Category Archives: Arts

The Law of Seeds – Art by Beth Grossman

6:00pm – 8:00pm
at Brisbane City Hall

50 Park Place, Brisbane, CA 94005


Activist artist Beth Grossman is calling attention to the genetically engineered seeds that are having a huge impact on food sources worldwide. Brisbane, California has decided to act locally and think globally by adopting a BILL OF SEED RIGHTS Proclamation and to commemorate it with an art exhibit.

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Arts & Sustainability – Events in Singapore

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i Light Festival

7th – 30th of March 2014, 7:30pm – 11pm, Marina Bay Waterfront, Free Admission


i Light Marina Bay is Asia’s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content, the intelligent use of lighting as well as an international line-up of creative talents. Themed Light+heART, the festival this year features 28 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world. The Marina Bay waterfront will be transformed into a magical space of light and colour for the public to celebrate both public spaces and creativity. Continue reading


(An)Other Art World(s)? Imagination Beyond Fiction

The first issue of the ArtLeaks Gazette was aimed at bringing critical awareness of the challenges and obstacles of the contemporary art system. While they considered this a necessary initial step in enacting meaningful transformations of this system, ArtLeaks now feels the need to move beyond exposure and breaking the silence into ways of engagement, or what does it mean to be agents of change in the art world today?


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Taipei Biennial 2014

The French art critic/curator Nicolas Bourriaud (b. 1965) has been selected as the curator of the Taipei Biennial 2014. Titled The Great Acceleration, it will develop his curatorial concept for the biennial around the topic Art and Its New Ecosystem: A Global Set of Relations.

Since 1998, the Taipei Biennial has launched its international programming in the city by inviting guest curators to contribute to an enriched environment, cross-cultural practices, and to showcase disciplines and new practices of art today. But the Taipei Biennial also endeavours to address social and historical issues concerning the city (Taipei) as a place, not merely a venue, by mixing artists and elements of the city.

In this light, Nicolas Bourriaud will expand on his theory of relational aesthetics, examining how contemporary art expresses this new contract among human beings, animals, plants, machines, products and objects. The exhibition will highlight the way artists focus on links, chainings, connections and mutations, and how they envision planet Earth as a huge network, where new states of matter and new forms of relations appear, forming a new state of the “ghost dance” between people and objects that Karl Marx has described in the 19th century.

The Taipei Biennial 2014 will be held at Taipei Fine Arts Museum from 13 September 2014 through 4 January 2015.

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PhD research programme in the Arts and Humanities

The Neue Galerie Luzern–Swiss Academic Association (NGL–SAA) together with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK, has created a new PhD program.


Embedded in the quality of the educational work achieved by the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, and the objective to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the arts, society and culture, the PhD program attracts scholars from these different fields of cultural practice:

–Curators, art educators, artists, scientists, cultural activists, cultural intermediaries, change agents, designers, and policy-makers in an international context
–Cultural workers who work as academic experts in science and governance, and related areas of philosophy, sociology, geography, cartography, policy analysis and law, as well as stakeholders from the public cultural sector or art and media institutions
–Artists and mediators who are directly involved in composing, designing, imagining, interpreting, or manipulating signs and symbols in order to create music, television programmes, films, art, clothing, graphic designs, images, and other forms of texts
–Researchers in the arts and social sciences, cultural practitioners from public, profit-oriented or non-profit cultural institutions, networks, galleries, museums and theatres, the performing arts, architecture, and educational institutions
–Researchers who are interested in the production, spatialisation and dissemination of knowledge which includes ecological, ethical as well as practical philosophical approaches to the risks and opportunities that science and technology entail. Continue reading

Art and Biodiversity: Sustainable Art?

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[Plastik Art & Science] # 4

Ed. Agnès Foiret, online since February 15 2014 :

The 4th issue of the partly bilingual (French-English) Art & Science Journal [Plastik], published by University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, is out. The five articles available in English are marked in red color below:

 Table of Contents :

- Art, culture et préservation de la biodiversité / Anne Teyssèdre
- Peut-on établir un lien entre l’évolution des concepts en écologie et les productions  artistiques et  culturelles d’aujourd’hui tournées vers l’idée de nature, d’environnement et de développement durable ?  / Corinne Matheron
- La Pratique de l’art écologique - The practice of ecological art /  Sacha Kagan
- Regards sur ces artistes bio contemporains / Loïc Fel et Joanne Clavel
- L’exposition comme biote / Bénédicte Ramade
- Art et environnement : prolonger la question de l’habiter / Nathalie Blanc et Emeline Eudes
- GR2013 / Cécile Bourne-Farrell
- Recyclages narratifs et autres désenclavements épistémologiques / Gentiane Bélanger
- Exsiccata ou la rhétorique de l’herbier
/ Eugénie Denarnaud
- Le vivant végétal à la mesure du temps / Elisabeth Amblard
- La Licorne de la liberté / Frédéric Triail
- Biodiversity in the Multifaceted Uncertainty of the Knowledge Economy: the case of ecoLAB / Lorena Lozano
- Sculpted by the Milieu – Frogs as Media
/ Jens Hauser
- Stratégies d’adaptation dans l’Anthropocène : une promenade et une carte / Karen O’Rourke
- Devenir et divertissement : fondements d’une métaphysique négative par l’usage de la cruauté. L’animal en jeu dans Ecce Homo / Chloé Royac et Renaud Subra (CRYS)
- Vile Bodies / Ronald Binnie
- Texte-miroir, vers son monde de vie ou l’hypothèse de la reine bleue / Benjamin Arnault
- An artist’s role in biodiversity loss: a case study /  Sara Gevurtz

