice Audouin, recognized expert in sustainable development and pioneer in France of the link between art and sustainable development.

You want to organize a Maskbook workshop? To welcome a photobooth? To receive an exhibition of portraits or masks? To do a video mapping projection of portraits? You want to support Maskbook? Join our sponsors, ADEME, Orange, Rexel, Generali, Hédonie and Blue Solutions to give the project its international ambition.
Contact us by email: maskbook@artofchange21.com

To download the Press Release : Here

College Green Captain News from the Broadway Green Alliance

Anyone can volunteer to be a College Green Captain just as anyone from a Broadway production can.  We have nearly 50 Green Captains on Broadway; at every production and at many theatrical unions. Folks volunteer to be a Green Captain because they care about the environment and about helping us spread the word that its easy being green-er. Many of the greener changes are also money-saving and increase efficiency. If you are wondering how to make a greener change at your theater department reach out to us as we would be happy to let you know how we do things greener on Broadway. Write green@broadway.org.

We currently have a BGA Green Captain at every Broadway show!

College Green Captain Prize will again be offered for 2016

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is happy to announce that we will once again be offering a College Green Captain prize for an outstanding College Green Captain.  The award will be presented at USITT in March in Utah and the deadline to apply will be March 1st, 2016. The winner will receive tickets to a Broadway (or touring) show and a meeting with a Broadway Green Captain. For details on how to apply please go here.

Greening College Campuses

One man’s trash is…well, you know how it goes!

And, for a group of students at the University of New Hampshire, this maxim is the cornerstone of their campus program, Trash 2 Treasure, and the national non-profit organization that grew out of it, the Post-Landfill Action Network(PLAN). These are projects that strive to decrease college campus waste and work towards zero-waste campuses. By collecting student goods during spring move-out and selling of them come fall semester, for instance, students are able to reduce waste and offer students dorm appliances and décor at cheap prices. Other colleges even have student-run thrift stores that sell recycled products! Such zero-waste college campus initiatives are great ways to get involved in campus and make a positive impact. Does your school have any end-of-the-year waste reduction programs? If not, now is the perfect time to connect with other students and plan a green event for spring.

Spreading the Word of Sustainable Theatre

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by Maddie Price
Gettysburg College ‘15
Green Design Intern, Summer ‘15

Never underestimate the power of publicity! College Green Captains, what’s the good of all the great plans you have for greening your school’s theatre if no one knows about them? Spreading the word about your theatre department’s sustainability initiatives, both internally and externally, will help you promote a culture of sustainability with greater participation in eco-friendly practices within the college theatre and across campus!
First, to ensure success of your college theatre going green, you need to get your colleagues on board! Talk to your peers–ask for their input for how to best green your theatre program during your day-to-day activities, whether in the green room or behind the scenes of a show. Talk to faculty about promoting eco-friendly habits, both in the context of theatre classes and rehearsing shows; be sure to talk to staff in all areas of production, from the costume shop to the light booth. Ask the administrative office about creating signage and email blasts with reminders about sustainability policies.

Furthermore, consider sharing the news about your green college theatre to the greater campus community, especially if there are initiatives that audience members should be aware of (such as recycling or bringing reusable water bottles) when they come to see your shows! Are there any cool set pieces/costumes/props made from salvaged materials? Snap a photo and share it on social media! (see below for our tags). Does your campus have a student-run newspaper or radio station? Can you make announcements through student government? Even when making Facebook events for upcoming productions, post reminders about how to go green in your theatre building. Furthermore, if your school has made environmental sustainability a greater priority among higher administration, such as through an Office of Campus Sustainability or a faculty Sustainability Board, see how you can contribute your input. They would probably love to hear about students bringing sustainability to the performing arts–think how it can be pitched as a unique, inspiring story to stakeholders that may even make it into college publications! While many schools today have signed onto the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, many have yet to discover that making strides in environmental sustainability can be found in theatre arts!

Action

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Top Five Tips for Greener Dorm-Living by Barnard College CGC Samantha Jakuboski

You don’t have to give up a life of luxury or be a tree-hugger to go green in your dorm (although there is nothing wrong with embracing the occasional tree now and then.) Here are some of my favorite ways to “greenify” my dorm living:

  1. Bring a lot of underwear to college. This way, you won’t have to do as many loads of laundry and you can save both water and energy– not to mention time, because, really, who has time to do laundry in college?! And if you are doing laundry wash in cold water with a small amount of earth friendly detergent. 
  2. Plastic water bottles are so last century. Embrace the reusable water bottle. As a college student, proudly sport your bottle around campus. CAUTION: People will envy you and your super cool bottle.
  3. Who says that saving the environment means living without a mini-fridge and giving up those midnight ice cream cravings? Energy Star appliances are your friends. Buy them. See a full list here.
  4. Natural is the new black. So ladies, put down those energy-consuming curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers and embrace those luscious waves and curls. (OK, so maybe this tip is a bit tree-huggerish, but I still think natural is sexy!) If you’re not up to natural hair then at least write BGA for a t-shirt (made of recycled plastic!) and wear that to show you care about green instead.
  5. Make use of power strips. I like to plug my strings of lights into one powerstrip and all my chargers in another. This way, when I want to shut all the lights off and when I want to decrease my use of vampire power when I am not using my chargers, all I have to do it turn off one switch.

