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Cultural Adaptations conference goes digital!

We are excited to announce that the Cultural Adaptations conference, taking place 2-5 March 2021 will be delivered completely online, widening the opportunities for participation from around the world.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, organisations and nations, we are adapting our plans to reflect these circumstances. We want to ensure that as many people can attend as possible, and aim to avoid the barriers of travel restrictions or localised ‘lockdowns’.

Although we might not be able to physically host conference delegates in Glasgow, we will be bringing you some Glaswegian style and Scottish hospitality from the host city of the United Nations’ COP26 climate change negotiations.

An extended programme for a digital event

We’ve got so many exciting sessions that we’ve decided to add an extra day to the programme! Now across four days, the conference will include keynote presentations from contributors in Europe and further afield, as well as participatory workshops to prepare delegates to explore how culture can play a central role in climate change adaptation.

The programme will explore:

  • How cultural organisations can adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, and what it means for their artistic work and operations
  • How adaptation by cultural SMEs can lead and support other city-region organisations to adapt
  • How creative methods and arts practice can shape how regions adapt to climate change
  • How cross-sector collaboration on climate issues can be a future role for the arts
Who is the conference for?

The Cultural Adaptation conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in climate change adaptation or arts and culture.

This event is therefore particularly relevant to:

  • Adaptation professionals working at the national, regional or city scale
  • Policy makers from local and national government with a remit in: culture, sustainability, adaptation, regeneration or development
  • Cultural managers of creative organisations, civic creative spaces or cultural initiatives
  • Artists and creative practitioners with an interest in working in different sectors to achieve social/political change
  • Academics with a research concentration in transformation, cultural value, environmental art and adaptation complexity

Register your interest now to be the first to secure your ticket!

Free materials and resources

At the conference we will officially launch the Cultural Adaptations toolkits, which will subsequently be made available for free use and replication. These toolkits will be easy to use, inspiring and practical, with guidance created from our experiences and learning from hosting innovative projects in four city-regions across Europe.

In the meantime, take a look at our developing digital resources, where we share project blogs, research insights and video and podcast materials on the topics of climate change, adaptation and creativity.


Cultural Adaptations is an action research project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and co-funded by the Scottish Government.

More about the project and partnerships can be found on our About page.

(Top photo: © Copyright – Samantha Borges via Unsplash)

Australia’s First NAIDOC Minecraft Education Challenge

This NAIDOC week (8 – 15 November 2020) over 1000 students across 25 schools have participated in Australia’s first NAIDOC Minecraft Education Challenge to explore the question: “How might we build sustainable schools, cities, towns or communities in 2030 using Indigenous science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)?”

Anchored in this year’s National NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was. Always Will Be’ and inspired by the Indigital Schools Program and platform, the Challenge invited students to research and learn about Indigenous knowledges, histories, and create stories unique to their local area.  Using Microsoft’s Paint 3D and Minecraft: Education Edition, students then designed and built new sustainable cities based on a futuristic interpretation of cultural knowledge, language and ways of knowing, being.

The winners will be announced at a special event streamed live from the National Library of Australia (NLA) via the Indigital Schools Facebook page and NLA Facebook page (@National.Library.of.Australia) between 1pm -1:45pm on the 18th November 2020.

Click HERE to watch the event LIVE

The event will include a panel discussion with panel members Jane Mackarell (K12 Director, Microsoft Australia), Luke Briscoe (Manager, IDX), Matt Heffernan (Developer, Indigital), Dr Marie-Louise Ayres (Director-General, National Library of Australia), and John Paul Janke (Co-Chair, National NAIDOC Committee).

Follow the journey of Australia’s first NAIDOC Minecraft Education Challenge on the Indigital Schools Facebook page (@indigitaledutech).

We hope to see you all there!

