September 13, 2013,Â Splinterfields Workshops, Brussels
Splinterfields is an initiative of several Brussels-based organisations (Constant, FoAM, nadine and OKNO) active in the fields of ecological, technological and media arts to foster collaborative, agile and flexible learning. The programme of workshops, study groups and field-tests is open to artists, designers, technologists and other generalists curious to explore tools and mindware for experiments in contemporary culture and daily life.TheÂ workshopÂ is designed as a master class, bringing together practitioners and enthusiasts in the art, science and technology of biochemistry and fermentation to learn from one another and find connections between their respective fields of interest.
FoAMâ€™s Splinterfields workshops explore emergingÂ technological artsÂ through the lens of preindustrial crafts and contemporary sciences. The idea is to learnÂ with bio-hacking, the fundamentals of biochemistry and the craft of fermentation.The workshop will include theoretical discussions aboutÂ biochemical conceptsÂ with hands-on experiments in a wet lab and kitchen.
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s 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 LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (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
The Cape Farewell Foundation in Canada announced details today of a unique, visionary and powerful four-month cultural engagement on one of the most pressing issues of our timeâ€” climate change.
TheÂ Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + FestivalÂ will take place between October 2013 and February 2014, encompassing multifaceted programs, including a major exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museumâ€™s (ROM) Centre for Contemporary Culture, a performing arts festival with The Theatre Centre, and a rich series of public programs and events.
As the centrepiece, theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition at the ROM opens October 19, 2013 â€“ February 2, 2014. The exhibition will include bold collaborative projects by:Â Zacharias Kunuk + Ian Mauro, Myfanwy MacLeod + Janna Levitt, Mel Chin, Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak, Sharon Switzer, Minerva Cuevas, Melanie Gilligan + Tom Ackers, Donald Weber, David Buckland + Tom Rand, and Jaco Ishulutaq.
TheÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition was produced by Cape Farewell Foundation in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture and is curated by David Buckland and Claire Sykes.
“Confronting the facts around global climate change, the artists participating inÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ are all responding to different aspects of this climate challenge, in poignant, nuanced, subversive, often humorous, and always passionately human ways. Subjects include explorations of a changing Arctic, the health of the oceans, bio-diversity and extinction, sustainability and new, clean technologies; and centrally questions of politics, economics, and ethics.”
â€“ Claire Sykes, Curator and Programming Director for Cape Farewell Foundation
For 12 years, Cape Farewell has successfully brought together artists and scientistsâ€”some of the most creative and insightful minds available to usâ€” to interrogate the reality of climate change, to address causes and envision solutions, and to imagine, design, and communicate on an emotional and human scale what a resilient and exciting future might look like. Working internationally through a rich program of expeditions, research, exhibitions, public art projects, books, films and performances, Cape Farewell, as creative agent for change and the leading cultural catalyst on climate, has successfully inspired some of our greatest storytellers to address humanityâ€™s greatest challenge. Now Cape Farewell has a North American base in Toronto.
“The people of the City of Toronto will be proud to be the first North American city to host a Cape Farewell Festival, and to have an opportunity to present the global issue of climate change through a Canadian lens. Torontonians are concerned about their environment and the effects of climate change, and we hope that theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + FestivalÂ will become an important part of the Toronto calendar.”
â€“ David Miller, Chair of Cape Farewell Foundation, Toronto
“In November 2011, on the shores of Lake Ontario, we invited twenty-five North American visual artists, film makers, musicians, writers, and advertising directors to gather in Toronto to interrogate eight â€˜informersâ€™ drawn from across the professional spectrum of climate engagement; climate scientists, economists, new energy technologists, and social scientists; on the facts of climate change. The ask from the creative minds was to engage and through a process of action-based research make artworks, plays, music, poetry that would form the basis of an exhibition at the ROM. Two years later, they have triumphed! Fourteen collaborative works will be presented as part of theÂ Carbon 14: Climate is CultureÂ exhibition and surrounding festival.”
â€“Â David Buckland, artist, and Founder and International Director of Cape Farewell
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Per its mission statement, Atlantaâ€™s 7 Stages Theatre devotes itself to â€œengaging artists and audiences by focusing on the social, political and spiritual values of contemporary culture.â€ One such valueâ€”environmentalismâ€”has yielded a clever campaign that simultaneously promotes the theatre and sustainability.
…marketing director Charles Swint says the theatre asked itself, â€œWhat are some creative ways we can promote our shows without spending a lot of money?â€ Piggybacking off the green kick, 7 Stages partnered with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in a campaign where, in return for select buses featuring theatre advertising, 7 Stages will encourage its audience to use environmentally-conscious modes of transportation, like MARTA. â€œOur staff carpools, bikes and takes MARTA to the office and around town,â€ says Swint. â€œWe want to encourage our patrons to do the same.â€ The deal is sweetened by a $5 discount offered to MARTA Breeze Cardâ€“holders.