SPECIAL OFFER:  GET A 20% DISCOUNT on “A Practical Guide to Greener Theater” by BGA Education Committee members Ellen Jones with Jessica Pribble and Paul Brunner. Use code FLR40. Go to http://ellenejones.com/ for more info.  

Assistant/Associate Professor of Wood and Sustainability Arts Arizona State University

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Wood and Sustainability Arts, School of Art Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional artist in the area of Wood and Sustainability Arts for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the assistant or associate professor level beginning fall 2016.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines, serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth
largest city. champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With 4,700 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degrees and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, The School of Arts, Media + Engineering, The Design School, The School of Film, Dance and Theatre, The School of Music, and the Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, the Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life.

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States, and situated in the Sonoran desert, the school supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies; an online BA in art history; Bachelor of Fine Arts () in Art with concentrations in art education and a broad number of mediums; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the school participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on both the Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses.

This position will strengthen the broader vision of the School of Art in connecting the well-established materials based practices in a contemporary and vibrant manner. A hallmark of ’s wood arts program respects craft and design traditions while embracing alternative materials/methods that cross boundaries with other art and research disciplines. The successful candidate will have an expertise in a broad range of sculptural and design processes specific to working with wood, and will demonstrate the potential to develop research and programmatic offerings related to “sustainability.” Artists may define their relationship to sustainability practices in many ways including but not limited to “ecological art” or “environmental art”. The School of Art seeks candidates capable of joining with others to expand the vision of sustainability research; building bridges with other disciplines in the school, the Herberger Institute, the university and/or the community.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a research agenda related to their expertise in wood and sustainability arts and actively participate in the and degree programs in the School of Art and degree programs in the School of Sustainability. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to formulate and instruct a variety of course offerings on both undergraduate and graduate levels, including studio and seminar courses, and mentoring graduate student thesis projects. Additional responsibilities include studio maintenance, budgeting,
oversight of safe studio practices, and service to the sculpture and sustainability programs in the form of committee participation, curriculum development, and student advising is expected. An interest in contributing to ’s highly regarding online degree programs is a plus.

Required Qualifications: Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree; strong evidence of professional activity in the field. University/college teaching experience beyond the TA level. Evidence of research or demonstrated potential to achieve national/international recognition in creative research and/or scholarship related to wood and sustainability arts.

Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to teach all levels of wood arts, including but not limited to fabrication, joinery, carving, and lathe turning. Knowledge of and proficiency with digital production techniques related to wood such as laser cutting/engraving and milling.

Instructions to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest addressing creative research, teaching and work experience. Include curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, two course syllabi and evidence of creative work in the form of twenty images (.jpg format, 1200 max. pixel width), with a separate image list. Ten separate images of student work are encouraged. Applicants advancing to the second round of review will be asked to provide additional materials.

Applications by e-mail are preferred; submit all materials to: Theresa.McDowell-Blanken@asu.edu

Applications sent via mail must be addressed to:
Chair, School of Art Search Committee, Wood/Sustainability
c/o Theresa McDowell-Blanken, Specialist to the Director, School of Art
PO Box 871505
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1505

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.

Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin immediately; however, for best consideration, application materials should arrive by the deadline, December 1, 2015. If not filled, reviews will occur weekly thereafter until the search is closed. For information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, please visit our website: herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

 

Kira O’Reilly to lead the new MA pilot in Ecology and Contemporary Performance

Photo: Roberto Foddai

BA Kira O’Reilly has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Ecology and Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki for the period 1 January 2016-31 July 2018. As part of the post, O’Reilly will also be leading the new MA pilot in Ecology and Contemporary Performance. The pilot degree programme is taught entirely in English.

Kira O’Reilly hails from Ireland and is currently residing in London. Starting in 1997, she has had a long international career in performing arts. O’Reilly’s artistic work has a strong focus on the current discourse in ecology and performing arts. Her works during the last few years include, among others,inthewrongplaceness (2005 – 2009) at Casino Luxembourg, Refolding (Laboratory Architectures) (2011) at The Arnolfini, and the position of Thinker in Residence at the SPILL 09 festival. In Finland she has previously taken part in the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival and Field Notes events during the 2000s.

O’Reilly has an extensive international network based on her artistic work as well as her teaching. She has previously held the position of Lecturer in the Time Based Arts degree programme at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2008-2009, as well as that of Lecturer in Performing Arts at Cheltenham and Gloucester College 1999-2000. Additionally, she has been Visiting Lecturer at a number of universities since 2001, e.g. in Great Britain, Sweden, the US, Ireland, Canada and Australia. She has also published numerous articles within the field of performing arts.

The MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MAECP) is the Theatre Academy’s new master’s degree pilot starting in 2016. It focuses on performing arts in the current era of ecological crisis. MAECP investigates different forms of performance and performing arts, their methodology and theoretical bases in the borderland of science and the arts. Its aim is to develop co-operation, interaction and methods of performance, as well as develop the foundation and practices of work that transcend the borders between art and science. In this manner it strives to respond to the challenges posed by the ecological crisis that will affect all species.

MAECP is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s internationalization as well as the goal of developing multiform interaction with society at large.

http://www.uniarts.fi/en/newsroom/kira-o%E2%80%99reilly-lead-new-ma-pilot-ecology-and-contemporary-performance