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Collision of science and art. On 19 October 2013, Torontoâ€™sÂ Royal Ontario Museum, one of the largest museums in North America, opened â€˜Carbon 14â€™ â€” an art exhibition and four-month programme of theatre plays, talks and seminars about climate change.
Collaborating with scientists and cultural informers in confronting the facts of global climate change, the artists participating in the â€˜Carbon 14: Climate is Cultureâ€™ exhibition respond to various aspects of the climate challenge in poignant, nuanced, subversive, often humorous, and always passionately human ways.
Subjects include explorations of a changing Arctic, the health of oceans, biodiversity and extinction, sustainability and new, clean technologies; and central questions of politics, economics, and ethics.
Imaginative, experimental and eclectic in its approach, ROM Contemporary Culture explores new ideas and new technologies to raise provocative questions about the natural world, living cultures and the creative mind. This seasonÂ ROM Contemporary CultureÂ explores the issue of environment and climate change asking:Â how does landscape change a culture and how does culture change a landscape?
Curated by David Buckland and Claire Sykes, and produced byÂ Cape FarewellÂ in partnership withROM Contemporary Culture, â€˜Carbon 14: Climate is Cultureâ€™ explores the growing global issue of climate change through the eyes of scientists, artists and cultural informers.
Art and science come together like never before in this engaging and provocative exhibition, two years in the making. The exhibition features 13 art installations.
Â»Â Experience the collision of science and art with theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.
Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Festival
October 2013 â€“ February 2014
In addition to theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition, Cape Farewell have developed a rich series of public programs, satellite projects and events that are set to unfold throughout the four-month exhibition run.
â€˜Climate is Cultureâ€™ will be four months of cultural engagement visioning the challenge and the possible future, a unique and powerful narrative engagement with what is one of the most pressing issues of our time, climate change.
â€¢ A performance series produced in partnership with Torontoâ€™sÂ The Theatre Centre, featuring the world premiere ofÂ Sea SickÂ â€“ performed byÂ Alanna MitchellÂ and adapted from her award-winning book; the Canadian premier ofÂ Cynthia Hopkinsâ€˜ multi-media musical performance pieceÂ This Clement World; and special musical performances. The series runs January 26 â€“ February 9, 2014 at The Theatre Centre, Toronto.
â€¢Â The Trial of David SuzukiÂ â€“ a powerful live theatre and public engagement project conceived and produced byÂ Laurie Brown, in partnership with Donnelly Law. The Trial of David Suzuki will be held on November 6, 2013 at the Royal Ontario Museum. (More information below)
â€¢ Public screen-based art projects in partnership withÂ Pattison Onestop, as part of their Art in Transit program, set to unfold on the Toronto Transit System (TTC) subway platform screens, on the Pattison Onestop network of shopping centre screens nation-wide, and on various digital billboards in the city. The first installment of art work in November 2012, featuredÂ Ship of Fools: Artist and Climate Change, with work by James Balog,Â Heather Oâ€™Neill, andÂ Shad.
â€¢ Public lectures, talksÂ and discussions, including theÂ CarbonÂ 14 DialoguesÂ on topics ranging from the changingÂ Arctic landscape, to the theme â€œclimate is cultureâ€Â developed in partnershipÂ with ROM and theÂ Munk-Gordon ArcticÂ Security Program.
â€¢ Satellite exhibition and related programming focused on water at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, Ontario, featuring work byÂ Eamon Mac MahonÂ in conjunction with Surface Tension: The Future of Water. This exhibition runs September 20, 2013 through January 5, 2014.
Â»Â Download your copy of theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Festival and Exhibition Guide.Â (PDF)
Theatre: â€˜The Trial of David Suzukiâ€™
Suzuki stands accused!
Imagine a time when we might find our most trusted and respected scientists tried in a court of law for speaking out against environmental practices. Weâ€™re not there yet, but the â€œTrialâ€ does take the views about climate change of one well-known and controversial scientist, and give his supporters, and those that disagree with him, equal time to challenge each others ideas about our changing environment and how the way we live impacts it.
â€˜The Trial of David Suzukiâ€™Â â€” a powerful live theatre and public engagement project conceived and produced by Laurie Brown, is presented by Cape Farewell in partnership with Donnelly Law and ROM Contemporary Culture as part of theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition.
Â»Â ClickÂ hereÂ to book tickets or for more information on â€˜The Trial of David Suzukiâ€™.
CultureFutures â€“ 27 August 2013:
Art about climate change: a new trend
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