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B/A Speaker Series: Greening the Arts Sector

You want your arts organization or project to be green, but you don’t know how to go about it? A great place to start is by tuning in to the Business / Arts Speaker Series next Thursday, May 26 for an introduction to the Creative Green Tools Canada with Devon Hardy.

Join us on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 for a conversation on greening the arts sector!

In this session with Devon Hardy, Program Director of Creative Green Tools Canada, we will explore strategies for improving the sustainability of our cultural institutions. Together, we will learn about the Creative Green Tools Canada (“CG Tools”), a free set of carbon calculation and reporting tools that allow organizations in the arts and culture sector to record, measure and understand the impacts of their venues, offices, tours, productions, festivals and more. During our discussion, we will consider the benefits of integrating these tools into our cultural facilities and programs as well as demonstrate how they can be put into practice.

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2316527134504/WN_algNGiLGRQ2CxI7okHhxaw

Climate Justice Tea Time

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Blooming Ludus invites you to Climate Justice Tea Time 2022!
기후위기를 이겨내기 위한 티타임에 블루밍루더스가 여러분을 초대합니다!

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(*한국어 설명은 아래에 있습니다.)

DATE: Saturday 28 May 2022

TIME: 9am Atlantic (GMT-4) / 1pm UK (GMT) / 10pm Korea (GMT+9)

ONLINE – *The link will be sent to your email by 12 hours before the event.

Pay what you want! This is not a funded event. Your support and contribution are very much appreciated. You can pay us here: https://ko-fi.com/bloomingludus

Are you an artist feeling like the climate crisis is getting you down? Come and have a tea with us!
Climate Justice Tea Time is opening again!! We welcome anyone working in the field of arts, including artists, arts admins, staff, and academics… you name it! This is a place to connect, share ideas, and support one another across time zones. 

Blooming Ludus hosts this informal discussion exploring our responsibilities as artists within the climate crisis. Whether you are an expert who has been making climate centred work for years or someone who is just coming to the table wanting to make their practice greener, this is a place for us to connect, share ideas, and support one another. Grab a morning/lunch/evening tea and we’ll see you there!

Please contact us at bloomingludus@gmail.com if you have any questions about the event or accessibility concerns.

Blooming Ludus is a tiny international participatory theatre company based in Korea and Canada. We create climate art projects exploring our connection to the planet and each other since 2015.
Find out more about us at https://www.bloomingludus.com

*The session will be run in Korean and English. Please bring patience and an open mind with your tea.
*This is a safe space for everyone – all genders, all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all ethnicities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, etc. As an international team, we strive to create safety for all. Please be respectful to other participants and staff members, and be aware of the privileges you bring to the space. We will send you our online safe space policy with the link for the event – please read before attending.

Register here: https://forms.gle/TxXe5CfVTwo2Puvc7
Pay what you can here: https://ko-fi.com/bloomingludus

Creative Green Tools Canada

After two years of hard work and development, we will be officially launching Creative Green Tools Canada this Earth Day, April 22nd. 🌎

Join us for our live digital launch event, featuring addresses from some of the CG family and a very special musical guest!

We want to take a moment to thank our wonderful partners! Your unwavering support and feedback have been an essential part of this work. We can’t wait to see where our work together will lead us!

This work could not have been possible without Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada whose generous contribution of half a million dollars has made the launch of Creative Green Canada Tools a reality.

This launch would also not be possible without The Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and le Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables – CQEER- Les Vivats who house this program, Julie’s Bicycle whose brilliant work and innovation paved the way, and of course, the tireless support of the Quebec Drama Federation.

We cannot wait for Earth 2022 and to take a major step with the canadian arts and culture sector towards a greener Canada.

To learn more about Creative Green Tools Canada, check out our brand new website!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!

READ OUR PRESS RELEASE!

Water/Ways Thinking Downstream

On April 1 the Water/Ways exhibition opens at Massoni Art
An opportunity to view each artist’s unique vision of this essential environmental element

MASSONIART
203 High Street
Chestertown MD 21620
410.778.7330

Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium.  There is no life without water.

-Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Featuring Eve Stockton, Simma Liebman, Grace Mitchell, Lisa Lebofsky, Wendy Prellwitz, Catherine Kernan, Katherine Cox, Kathryn O’Grady, Blake Conroy, Jonathan Mort, Deborah Weiss, Heidi Fowler, Leslie Grisby, and Emily Kalwaitis.

info@massoniart.com
https://deborahweiss.com/paintings/time-place

Earth Celebrations’ Ecological City – Art & Climate Solutions Workshops

Learn about local urban climate solutions, from green infrastructure to mitigate climate impacts to natural carbon reduction solutions. Research, explore and creatively interpret these sustainability initiatives through visual art, performance, music, dance and poetry. Learn #sustainable processes – #mycelium sculpture, #kombuchaleather, #bioremediation art, #ecoprinting, #naturaldyes, #papermache, #clay, #bamboo, #livingsculpture #recycledmaterials.

