Network Ecologies: Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism

Країна: Англія

Місто: Scarborough

Тези до: 13.03.2015

Дати: 04.06.15 — 06.06.15

Область наук: Екологія; Географічні;

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Організатори: University of Hull


This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to identify innovative research practices and case studies, which demonstrate how the fields of environmental art, environmental science and environmental politics/activism can be usefully combined, in order to further environmental discourse in the public sphere. This symposium is therefore interested in breaking down the categorical distinctions between art, science and politics in order to promote examples of research practice which are founded upon a willingness to collaborate and experiment. We therefore welcome papers that identify methodological concerns, theoretical perspectives and case studies pertaining to the subject of environmental despoliation or industrial pollution, and its representation in the cultural sphere.

Specifically, we would like to hear from artists or activists who have case studies demonstrating that art can play a positive role in engaging the public in environmentalist discourses. Furthermore, papers dealing with philosophical problems related to the discussion and representation of environmentalism in contemporary art, or in the environmental science community, are also welcome. The subject matter of this conference is intentionally diverse, however, participants are invited to discuss topics such as:

  • Thinking ecologically: collaboration and the importance of networks in environmentalism.
  • Artistic/creative ways of advocating public policy reform, campaigning for degrowth or addressing the post-carbon economy.
  • The scientist as activist: D.I.Y. Bio, Bio-Hacking or historic examples of environmental scientists acting as political figures i.e. Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner etc.
  • The function of photography/images in shaping environmental policy/discourse, or as ‘greenwashing’ in the corporate sector.
  • The artist as environmental activist: blurring the boundaries between art and environmental politics through activities such as détournement, hacking, subvertising, pamphleteering, self-publishing or through performativity.
  • Site specificity and the importance of locality and place in shaping the environmental imagination; conversely, global warming as a non-local phenomenon.

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