The Indigital Schools Team

tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, November 19
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC

Kim Abeles, Joshua Kochis, Linda MacDonald, Carolyn Monastra 

The beauty and mystery of trees has long been a subject for artists, and more recently, concern for the survival of forests (the lungs of our planet) has been paramount. Each month, artists working in a diversity of media share their artworks and ideas about these most essential and extraordinary living beings. Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
 
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Did you miss TREE TALK on October 29? Watch it now on VIMEO 

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

REGISTER

Environmental crisis – from words to deeds in the field of art

Online event Nov 19 @ 9am–5pm

The environmental crisis is also a crisis of the artworld, requiring concrete action instead of mere words. The contemporary art organizations Frame Contemporary Art FinlandIHME HelsinkiMustarinda and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme are holding an open, free, one-day webinar Environmental Crisis – From Words to Deeds in the Field of Art on 19 November 2020.

The seminar will ask: How can we reduce climate emissions in the field of art? What can an individual art organization, curator or artist do? What can we do together? During the day, we will focus on concrete action: How can ecology be integrated into strategy and funding? How do we travel by land or calculate an organization’s carbon footprint?

The seminar day begins with a welcome from Minister of the Environment Krista Mikkonen. Then, Mari Pantsar, Director of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s Carbon neutral circular economy theme, talks about the seriousness of the environmental crisis and why everyone is needed to solve it. The keynote speech will be given by Alison Tickell, CEO of London-based Julie’s Bicycle, a pioneer in promoting environmental issues in the cultural sector. She will describe the steps needed to achieve carbon neutrality in an art organization, with concrete examples.

The organizers of the seminar will share what they have done over the years to reduce their own emissions in international modern art and residencies. Also speaking will be Head of Helsinki Biennial Jonna Hurskainen and visual artist Alma Heikkilä. Mustarinda’s speech will be presented by artist Sanna Ritvanen.

The online seminar is aimed at art institutions, artists and other artworld actors. It will benefit anyone interested in the state of the environment and in taking concrete climate action in their own work or organization.

More info and program
 

Registration

Register for the seminar using the online form at forms.gle/NgCP8KDQvWSrouXU7, you will then be e-mailed a Zoom link for the event on the day.

We Are Ocean – Water Walk

Starting on 8 November 2020 anywhere in the world at any time. Check our website https://artport-project.org for updates

WE ARE OCEAN  Water Walk: A global collaborative initiative to re-focus on the importance of water, rivers and ocean, an invitation for public participation.

We are water, rivers, ocean. And these bodies of water are depending on our behavior whether they are healthy or not. And we as humanity are depending on them. Clean rivers, lakes and other bodies of water mean a health ocean. A healthy ocean means healthy humans.

The WE ARE OCEAN – Water Walk wants to gather people from all over the globe to jointly walk towards rivers, lakes, seas, the ocean or even at home (confined due to a global pandemic) around a creatively staged body of water. We want to look at the beauty of water worldwide, what it means for us and what is at stake. We aim at creating a positive, global and collective moment of reflection towards healthy waters, rivers, ocean.

We invite everybody, every generation, every profession, every country, every gender to take a walk for some minutes, several hours, or even days to reflect about the meaning and value of healthy water. It can be a walk of meditation, of poetry, of music, of silence, of workout.

The WE ARE OCEAN – Water Walk is created by several Green Art Lab Alliance Partners (ArteSumaPaz, ARTPORT_making waves, Ayer Ayer, Imago Bubo, Invisible Flock and Knockvologan Studies) to raise awareness about the importance of healthy waters, rivers and ocean and to make clear that even though the COP26 (UN Climate Conference),  which was supposed to start on the 9th of November 2020 in Glasgow, has been postponed to November 2021, we cannot really afford to postpone taking action.

On the day before the Climate Conference would have commenced, we shall start this walk as a reminder, as a community activity gathering people from all over the world without knowing each other. From all over the world we will walk in the direction of Glasgow where the Conference will take place. You are invited to join us in taking action.

We chose Sunday, 08th of November to invite you from all around the planet, to join us on this walk. You can choose the hour and the duration of your walk, it can be minutes, hours or days.

