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Artistic projects addressing climate change



There are numerous artistic projects dealing with climate change. It is rather difficult to analyse, or to group these projects together. Our research identified several projects that are internationally recognised as providing a strong artistic response or approach to climate change and other burning environmental issues.

One inspiring example of an art project that thematises climate change through Nordic and international contemporary arts is ReThink – Contemporary Art & Climate Change. The project consists of a large art exhibition with 26 works by Nordic and international contemporary artists working at the intersection of arts, climate change, culture and technology. The Nordic Culture Fund named ReThink as the Nordic Exhibition of the Year 2009-2010 and the exhibition will tour the Nordic countries in 2010 and 2011. It was also present at this year’s Cinema Planeta Film and Environment Festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The exhibition is a result of cooperation between the National Gallery of Denmark, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center and the Alexandra Institute [1].

An example of an exhibition that also served as a platform for artists to express their creativity and to explore the many ramifications of climate change was the Global warming at the ice box [2] . This major sculpture exhibition took place in Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building in 2008. Through the creation of interactive works, multimedia installations, and object-based sculptures, artists engaged the public by exploring creative ways of revealing, understanding and working to solve the problems posed by this looming threat to our planet. The project was international in terms of artists but was aimed at a regional audience.

Other examples of artistic projects are:

Browse the Research in focus mapping feature for more artistic projects that are responding to climate change.

[1] Anne Sophie Witzke, Network Manager, The Alexandra Institute, Denmark, collaborated in the Research in focus survey.

[2] Cheryl Harper, one of the curators of the project, collaborated in the Research in focus survey.


Research results: a collective response


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Bonjour, le réseau européen "Imagine 2020 - Art and climate change" peut également vous intéresser. Il réunit onze institutions culturelles européennes qui se sont engagés à user de leur potentiel créatif en vue de sensibiliser le grand public et de l’impliquer, à la fois en tant que spectateur et acteur dans le processus de transition nécessaire pour réduire de manière draconienne les émissions de dioxyde de carbone, ralentir le changement climatique et accroître notre capacité de répondre aux effets du pic pétrolier. Voici le site internet : http://www.imagine2020.eu à suivre également sur Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ima...t-and-Climate-Change/203705639671653
Bonne journée,
Nicolas. Nicolas Courtade | 15 jun 2011

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