image from Jackie Brookner's page on the Women Environmental Artists Directory
Minnesota Public Radio recently reported that Jackie Brookner is advising and supporting the inhabitants of the City of Fargo in North Dakota on a major ecological art project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.Â The focus of the project is making use of a drainage basin, built to deal with heavy summer rains, as year round facilities for the community.
Thereâ€™s an interview with Brookner on the NEA blog and if you prefer listening to reading, you can hear her on the Social Practices Art Network.
image from Heart of Reeds website
In the UK Chris Druryâ€™s Heart of Reeds in Lewes, West Sussex, is probably a comparable project.Â This constructed environment remediates industrial pollution whilst providing recreational space and managing rain water.
ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.
Workshops for cultural managers and practitioners
31 May 2011
Venues: Goethe Institute, British Council & Centro Cultural da Espanha em SÃ£o Paulo
Culture|Futures and the City of SÃ£o PauloÂ in cooperation with
C40 cities, EUNIC Brazil, Danish Cultural Institute, Spanish Culture Centre/AECID, British Council, Goethe Institute, Crie Futuros, Arup and other partners at the occasion of the World Summit of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
Eco-Leadership by Cultural Institutions -Â May 30th 2011, Cultural Centre of SÃ£o Paulo
Aims and objectives
The overall aim is to foster cultural actions for the transition to an Ecological Age by 2050.
The objectives are:
To inspire cultural institutions in SÃ£o Paulo to consider new eco-social practices and leadership.
To provide international mutual inspiration and exchange on the vision of an Ecological Age and how cultural institutions in their normal own practice can provide eco-leadership.
To mark the initiation of a new global network for large cultural institutions on eco-leadership.
8:45 â€“ 9:15 Arrivals and registration
9:15 â€“ 9:30Â General explanation about Culture|Futures, the conference & workshop programs and the whole process
â€¢Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Director of Culture|Futures.
9:30 â€“ 10:00:Â Opening Address
EUNIC President Ana Paula Laborinho
Ministry of Culture Secretary Marta Porto
City of SÃ£o Paulo Cultural Secretary CALIL
10:00 â€“ 11:30:Â Global Key Notes on Connecting Culture and Ecology
Mark Watts, ArupÂ (expected): International key note onÂ Entering an Ecological Age.Mark Watts is managing the C40 team in Arup, advising cities around the world on sustainable urban development. His presentation is based on a research done on what the global transition to an ecological age, will require for cities around the world.
Lala Dehenzelin:Â South-South key note on theÂ Creative Economy and sustainability.Lala Dehenzelin is UNDP Special Advisor on the Creative Economy South â€“ South Programme, founder ofÂ Cries FuturosÂ and has a background in arts and culture.
Questions & Answers
11:30 â€“ 12:30:Â Lowering carbon and ecological footprint and benefitting from it
Moderator:Â Ricardo VoltoliniÂ (tbc)
Justine Simons,Â Head of Culture, Greater London Authority:Â The creative industries green programme in the context of the London Mayorâ€™s Cultural Strategy.Â The experience of working with the creative sector to lower carbon footprint through goals, practical guides, tips etc. So far with sub-sectors of music, visual arts, film, theatre and now fashion and others coming.
Danilo Santos de Miranda,Â Director SESC SÃ£o Paulo (tbc): The experience of SESC SÃ£o Paulo on lowering carbon and ecological footprint in their centres
Question & Answers / dialogue with audience on greening cultural sector based on experiences of institutions in different disciplines.