This is the first walk of many which we will undertake until COP26 in 2021 and further. We want to create a civil movement accompanying the UN Decade for Ocean Science and Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Come on board as individuals, groups of friends, colleagues, families, organisations, neighbors, couples. You can just walk or create a sociable event out of it. The most important idea is that you reflect upon how beautiful water is, how important for life on planet it is, and how much more we should respect, cherish and protect it.

Here are some ideas to help you take action:

1. Turn your phone or camera to the landscape position 

2. Press to record as you walk toward a body of water.

3. IMPORTANT: We would like everything to be captured in a single video so do a continuous recording.

Some suggestions of point-of-views (POV):

a. You can point your camera down on your feet as you start walking and slowly pan up to show the body of water and its surroundings.

b. Bring your camera close to the water show us the state of the water, its colour, living organisms

c. record the area surrounding the body of water; the banks, shore, pathways, flora and fauna, ocean trash, pollution.

d. you are welcome to talk, sing, dance or simply keep silent through the recording

5. After the recording is done send the video to us with these details:

Your name:
Location of recording:
Country, state/ province/ city, name of local area (eg. Singapore, Punggol, Punggol beach):
Date:

Any other details you would like to share.

6. Send the video of approximately 1 minute to: weareocean.waterwalk@gmail.com


WE ARE OCEAN Water Walk is part of the global program WE ARE OCEAN

WE ARE OCEAN is an interdisciplinary art project curated by Anne-Marie Melster and created by ARTPORT_making waves which gathers artists, students, scientists, policymakers, philanthropists, teachers, and curators in order to raise awareness and engage in dialogue about the environmental condition of the ocean and the role humans play in its current and future state. The project events in Berlin and Brandenburg investigated how we interact with the ocean and how interdependent humans and the ocean are. The overall goal was to raise scientific and political awareness through the arts, particularly among young people, to stimulate behavioural change and social action and help them to act responsibly and become conscientious citizens. Ultimately, WE ARE OCEAN seeks to shift the narrative surrounding the ocean – from that of an ocean for human use and exploitation with infinite resources – to an ocean that offers numerous yet precarious benefits to humankind which is its steward and caretaker.

In 2019 we started in Berlin and Brandenburg, in August 2020 we traveled virtually to Kiel (Germany) as part of the Ocean Summit, in September we were in Marseille (France) as part of Manifesta 13 with artist Marc Johnson, from October on we will be in Vancouver (Canada) (our Vancouver artists T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas will work virtually with Vancouver school students),  ifrom November on we will virtually travel WE ARE OCEAN to the Ocean Space in Venice (Italy) (as part of the exhibition of Territorial Agency and our invited artists are Pietro Consolandi and Fabio Cavallari from Barena Bianca) with more stops to follow from 2021 to 2030, since we will support the whole UN Ocean Decade.

WE ARE OCEAN Berlin/Brandenburg, Marseille, Venice and Vancouver are artistic projects officially contributing to the Preparatory Phase of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development:

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Thanks to GALA for connecting this group of collaborators:

Seeking a (CO)LEAD EDITOR for CSPA QUARTERLY

The CSPA QUARTERLY is currently seeking a (Co) Lead Editor to work with our current Lead Editor in sustaining the publication and transitioning to eventually become a Lead Editor themselves. 

The CSPA Quarterly is a publication arm of the Centre for Sustainable Arts. It is meant to give a longer format and deeper space for exploration than some online platforms provide, and to reflect the myriad ways in which sustainability in the arts is discussed, approached and practiced. The publication features reviews, interviews, features, artist pages, essays, reflections and photos. It is a snapshot of a moment in time, a look at the many discussions in sustainability and the arts through the lens of a particular theme. It is part of a rigorous dialogue.

Our reach is wide: we want it to be wider.

We have more than 6,000  followers on social media, more than 1,500 subscribers to our email newsletter, our website receives 3,500-6,000 hits per month. Our CSPA Quarterly is accessed by institutions and  artists worldwide via JSTOR and other platforms. We are a crucial resource for artists and art organizations who are researching,  embodying, promoting and re-inventing sustainability. 

