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Artists To Save The World

May 24, 2016

By Paul Homewood  

 

h/t Stewgreen

 

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http://www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk/newsletters/announcement-of-award-winners/

 

Pass around the good news – we’re all saved!

 

From the Culture and Climate Change organisation:

 

We are delighted to announce Emma Critchley, Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendson as the selected artists for Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios.

Working with artists’ moving image, photography, installation, theatre and performance, the chosen artists will undertake a new kind of residency programme which embeds them within climate research and policy knowledge networks, rather than within one institution. They will engage with climate scenarios, and explore and extend the ways in which society engages with the range of possible future climates.

Announced at Jerwood Space last night, Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation said “These networked residencies will put culture and artistic practice at the heart of conversations about our climate futures. The artists selected have demonstrated a keen hunger for dialogue and exchange around these issues, which passionately inform their work. These residencies will harness the imaginations of talented artistic individuals for the benefit of the scenario planning network whilst simultaneously providing a unique research environment in which each artist can further their own practice and projects.”

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Emma Critchley is an award-winning underwater visual artist working with photography, film, sound and installation who has exhibited internationally and nationally. Concerned with the human relationship with the underwater environment, She has recently undertaken residencies in New York, Barbados and Singapore. Critchley will use the residency to explore the psychological impacts of sudden flooding and how seismic events shift people’s perceptions of the world, especially within the scenario of the Anthropocene.

“This residency is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with a diverse reach of climate researchers, using scenarios as a way to distill the complex and multi-faceted research involved in climate change and create imagined spaces that allow room to stop, reflect and invite challenge and debate.”

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Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping are a Polish-British artist collaboration working with conceptual documentary photography and artists’ moving image who have won many awards and prizes, and exhibited across Europe. During the residency they will investigate their interests in glacial recession, climate induced migration, drowning islands, the psychological pressure of climate change and the prognosis of a difficult future scenario, amongst others.

“We are working with the Anthropocene and climate change as a cultural paradigm of our time that shapes the way in which we imagine our future. Over the course of the residency we intend to utilise current climate, environmental, geological, economic and socio-political phenomena to illustrate the visceral reality of different hypothetical future scenarios.”

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Z Svendsen is an internationally renowned theatre director and dramaturg who creates research-driven interdisciplinary performance projects exploring contemporary political subjects. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Young Vic, New Wolsey Theatre where she is Associate Artist, TippingPoint and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin amongst many others. Following her recent performance project, World Factory, Svendsen will use her residency to further explore the relationship between ethics and action, the economics of climate change and the tragic absence of real action against it.

“I am very excited by the residency – both by the idea of the ‘network’, and also by the chance to think more fully about the future, and the implications for human interactions that are implied in climate change scenarios, but which often are not fully fleshed out.”

http://www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk/newsletters/announcement-of-award-winners/

 

 

 

Underwater art? Would not the paint run? Still, I suppose the fishes will like it!

 

I also note that Mr Harrabin was joined by poet, Nick Drake, who read from his book Farewell Glacier, about glaciers in high Arctic. I wonder if Harrabin explained to the audience, not to mention the naive Mr Drake, that glaciers across the Arctic expanded massively during the Little Ice Age, in many cases to their largest extent since the ice age, and that they are now simply returning to their previous state?

Of course, to be fair to the good comrade, he probably knows little of this. In which case I recommend he starts to read Notalotofpeopleknowthat!

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Malcolm Bell permalink
    May 24, 2016 5:49 pm

    Am I paying for these deluded creatures? When the truth dawns and they realise how their simple trust has been manipulated they are going to have a huge psychological crisis.

    I suppose I will have to pay for that too.

    • David Richardson permalink
      May 24, 2016 6:01 pm

      Funny you should say that Malcolm.

      I still believe that when the truth does dawn some will have mental problems in the same way that some Christians did in the second half of the 19th century when it became ever more obvious that the world wasn’t 6,000 years old. For Charles Darwin, himself a devout Christian, it was why he delayed publishing his thoughts on evolution for 20 years.

      I doubt that an old guy like me will live to see true reality strike home – but who knows!?