LUNCH: 12:30 â€“ 14.00
14:00 â€“ 15:00:Â Re-thinking culture/nature and communication with audiences
â€¢Janek MÃ¼ller,Â fmr. theatre director, current curatorial team-member and dramatic adviser for theÂ Ãœber Lebenskunst festival.Â Ãœber Lebenskunst is a project initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Ana Dip, Somos um SÃ³ Project
Q & A/dialogue with panel from Sao Paulo/international persons on connecting cultural content and communication with ecology
15:00 â€“ 16:30:Â Culture â€“ Ecology and Community
Moderator:Â Felipe Chaimovich, curator from MAMÂ (tbc)
Philip Vencken, architect advising founder of Cradle to Cradle, Baumgartner.Introduction on applying cradle to cradle approach to city/community development. Dutch cities are now leading this worldwide
Hernani Dias, artist, founder of â€œre:farm the cityâ€. Refarm the city (aka re:farm) is a collective project started and led by Hernani Dias with the purpose of developing open source software and hardware tools for urban farmers. Its now linking groups in Barcelona, Lisboa, Buenos Aires, New York and Beijing.
Questions & Answers/dialogue with panel from SP/intâ€˜ on how culture can be part of community, city, regional or sector greening programs
16:30 â€“ 17:30:Â Closing panel on the power of culture for green growth
Apresentacao dos workshops â€“ MC
Olaf Gerlach-Hansen â€“ Presenting Culture|Futures global eco-leadership network for cultural institutions and cities
Eduardo Jorge, Secretaria do VerdeÂ (tbc)
Ricardo Resende, Director of Cultural Center of SÃ£o Paulo
17:30 â€“ 19.00Â Reception and social networking
Please note program is subject to change
Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals who are concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050.
The Cultural sector that we refer to is an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policy-making, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research and development. It is those decision-makers and practitioners who can reach people in a direct way, through diverse messages and mediums.
Affecting the thinking and behaviour of people and communities is about the dissemination of stories which will profoundly impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions. The stories can open peopleâ€™s eyes to a way of thinking that has not been considered before, challenge a preconceived notion of the past, or a vision of the future that had not been envisioned as possible. As a sector which is viewed as imbued with creativity and cultural values, rather than purely financial motivations, the cultural sectorâ€™s stories maintain the trust of people and society. Go toThis post comes to you from Culture|Futures
Finnish Society for Aesthetics
PO Box 4, FIN-0 0 0 1 4 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI www.estetiikka.fi
â€œAesthetics, Art, and Politics,â€ 6.5.-7.5.2010, University of Helsinki
The Finnish Society for Aesthetics together with the research project Artification and its ImpactÂ on Art (http://www.artification.fi/) will arrange a two-day seminar on the theme â€œAesthetics, Art,Â and Politicsâ€ from the 6th of May to the 7th of May 2010 at the University of Helsinki. TheÂ keynote speaker of the seminar is Professor AleÅ¡ Erjavec (Slovenia).
Significant connections between aesthetics, art, and politics continue to exist in the newÂ millennium. However, alongside traditional questions about artâ€™s relationship to politics and theÂ political aspects of aesthetic phenomena, a new set of issues has gradually arisen which are as much a
result of changes occurring in aesthetics and art as they are a result of changes that have recentlyÂ shaped politics. The criticism that different traditions of contemporary aesthetics have aimed againstÂ the idea of â€œpure aesthetics,â€ i.e., an aesthetics severed from political considerations, has been widelyÂ accepted. But what is the position of aesthetic theories which emphasize the social function of art andÂ aesthetics today? Do the main traditions of contemporary aesthetics any longer manage to account forÂ the current forms that the relationship between aesthetics, art, and politics takes or are novelÂ approaches required for analyzing those connections?
Many other social practices besides art are to a growing extent characterized by features which haveÂ traditionally been associated primarily with art. What sorts of aesthetic and political consequencesÂ could this process known as â€œartificationâ€ involve? What are the effects of this development, for
example, to the alleged autonomous nature of art or is this supposition a mere fallacy anyway?Â Different artistic traditions and movements embody different kinds of ideologies. How should oneÂ understand the relationship between art and politics in a world where faith in the impact of politics is
increasingly diminishing? Changes of approach in recent art research also provide a new outlook onÂ the theme of the seminar. Do the different research approaches articulate specific views of theÂ connection between aesthetics and politics and what sorts of political underpinnings, if any, couldÂ these approaches themselves involve?