This Co-Lead Editor would work with us to:

  • Assist in developing an archival, digital publication of the CSPA Quarterly
  • Assist in developing and sustaining new income streams for the CSPA Quarterly
  • Plan issues for 2024 and beyond, assuming sole Lead Editorship in that year
  • Sustain the Quarterly and its continued relevance. 

This is a volunteer position. We know how that sounds. Currently, the CSPA works within a hybrid academic/commercial context, where the labor of editing and contributing is seen as an extension of academic research, and is therefore unpaid. It currently exists and functions  on systems of privilege, based on the income, time, and access of  its  organizers. That’s a problem we want to change. 

Our current income streams include:

  • Fees from publication access on JSTOR
  • University Grants 
  • Issue purchases on MagCloud
  • Subscriptions on Patreon

Right now, these incomes only cover Quarterly design costs. But we’d like to change that. We’re looking for someone to help us amplify our current efforts at generating revenue and supporting our contributors. We want to pay people. The Lead Editor position at the Quarterly has always been volunteer/unpaid, with contributors and Guest Editors receiving a free subscription for their work.

We’d like to build on our crucial work thus  far, and stand even more firmly at the nexus between academic and popular research in Sustainable Practice in the Arts. We’re seeking someone with resources that would enable them to engage in this work, and who could use those resources to expand our platform to those who do not have  such  access. We need someone who is passionate about our efforts, extending opportunities to others, and amplifying the fantastic work of the many artists engaging with sustainability on a cultural, ecological, social and economic level.  We hope that person is you. 

Please send letters of interest and a website or CV to editor@sustainablepractice.org

NAC – Theatre and Climate Change Green Rooms 2020

As part of its response to the escalating climate crisis – and in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic – NAC English Theatre in partnership with Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA), the Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Kingston, HowlRound Theatre Commons, National Theatre School of Canada and York University brought together participants for an extraordinary three-day/three-country digital experiment that reflected on the future of theatre.

The Green Rooms were fueled with spirited conversations with leaders in fields such as climate activism, ecological economy and environmental humanities, as well as with theatre artists and leaders who have found innovative ways to engage with the climate crisis.

A limited number of active participants joined the event on Zoom from eight cities across three countries: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Halifax, as well as London (U.K.) and New York. In addition, a livestream of the event was accessible to spectators everywhere.

Please note: If participants were not in one of those cities, they were still able to participate by joining the city closest or most meaningful to them.

We invite you to view the proceedings recorded and available on this site and read the reports too!

Co-curated by Sarah Garton Stanley and Chantal Bilodeau.

All Green Rooms events are in English only

Summit Report

Green Rooms: Carbon Emissions Report

The Green Rooms Report

To view the event archive videos and more info

ecoconsciousness fall 2020 online + billboard show

What does it mean to have an ecoconsciousness? The works here offer multiple answers to that question. ecoconsciousness measures our interconnectivity with the natural world. It celebrates our links to the animals with whom we share the planet, to the trees, fruits, vegetables, herbs and insects that make life possible, to the land and waters that bear witness to our best and worst impulses and to the ecological systems that sustain us all. It encompasses our awareness both of the beauty of nature and the devastating horrors created by our efforts to exploit it. It manifests itself in artworks that bring the perilous consequences of our actions to our attention through striking images, immersive installations, evocative performances and rituals and practical proposals. It engages with fields as diverse as science, technology, poetry, politics, history, anthropology, art history and futurism. And it poses questions about our place in the cosmos with wit, sorrow, anger and hope.  