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        May 24, 2016 11:17 pm

        No, he did not delay for that reason. He was trained as a geologist and from before Darwin was born they were aware that the Earth was far older than 6,000 years. The devout ones ( Conybeare, Buckland) believed until the late 1820’s that Noah’s flood had occurred but that was before Darwin left on his voyage.
        More likely was his wish to avoid upsetting his devout wife, and some other relatives, and even more his fear of the backlash such as occurred in 1844 when Vestiges of Creation was published and mentioned evolution. Hence he grew a beard after publication to disguise himself.
        Albert read Vestiges to Victoria, so society wasn’t quite as rigid as Bishop Wilberforce.

      • David Richardson permalink
        May 25, 2016 9:15 am

        I bow to your deeper knowledge Graeme on the precise flow of events. There is no doubt though that he and Robert Fitzroy fell out over “evolution” and some biographers have even suggested that Fitzroy’s suicide came when he realised that his opposing view was lost, although he had money worries also. Sad as they were great friends.

        Fitzroy, as you will well know, was Master of The Beagle and the first Director General of what became The Met Office.

        Admiral Fitzroy is one of my heros, and he was emminent in his own right before The Voyage.

  2. Swisspeasant permalink
    May 24, 2016 5:52 pm

    How far down that nonsense did you get before you cut to the comments section?
    I got as far as Dow browsing or something before I realised that the joke was in the subject not in the detail.

  3. markl permalink
    May 24, 2016 6:05 pm

    If we can’t scare you with imaginary data we’ll scare you with imaginary pictures.

  4. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    May 24, 2016 6:34 pm

    A website worthy of Private Eye’s Pseud’s corner. These naïve arrogant self-righteous fanatics are disconnected from the natural environment, from the great outdoors, from local interaction with climate, weather, the Earth, nature and the natural world. They have no concept of life other than getting the nose firmly in the trough by selfish self-promotion and exploitation of the gullible.

    As a geologist, a scientist, I strongly resent the use of the expression, “we intend to utilise current .. .. geological.. .. phenomena to illustrate the visceral reality of different hypothetical future scenarios”. They have no understanding of the disciplines they wish to exploit as vehicles for their own egos. They insult all the previous great geologists and researchers like Sedgwick, Murchison, Lyell et al.

  5. David Richardson permalink
    May 24, 2016 6:43 pm

    I sit back and stare into space sometimes (well that’s my excuse anyway) and think what a mad world we now live in. My parents generation, and even more so my grandparents generation, worked hard and found making a good living quite a strain, not to mention World Wars. I by comparison have had it easy on the back of their efforts.

    Now we live in a country (UK) that rewards troughers with our money, pays mediocre “celebs” millions and finds spare cash to throw away on “Art for Climate Change”. Its a good job we have money to spare – oh! wait a minute

  6. John Ellyssen permalink
    May 24, 2016 6:48 pm

    Hey, I would give the artists a break. Like most artists they are likely just trying to make a few bucks and the green scam is a excellent source of money.

  7. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    May 24, 2016 6:52 pm

    Here’s a man onto A LUCRATIVE PROJECT:
    http://www.itv.com/news/border/2016-05-24/photographer-capture-climate-change-in-every-continent/

  8. May 24, 2016 7:14 pm

    Pass the sick bag:/

  9. Broadlands permalink
    May 24, 2016 7:57 pm

    Farewell Glacier? I just read the 2015 Annual Report from the International Ice Patrol.

    Ice Year Summary
    The 2015 Ice Year was marked by expansive sea-ice growth and a large number of icebergs drifting south of 48°N. It was the thirteenth most extreme year on record since 1900. By definition, the “Ice Year” spans the time period from 01 October of one year to 30 September of the following year.

  10. May 24, 2016 9:01 pm

    Does the “range of possible future climates” include times cooler than today?

  11. May 24, 2016 9:30 pm

    I’m so glad that the planet is finally being saved by these artists!. Where did I put that barf bag?

  12. May 24, 2016 11:27 pm

    One thing we can be sure of. The underwater art stuff is all wet. In the double entendre sense: Soggy, Bad. Worthy of Harrabin.
    My, you UK folks are a general source of endless amusement to others.

  13. accordionsrule permalink
    May 25, 2016 2:36 am

    I don’t know whether to laugh or throw up, but I’m bookmarking this article because I’m going to use it to win the “most nauseating buzzwords” contest.

  14. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    May 25, 2016 6:41 am

    Arts funding anyone? Yes…from the EU is plenty. Southbank Centre very worried about Brexit as seen on C4 news a few nights back. Likely accounts for much of the so called arts (aka sh*te) on the BBC regularly.