Institut ACTE – CNRS UMR 8218
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
47 rue des Bergers 75015 Paris – France
plastik [dot] art [dot] science [at] gmail [dot] com

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Arts and Ecology: emerging uses for digital technologies

Digital Creativity is a journal devoted to the intersection of the creative arts and digital technology. Concerned with both the practical and the theoretical, Digital Creativity offers a unique forum to researchers and practitioners involved in the interdisciplinary nature of making or using digital media in creative contexts. They include such disciplines as fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography,
printmaking, sculpture, 3D design, interaction design, product design, textile and fashion design, film-making, animation, games design, music, dance, drama, creative writing, poetry, interior design, architecture, and urban design.


Proposal for a special issue of Digital Creativity Vol 25 No 4

Call for papers

In this special issue, they explore the emergent practice known broadly as ‘Arts & Ecology’, a set of practices in which arts practice engages with the natural world.
Practice might be issues-based or activist in nature, or may simply have a desire to reflect upon or engage directly with nature or ecology. This special issue of the journal seeks writers, theorists, practitioners, and other researchers who can reflect on this practice and on emerging and emergent uses of digital technologies within it. Can it be said that there is a new awareness of and a newly-emergent practice of nature writing? Are ecological artists using technologies in different ways? Do
ecological pressure impact upon how we use, develop and fuel our technologies? Can renewable energy play a part in a technological arts practice? Are digital technologies changing the ways in which people can engage with the natural world? How are cultural practices remixing the digital world with the more-than-human and other-than-human worlds? We welcome philosophical and/or theoretical reflection as well as detailed descriptions of practice or critique.

Important dates:
Abstracts are due on May 1, 2014
Short/long papers are due on: July 10, 2014
Final, revised papers are due on: August 23, 2014
Expected publication: November, 2014

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USA: Art exhibition about climate change, coal and superfunds

In the new exhibition ‘Altered State’, which runs at the Holter Museum in Helena, Montana, until 13 April 2014, the popular American painter Monte Dolack takes a look at controversial topics such as climate change, coal, superfund sites, and the effects of extractive companies moving into Montana’s wild spaces.

Reposted from Culture|Futures.

Monte Dolack is a well-known and popular artist in Montana, and with this new exhibition, he still tries to speak to a wider audience, he told Darby Minow Smith from Grist magazine, though he is touching on a much more controversial topic than anything else he has produced over the 40 years he has been working as a visual artist.

» Monte Dolack’s home page and online gallery:

Holland: Conference on the future sustainability of European culture organisations

The conference ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ aims to develop a range of practical strategies and tactics for the future sustainability of European culture organisations.

Reposted from Culture|Futures.

‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ is a three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on 2-4 April 2014, presented by Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg and P60, taking place in Amsterdam and Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

The idea of the conference is to explore how cultural organisations can meet the needs of the future: What are the prospects are cultural organisations operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society?

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Edith Cowan University Western Australia, on Feb. 19th, 2014.
The aim of this Colloquium is to establish a dialogue between creative arts and critical studies researchers, scholars and students, around the idea of working with nature, as proposed by Warwick Mules in his book, With Nature, to be launched at the colloquium. Working with nature is the counter-practice of remaking material things in resistance to the “denaturing” of the world by globalisation. By working with nature, things become reconnected to nature in an open, creative matrix of possibilities, more closely related to the earth. Earthed things give meaning back to the world to counter the meaninglessness of a globalising world of total value exchange. These ideas have been proposed in Warwick’s book, With Nature: Nature Philosophy as Poetics through Schelling, Heidegger, Benjamin and Nancy (Intellect, 2014).
Confirmed speakers include Glenn Albrecht, Oron Catts, Rod Giblett, John Ryan, Nandi Chinna, Gregory Pryor, Paul Uhlmann and Perdita Phillips. Includes the launch of Warwick Mules’ With Nature followed by a launch of 3 poetry books by Glen Phillips.
Registration is $25 and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
More information here.