The artists brought together for this show reveal an imagery that has been inspired by the current mutations in our environment. They deal with diverse matters such as Chernobyl, global warming and the rise in oil rates. At times close to science-fiction, these artists imagine new stories which pay witness to the curiosity and fears derived from this changing reality
VASTAL is a temporary research and education institute that Adam Zaretsky has set up in Amsterdam following an invitation by the Waag Society. Zaretsky will give lectures and workshops on Art and Life Sciences. The School was born with the objective of showing what it means to work artistically and scientifically with living organisms and materials. It also aims to make this form of art-science accessible for a broader audience and invite them to discuss the ethical and aesthetic issues at stake.
The project aimed at developing a series of tools that would enable city-dwellers to manage/monitor/research an urban garden using open-software and as much recycled materials as possible (mostly city waste that may include computers, printers, traffic lights or plastic bottles.)
Together with a team of 14 people and the help of a whole range of experts, Cesar Harada is currently busy developing the Open Sailing project, a floating architecture that evolves like a living organism, a laboratory for techno-social experiments
The Game is Up! chose a challenging theme: today’s ecological and economical crisis. The festival could hardly ignore that it was stepping on trodden tracks. Yet, the event’s pleasant mix of low tech, no-tech and high-tech installations, performances, graffiti, workshops and debates managed to amaze and inspire
transmediale’s 2009 award exhibition presents a spectrum of artistic positions, inquiries and responses to the multifacetted, and often contradictory scenarios of climate change. Will the melting of the polar ice-caps lead to an emergency situation in which survival is paramount? Beyond the spectre of a world knocked out of climatic control by our collective lack of foresight, the exhibition explores the symptoms, contexts and possible futures of a seemingly imperceptible yet fundamental change
What if Jimmy Carter had been re-elected in 1981? What would have happened if money and resources had been poured into geo-engineering rather than into space programs?
The work is both intensely dramatic and irresistibly funny. Flooded McDonald’s hints at the consumer-driven power and influence, but also ‘impotence, of large multinationals in the face of climate change.’ Unlike some documentaries on the same subject, the movie doesn’t point an angry finger, it doesn’t give lessons and make you feel guilty as sin, it elegantly and comically allows you to draw your own conclusions
Last Summer, curatorial research group Capsula embarked on the first of its Curated Expeditions, a series of research trips that engage with earthly phenomena through artistic investigation.
3 artists were invited to the scientific Zoo in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, in order to collaborate with scientists and other experts and study the impact of a total solar eclipse on animals and human beings
There is No Road consists of a range of artists’ projects that record or evoke a series of actual or imaginary journeys, either through the local landscape of Asturias, or through a comparably remote and mountainous terrain
Domesticated jungle meets contemporary art. If the Xanadu of art existed it would be this place. Or at least something disturbingly similar.
One of the most popular pavilions this year is probably the Japanese one, surrounded as it is by greenhouses, little wooden benches and tea tables for visitors to have a rest. Designed by the edgy and young architect Junya Ishigami, the pavilion is a hybrid between an artificial environment or an element of topography
Booklets on media art, politically-engaged graphic design and comics zine, essays about cities built from zero, slums and the worst way to deal with them, etc. What a lovely Summer i just had
Gosh! Was it hot that day! That didn’t prevent Lucas to hide inside a cabinet waiting for passersby to roll him home, Jenny walked around in black jacket monitoring wifi signals and Gerry morsed around the neighbourhood
Philippe Rahm re-created, inside a room, the climate and exact daylight that the city of Bolzano would experience in the absence of global warming. The installation demonstrates how today, you can still obtain a ‘natural’ climate but only through artificial means
Two site-specific projects at the Contemporary Art Space in Castellon engage with the theme of ‘remodeled spaces and minimal interventions.’ One is a semi-transparent space for mediation, the other is a community of plants
The International Symposium on Electronic Art takes place biannually in various cities throughout the world. This year, the main exhibition features 16 works developed specifically for ISEA2008 by international and local artists. Priscilla Bracks reports from Singapore
Is the grass really greener in your neighbour’s garden?
In her installation and book, Ines Doujak criticizes the way multinational corporations reap profits by taking out patents on indigenous plants, food, knowledge, even human tissues from developing countries and turn them into lucrative products. Without sharing the benefits with the country of origin
Antarctica is the first complete and organic public showing of the artworks created by the artists as a result of their experience to the edge of the world
An exhibition of artworks which makes more tangible the contradictions and responsibilities that we encounter personally and as a society, giving the public the possibility of broadening and analyzing our perceptions and actions
12 minutes packed with DIY kits to turn pee into fertilizer, vending machines for crows and the dark sides of social networks
In January, the lab was opening its doors to present KiBu’s projects, get feedback on their work from visitors, drink hot chocolate and end the evening with performances.
Imagine on a stroll through Hyde Park you are met with an eerie silence. All the twittering birds have disappeared.
Being aware of the current environmental crisis doesn’t mean being able to comprehend its extent and complexity. A few words with Brooke Singer and Michael Mandiberg
Meet the hamster that plays cards with the family, the t-shirts that sweats, the singing flower pot and other projects that reflect on the definition of life.
Second part of the report from Ecomedia. The projects presented in the exhibition are founded on progressive ecological models and conceive utopian horizons in the process.
The exhibition presents artistic projects founded on progressive ecological models. Besides, the show examines the role of art and new media over and above science, technology, and ecoactivism
A low profile (that’s their words) artist group whose work focuses on the research and creation of open-source minor architectures and low-tech modifications of everyday life
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