  15. May 25, 2016 6:47 am

    Now that artsit bit is known as Project 3 : and has its own web-section Scenatios

    Three artist residencies will begin in July 2016 and each residency includes an award of £10,000. …

    This project is an experiment which pilots a new residency model — that of a ‘networked residency’. Climate research has long relied on networked collaborations rather than individual, geographically-located centres and the design of this Future Scenarios residency programme deliberately responds to and mirrors the distributed networks of climate change research

    I am looking at the other 2 projects which include a lot of material …eg an essay from our friend Barry Woods ..and some more bizarre claims from Harra : like that the Himalaya Glacier thing was just a typo ..thy meant 2350 not year 2035

  16. May 25, 2016 6:50 am

    Now that artist bit is known as Project 3 : and has its own web-section : Scenarios

    Three artist residencies will begin in July 2016 and each residency includes an award of £10,000. …
    This project is an experiment which pilots a new residency model — that of a ‘networked residency’. Climate research has long relied on networked collaborations rather than individual, geographically-located centres and the design of this Future Scenarios residency programme deliberately responds to and mirrors the distributed networks of climate change research

    I am looking at the other 2 projects which include a lot of material …eg an essay from our friend Barry Woods ..and some more bizarre claims from Harra : like that the IPCC Himalaya Glacier thing was just a typo ..they meant 2350 not year 2035 !

    • May 25, 2016 2:11 pm

      Barry says they paid his petrol to the meeting ..Then they’ve collected evryones input to the talk and published in a 150 page pdf.

      So although 99% alarmist we have to give them credit for including one skeptic viewpoint.

  17. Sara Hall permalink
    May 25, 2016 7:46 am

    So painting the world will somehow help to make it all better, will it?
    I despair.

    • May 25, 2016 10:59 am

      If they painted everything white they would increase the albedo of the earth and cool it down: art can be functional …. like the infamous bed was, I suppose!

      Wonder if I could get funding for a study of this, I’d be willing to visit all the worlds major art collections?

      • Russ Wood permalink
        May 26, 2016 3:38 pm

        An aside on the ‘infamous bed’ – Sir Terry Pratchett (in ‘Thud’) had his museum display a similar ‘piece’ with the MUCH more appropriate title “Don’t talk to me about Mondays!”.

  18. May 25, 2016 11:09 am

    The ultimate in style over substance.

  19. May 26, 2016 12:02 pm

    Outrageous cos you can’t have a IMPARTIAL BBC News guy being POLITICAL
    – The thing is we know that the artists will go for the alarmist angle not the skeptic, so that makes it a highly political thing. Hence it is outrageous that a BBC news guy be involved in such a partisan campaign.

    But like Greenpeace he acts as if he is above laws and the BBC Charter.
    Shouldn’t BBC bosses be held to account for failing to enforce the BBC Charter, that Harra seems to frequently break?

  20. May 26, 2016 12:05 pm

    More on BBC workers going Native.. they shouldn’t be
    Some hypothetical example
    #1 BBC News workers hands out Human Rights awards – Hmm although universal value therefore not political
    ..It would still be wrong cos the news reporter would still be working in those countries so cannot be too close to victims otherwise governments will hinder them more.
    #2 BBC News worker like Evan Davis hands out Business awards
    No, although not political
    #3 BBC News worker hands out Cake awards ..maybe that is OK cos he’s not compromising objectivity.
    BBC News people should not get into bed with those they report on otherwise how can they be objective ?

    So those examples at the low end should not happen, whereas Harra’s behaviour is way up that scale ..so is way out of line.

  21. May 26, 2016 12:10 pm

    No independent charities should be able to give money to who they like
    #1 each residency includes an award of £10,000 ..that is not Earth shattering

    BUT BUT Firstly the IMPARTIAL BBC should not be involved, secondly NEITHER should the other bodies like UNIVERSITIES ..cos it is POLITICAL with taxpayer resources.

  22. Keitrh Gugan permalink
    May 26, 2016 5:36 pm

    This is the MAD season. The Hay book festival is with us and there will be lots of nutty professors and ecocentric imbiciles making hay (sorry) with the MESSAGE. Last year one speaker made the point that their message had to be drummed into children in the infants’ schools. Truly this is the cry of desperation.

    • May 26, 2016 8:44 pm

      Their messiah will be Hansen and his prophet Harrabin……….Brain washing them before they start asking awkward questions is a well proven winner.

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