Eleanor Heartney, Juror

fall 2020

Selected artists include: (80)

Anita Arliss, Audrey An, Ulrike Arnold, Frejya Bardell, Resa Blatman, Casey Brown, Barbara Boissevain, Kellie Bornhoft, Hilary Brace, Sukey Bryan, Claudia Bucher, Diane Burko, Pamela Casper, Elisabeth Condon, Gigi Conot, Madelaine Corbin, Xavier Cortada, Shirley Crow, Matthew Crowther, Cameron Davis, Nicole Dextras, Jeanne Dunn, Jesse Etelson, Sarah Fairchild, Doug Fogelson, Fredericka Foster, Andrea Frank, Maru Garcia, Stephanie Garon, Helen Glazer, Jon Goldman, Alexander Heilner, Lyn Horton, Virginia Katz, Robin Lasser, Carrie Lederer, Margaret LeJeune, Ellen Levy, J.J. L’Heureux, Sujin Lim, Pam Longobardi, Linda MacDonald, Nancy Macko, Ana MacArthur, Liz McGowan, Constance Mallinson, Nancy Winship Milliken, Seren Morey, Zea Morvitz, Scott Norris, Diana Cheren Nygren, Lil Olive, Caitlin Parker, Deanna Pindell, Aviva Rahmani, Andrea Reynosa, Jennifer Rife, Shana Robbins, John Sabraw, Cherie Sampson, Diana Scarborough, Gregg Schlanger, Leslie Sobel, Anne-Katrin Spiess, Dawn Stetzel, Amber Stucke, Gina Telcocci, Jane Troup, Barry Underwood, Ruth Wallen, Charlotte Watts, Riva Weinstein, Brad Wilson, Adam Wolpert, Chin Chin Yang, Amy Youngs, Raheleh Zomorodinia.

Billboard artists: Diane Best, Rebecca Clark, and L.C. Armstrong

ecoartspace, LLC

Mailing address: PO Box 5211 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

ecoartspace member exhibitions

5 Facets of Humanity: Intra-human, Meta-human, Post-human, Supra-human, Trans-human, a group exhibition including Gary Brewer and Virginia Katz. Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), Los Angeles, CA. October 3 – December 12, 2020. Virtual reception October 3, 2020 at 5pm.  

Emotional Numbness: The impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems. Includes Minoosh ZomorodiniaCarol NewborgAlicia Escott, and Judith Selby Lang. WEAD, Women Eco Artists Dialogue. Online through October 19, 2020.

Victoria Wagner: Everglow, recent paintings and sculpture. Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Through October 14, 2020.

Stephanie Garon: Recede The Plain. Installation at Alchemy of Art, Baltimore, MD. Through November 1, 2020.

Hunt for the Lost. A participatory public art project launched August 11 by Aviva Rahmani. Through November 3, 2020.

Listening in the Anthropocene, group exhibition of twenty-five artists including a recent video meditation titled A forecast of storm (Derbarl Yerrigan) by Perdita Phillips. Curated by the Creative Practice Circle, Australia. Online.

Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature. A group exhibition including Sant Khalsa. Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom. Through December 12, 2020. 

Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and The Ecology of Water, including Emily Brown,Diane BurkoStacy Levy. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. Through January 10, 2021.

She is Here, Studio Artist Program, Retrospective Group Show includes a video installation titled Onar (repair the dream) by Pam Longobardi. Atlanta Contemporary, GA.Through January 31, 2021.

Broken Poems of Butterflies, solo exhibition by Etsuko Ichikawa using radioactive materials to shape artworks and video footage of haunting beauty. Jordan Schntizer Museum of Art, Pullman, WA. Through March 20, 2021.

Do you have an exhibition coming up? Please email the information to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in upcoming newsletters.

Above: Gary Brewer5 Facets of Humanity, installation at FOCA, Los Angeles. 

Green Tease October Meetup

Book your spot at this meetup on Eventbrite.

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of informal meetups that Creative Carbon Scotland organised following COVID-19 physical distancing measures as a way for ecological and artistic minded people of all kinds to keep in touch. Each session has a rough theme for discussion but the conversation is usually wide ranging and open. Alongside these informal meetups, we are also organising more elaborate creative online events that you can keep track of on our website

Following the vote at our last meetup, the theme for this session is ‘COP26: what is it? what’s going on? and what can we do?’

Book your space through Eventbrite and you will receive a link to join an online call on the day of the meetup. You do not need to download an app or programme to join the call; you just need a computer or other device with internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Feel free to get in touch at lewis.coenen-rowe@creativecarbonscotland.com if you have anything questions or anything you want to suggest.