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.
IDEA (The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association) currently needs some help from all of us who are supportive of arts education, in a difficult situation they are experiencing at the moment with the Ministry of Culture in Brazil.
The campaign focus in short (quote from Robin Pascoe):
We need to convince Ms Marta Suplicy, Minister of Culture in Brazil to intervene to resolve a case which is seriously damaging the professional and personal lives of key drama educators in the Brazilian Network of Arteducators (ABRA). For three years, ABRA has carried a debt which has now grown to US$300,000, caused by the Ministry of Culture, who have refused to meet the organizers to reach a bilateral resolution, since January 2012.
Please find more details in this PDF file: Letter from IDEA to its members, friends and partners (January 2014) To support this campaign, please use the following Word document: Action letter (January 2014)
You can also watch this campaign video from Manoela Souza of the Brazilian Network of Arteducators:
Globalisation and technological progress have ushered us into a new era of development. Never before has the promise of the ‘Good Life’ in a hedonistic, consumerist utopia, been within reach for so many. Yet a significant portion of humanity is still unable to meet their basic needs. These trends are unsustainable, and beg the question: Where are we heading as a global community… and at what cost?
Update: Deadline extended to March 15th, 2014
The 8th midterm Conference of the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts will take place at „Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca from 4 to 6 September 2014, and will be conducted in English. The general theme of the conference is Art and its contexts: cross-disciplinary dialogue.
The Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological context for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven social aspects which characterize the art worlds. A key aim of this conference is to promote collaboration and scholarly exchange between scholars of the arts, to support the presentation of new research projects and to offer inspiration for the further development of sociology of the arts; in other words sociological approaches to art and their tense but promising relations with other approaches by cultural studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics.
The 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research will take place in Hildesheim, Germany, from September 9th to 12th, and in Berlin, from September 12th to 13th, 2014.
ICCPR2014 aims to provide a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. This exploration is not restricted to the contemporary period, or any geographical area. The conference assumes no fixed understanding of the concepts of culture or policy. Continue reading
Fom September 2nd to 6th 2014, the 4th International Degrowth Conference will take place in Leipzig, Germany. Its aim is to seek for alternate models of society and economy, beyond a growth paradigm that leads from crisis to crisis.
Many analyses from various scientific disciplines imply that a growth-based economic and social system cannot have a future: Despite a growing number of technological solutions for a “Green Growth”, global emissions and the consumption of resources are significantly on the rise. It is now high time to develop economic and social models that are independent of growth, and to uncover viable alternatives to the imminent imperative of growth.
Along with scientific exchange there will be ample space for open and activity-oriented formats, aiming to link different approaches and to convert them into reality. Continue reading
As the new year begins, Cultura21′s website is getting a welcome upgrade, thanks to Roland Prüfer, webdesigner and member of the Board of “Cultura21 Institut” in Germany (the organization forming the backbone of Cultura21′s multilingual website). In addition to the new looks, the new features of the website include improved usability for mobile devices. We hope you’ll enjoy the redesigned website!
There may be a few glitches in the first weeks, as we migrate to this new website format. Please be patient. If you still notice some issues or bugs in February, you can then report them to us.
At this occasion, we are also resuming now a more regular posting of news, after four months of pause. (The intensity of our postings will be reduced, compared to the 2011-2013 period, because of the more limited human resources of our team of benevolent network members at the moment.)
October 19, 2013 – February 2, 2014
The Cape Farewell Foundation in Canada announced details today of four-month cultural engagement on one of the most pressing issues of our time— climate change. The Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival will take place between October 2013 and February 2014, encompassing multifaceted programs, including a major exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Centre for Contemporary Culture, a performing arts festival with The Theatre Centre, and a rich series of public programs and events. As the centrepiece, the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition at the ROM opens October 19, 2013 – February 2, 2014. The exhibition will include collaborative projects by: Zacharias Kunuk + Ian Mauro, Myfanwy MacLeod + Janna Levitt, Mel Chin, Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak, Sharon Switzer, Minerva Cuevas, Melanie Gilligan + Tom Ackers, Donald Weber, David Buckland + Tom Rand, and Jaco Ishulutaq. The exhibition was produced by Cape Farewell Foundation in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture and is curated by David Buckland and Claire Sykes. Continue reading
Friday 30 August, 2013, Navigating Ecological Times, Whitechapel Gallery, London
A study afternoon of presentations and discussion on art practice and sustainability with artists Lise Autogena, Fernando Garcia-Dory and Tamás Kaszás and led by curators by Maja and Reuben Fowkes. This symposium looks at the challenges of living in ecological times and the sense in which the current political, economic and environmental predicament might also offer opportunities for a sustainable transformation of global society. How have artists sought to navigate the dilemmas of living and working in a world system that seems chronically out of touch with ecological realities and can they, through their practice and approach to the world, act as guides during times of crisis?
‘Navigating Ecological Times’ is realised through the River School and supported by the EU Culture Programme. Maja and Reuben Fowkes are art historians and curators whose interests in the field of art and ecology are manifest in their curated exhibitions, symposia and writings, which have explored key ideas and practices around green curating, environmental art history and the sustainability of contemporary art. Their work also focuses on the theory and aesthetics of East European art from the art production of the socialist era to contemporary artistic responses to the transformations brought by globalisation.
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18th September, 2013, Sustainable 2Wheels, Brussels, Belgium
European Mobility Week 2013 aims to clean up our air, and by doing so, create a healthier, happier Europe. The facts are clear – cleaner cities are healthier cities. .. This year’s European Mobility Week slogan, “Clean air – it’s your move!”, reflects the power that citizens have to clean up air quality through their mobility choices. It is a reminder that we all have a part to play, and that even small changes, such as commuting by bicycle rather than taking the car, opting for public transport, or choosing to walk, can enhance our quality of life. The Sustainable 2Wheels event on the Esplanade of the European Parliament seeks to draw together European businesses, policymakers and citizens to explore how 2wheel transport solutions can contribute to cleaner, greener, healthier living environments.
This year’s event will feature :
• A show and test area on the Esplanade of the European Parliament open to the public.
• Two interactive debate sessions with senior business, civil society and policymaker representatives.
• Presentation of the inaugural Sustainable 2Wheels Yearbook
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