I’ll be involved in a few events this month:
- From September 4th to 6th in Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), at the 8th Conference of the Sociology of the Arts Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA Arts RN), I will do a presentation on “The city as anthropo-scene? Art and urban spaces of possibility in the Anthropocene”. I will also be chairing a few sessions, and am organizing one additional, experimental format at the conference: the “Cluj Transect Walk” on September 3rd and its feedback session during the conference. Link to conference website
- On September 12th in Hamburg (at the Hafencity University), I will be talking at the International City Link Congress “Cities, Culture and Sustainability”. My talk will be on “The emergence of creative sustainable cities”. Link to Congress website
- On September 13th, in Hamburg, I am part of a debate (in German language) at “P/ART Producers Artfair”, on “an Den Rändern Mittendrin: Kunst & Stadt”. Link to the website.
- On September 25th, I will be part of a debate in Oslo (Norway), at the Stenersenmuseet, on “Økologisk kollaps: Kunst, forskning, aktivisme – hvordan skape allianser?” (I will add the English title and more info as soon as available).
Some people have been asking me whether the book we published in 2008, Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures, is still available in hard copies, or as ebook, given that it is not (or not often, and not for new copies) available at Amazon anymore. So I inquired with the publisher, and can share the following information:
There are still about 40 hard copies available, that you can directly order from the publisher, at www.vas-verlag.de (direct link to the book: here) or by email at “Südost Service”: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next year (2015) or maybe already at the very end of this year (2014), the book will be made available as eBook, by the publisher VAS in partnership with “LIBREKA”.
My talk on May 14th 2014 about “Cultures of sustainability: Transdisciplinary research cultures”, at the international Symposium “Cultures of Sustainability in the Age of Climate Crisis”, May 13-15 2014, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Telemark University College, Bø (Norway), got recorded on video and is now available for watching online (the recorded talk lasts 61 minutes – the plenary discussion that followed the talk is not included in the edited video uploaded by Telemark University College):
The video can also be downloaded for offline watching:
And there is even an audio file for download:
The Symposium was organized as part of COST IS 1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability”.
By the way: Just one short comment about the video-recorded lecture: One colleague in the audience pointed me (in the following day) at one possible misunderstanding that my talk might generate. When I say the “ETH” approach in this talk, please understand it as a shorthand for “an approach and research culture stemming from researchers at the ETH” but not as implying that I am talking about everything going on and everyone at the ETH. Unlike the CIRET, the ETH is a very big organization and there are, at the ETH, also other approaches (and nuances) than the one I am focusing on in this talk. As I said in my talk, I am focusing here on two approaches that have international significance, but am not at all claiming that these are the only two approaches to Transdisciplinarity…
I am invited as keynote speaker to give a talk on May 14th about “Cultures of sustainability: Transdisciplinary research cultures”, at the international Symposium “Cultures of Sustainability in the Age of Climate Crisis”, May 13-15 2014, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Telemark University College, Bø (Norway). The Symposium is organized as part of COST IS 1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability”.
Besides, in the days shortly before and after the symposium, I will meet and interview several artists and artivists who are engaged in ways related to ‘cultures of sustainability’ in the city of Oslo…
More information about the Symposium: here
I published a short opinion piece in “The Straits Times” (Singapore) last Thursday (April 10th 2014). As Singapore newspapers are hard to find for many of us in the rest of the world, here’s the text of that piece (I had to keep it very short and fulfill the edit requests of the newspaper… I am also doing a longer article in a book to be published soon by the organizers of the i Light symposium).
Last month (March) I was invited to give a keynote address on art and sustainability at the i Light Symposium held at the URA Centre in Maxwell Rd. The aim of the conference was to bring together leading thinkers in the area of Light and Art, interrogating art’s power to improve society. I had diverse conversations with artists, architects, social scientists and others, on unsustainable development. I visited neighbourhoods ranging from Marina Bay to Bukit Brown.
These first impressions raised my awareness of the specific challenges of urban resilience for Singapore. In particular, impending climate change raises the question of Singapore’s “resilience” to serious future crises. Will it survive when the trusted approaches that granted wealth and stability to the island in the past will be severely tested? Continue reading