Participate with Earth Celebrations’ Ecological City: Art & Climate Solutions Action Workshops and collaborate with our artists-in-residence creating visual art, giant puppets, costumes and performances to be presented in the culminating Ecological City: Art & Climate Solutions Pageant celebrating climate solution initiatives throughout the community gardens neighborhood and waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City.

ARTS & CLIMATE SOLUTIONS WORKSHOPS
March 5 – May 11
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm | costume with artist Soule Golden l bio-arts with Kathy Creutzberg
Saturdays 12pm – 4pm | puppet with artist Lucrecia Novoa
LOCATION: Earth Celebrations @ Sixth Street Community Center
638 E. 6th Street (btw. Aves. C & D) Lower East Side, NYC

Ecological City: Cultural & Climate Solutions Action Project applies the arts to build community, collaboration and action on climate solution and ecological sustainability initiatives throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City, and the importance of these local efforts to city and global climate challenges.

FREE – REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE (limited tickets)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-celebrations-art-climate-solutions-workshops-tickets-130886816993

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.earthcelebrations.com

Picturing Climate Change – Incorporating the Arts to Create Land Rehabilitation

Picturing Climate Change
6pm GMT* Monday 21st March
Livestreamed through Youtube

[North American attendees – Note: Daylight Saving Time begins March 13th, making an event start time of 11am PST/ 2pm EST on March 21st.   

Picturing Climate Change is a free online event exploring the role of photography in ‘what is seen and unseen’ in relation to climate change, both from the ground and from the air. It has been programmed to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Forests.

Street Level Photoworks are pleased to host this event in collaboration with climate artists Sylvia Grace Borda (Canada) and J.Keith Donnelly (Scotland), along with contributions from the Rural Association of Betterment of Agro-pastorialists (Ethiopia) and in partnership with NASA’s Crew Earth Observation team (NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas).

The event will provide unique insights into some global climate arts and imaging projects across a series of presentations.

Borda and Donnelly will discuss the role of photography, land art, and community engagement in co-producing contemporary climate photoworks, including their project Internet of Nature for the City of Dundee, which is a virtual panorama of parks profiled from the ground perspective of small creatures, and their pioneering collaboration with the Oromo communities in Ethiopia co-creating photo-artworks that raise awareness of climate change from both the air and the ground.

The Director of ROBA Hussein Watta and Ethiopian urban planner Nura Beshir will discuss the Ethiopian-based project Trees for Life and how culture, trees, and community innovation facilitated through arts and photography can support impactful community resilience and climate mitigation.
A short presentation by Street Level will focus on recent projects around climate change, including a screening of the short film By Leaves We Live, film made in collaboration with local school children from the Gorbals and inspired by COP26 themes. Directed by Basharat Khan and supported by Stella Rooney, it is part of Street Level’s Culture Collective programme which sees artists working with local communities in a range of photography and film projects.  

Kenton Fisher leads the Earth Science and Remote Sensing (ESRS) group within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at Johnson Space Center.Fisher will present a visually stunning and in-depth dialogue about NASA’s first space missions, and the earth imagery captured by satellite and other resources, which highlight both the seen and unseen spaces of the earth which collectively illustrate the ongoing changes and impacts of climate change.

The forum is supported by the British Council Creative Climate Commission and with associates from NASA’s Crew Earth Observation team, Women4Climate, Dundee City Council, Dundee UNESCO City of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Canada) and ROBA with community participants from schools at Kofele, Koma Mamo, Gormicho, and Usula Moke in West Arsi Zone, Ethiopia.

A publication from the forum will be launched later in the year. 

https://www.earth-art-studio.com/

Q35: Decolonizing Ecologies

This issue of CSPA Quarterly destabilizes Colonial Settler perspectives in ecological art practices. By bringing together artists and writers who re-center BIPOC, and particularly Indigenous, voices in decolonial eco-art, this issue proposes a different way to view ecology. These artists each offer an incisive critique of a Western model of land-engagement, and its roots in ownership and exploitation.

Radical Ecology: Media Art and the Environment

As London’s foremost forum for pioneering media arts, we present Radical Ecology, an online event in collaboration with National Gallery x

Tue, November 23, 2021
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM EST

Register for free HERE

About this event

Speakers:

Aphra Shemza | Ben Eaton (Invisible Flock) | Sarah Craske | Frances Disley

“Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Sir David Attenborough, A Life on Our Planet, 2020.

In the aftermath of the COP26 climate summit and the global demonstrations that call for immediate action to prevent catastrophic global warming, Radical Ecology looks to art as a forum where future possibilities can be imagined and provides a discursive setting to explore these subjects in a media art context. 

If we think of art as a tool with which artists are able to raise questions about our human existence, the lives we lead and the society we inhabit, then media artists are right at the forefront of this discourse. They work with technology and innovation, looking towards the future and are forced into a dialogue with our throw-away consumer culture as part of their process. 

Using the National Gallery’s collection as a starting point, we will investigate the environment and landscape as a source of artistic inspiration and contemplation. Radical Ecology invites Ben Eaton, Sarah Craske and Frances Disley to explore climate change, ecology, sustainable practice and conservation within relation to their work. 

Register for free HERE

(Image: Aphra Shemza, Current Climate, 2019.)

Ecoscenography Reading Group for November

The Ecoscenography Reading Group welcomes all who are interested in a broader discussion on ecological design, primarily in live performance

Welcome back to our third and final Ecoscenography Reading Group of 2021!

Our upcoming session will be held virtually on November 22nd at 7:30pm Toronto time (GMT-4) / November 23rd at 10:30 am Brisbane time (AEST) through our Zoom Webinar platform hosted by The Queensland University of Technology. Upon registering with our Eventbrite link, you will receive access to the selected plays that will be explored in this session. We encourage you to have a read of these plays beforehand to engage in our Q&A with our panel and attendees. Our November Reading Group will be working with three texts selected from the Climate Change Theatre Action’s (CCTA) 2021 call-out that addresses the central themes of Growth and Reflection. We will be joined by guest live performance designer panellists, Ian Garrett (Toronto, CAD), Bronwyn Pringle (Melbourne, Australia) and Tony Brumpton (Brisbane, AUS). Our discussion will explore ecoscenographic responses to the plays, particularly how spatial, lighting and sound designers can create sustainable, unique and provocative experiences that forefront ecological issues.

To learn more, please visit: Ecoscenography Reading Group

Our selected CCTA plays for the November Ecoscenography Reading Group are:

Whistler by Giancarlo Abraham (Philippines)

Envisioning a Global Green New Deal through the history of an ever-changing landscape. Communication and misunderstanding with human displacement.

Molong by Damon Chua(US/Singapore)

Connection to the land and the spiritual tie that beats the scientific statistics. Indigenous peoples make up about 6% of the world population but inhabit more than a quarter of our planet’s land area. Harnessing their knowledge and philosophies on sustainability is vital to the future of biodiversity and humankind.

Mizhakwad (The Sky Is Clear) by Dylan Thomas Elwood (US)

Portraying of deep-seated anxiety for climate change. An urgency to embrace our connection with the land.

Learn more about our guest panellists for our November edition:

Ian Garrett (Canada) is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Producer for Toasterlab, a mixed reality performance collective. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, accessible technologies and scenography

Bronwyn Pringle (Australia) is a Lighting Designer and Theatre Maker who has worked in a plethora of performance spaces including, a London Nightclub, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts and a wool-shed. Bronwyn has received multiple Green Room Awards including the 2020 Award for Technical Achievement and holds a Masters in Design for Performance from the University of Melbourne.

Tony Brumpton (Australia) is an Australian based artist and academic working in the field of Aural Scenography. He likes the sound of birds more than planes.

BASICS – 14th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea

The competition deadline is midnight (italian time) of the 12th December 2021. 
The entry is free. 

Designers from 24 Central Eastern European countries are called to propose and design a basic object fit for serviceable use, iconic of the process of change underway. Contestants are asked to conceive an original and innovative item of contemporary design taking into account sustainable development objectives, while reflecting on new meanings and purposes, which also objects and tools take when addressing sustainable goals or facing contingencies (e.g. as it occurs during an unprecedented outbreak).

The contest is promoted by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee and is under the auspices of the C.E.I. (Central European Initiative). 

The rules, the provided prizes, the registration form and the previous editions’ archive from 1995 are available on the website www.triestecontemporanea.it

For further information please contact:
Trieste Contemporanea Committee
e-mail info@triestecontemporanea.com
telephone +39 040 639187