NachDenkstatt 2014 – Universität Oldenburg

I’ll be giving a guest lecture on art and sustainability at the University of Oldenburg this Friday (November 21st 2014) to kick off the theatre workshop at the “NachDenkstatt” annual event organized by the university students of Oldenburg. I’ll be also following the rest of that workshop, which lasts over 3 days (Friday to Sunday).

More information here

Art Agora 2014 (Seoul): Art & Sustainability

I will be giving the keynote speech at the Art Agora Forum, in Seoul (South Korea) on November 15th 2014, organized by ARKO and Windylab. Seoul’s Art Agora 2014 is focused on the theme of “Art & Sustainability”. My intervention will be on: “Aesthetics of complexity, artists and resilient communities in urban anthropo-scenes”, and I will be also taking part in a round table on November 16th. See more details here: Program poster (PDF file)
(I will also take this opportunity to to interview Seoul-based artists working on ecological themes.)

Art + Climate Science Event at HFBK Hamburg

I will be giving a talk on Thursday October 16th 2014 at the Hamburg Art School (HFBK Hamburg), at a symposium entitled “Wissenschaft trifft Kunst” (Science meets Art), alongside the closing event of a current exhibition at the HFBK, by art students who did a residence at a climate research center in Hamburg (Exzellenzclusters CliSAP), entitled “Kunst trifft Wissenschaft” (Art meets Science).

More information on the event: here

More information on the residency by the students: here

Speech in Mo i Rana (Norway)

mo i rana

I was invited to contribute to an upcoming event on the ‘Campus Helgeland’ in Mo i Rana (Norway), on October 24th-26th 2014.

About the event:

A gathering of the ar(c)t(ic) tribes II is a seminar on contemporary art, urban development and social change, focusing on art projects in public spaces. What happens when artists intervene directly in society? What is the connection between sustainability and art, e.g. in community development in a local context? Is it possible for art to be an agent for social change?

Target audience: Artists, architects, curators, art historians, employees of museums and art institutions, members of art associations, teachers and other public servants and decision-makers.

Read more on the facebook page of the event: click here

About my contribution: “Cities as anthroposcenes and urban resilience”

In contrast to neoliberal “Creative Class” discourses and “Creative City” policies, attempts towards “Creative Sustainable Cities” should strive to develop urban resilience. I will introduce this perspective and share some preliminary impressions from my ongoing exploration of a few cities around the world, where artists and others are trying to develop urban ‘spaces of possibilities’ with diverse scopes and scales. I will sketch some of the ways in which these cities are engaged with by individuals, groups or coalitions of artists and others , involving a range of relationships to cities as ‘anthroposcenes’ and of potentials for socially transformative effects.

Interview in Zeit Online

I was interviewed in Zeit Online, published on Friday September 12th, alongside the City Link Festival and Congress: http://blog.zeit.de/hamburg/interview-city-link-festival/  

NB: The interview was first edited down to 2 pages by the interviewing journalist, which is fine, but then again further edited and shortened by the ‘editors’ at Zeit online, so that some important points, which I insisted upon to be published, were left out or reformulated by the editors (i.e. extremely simplified, for ‘my’ sentences to be shorter)… for ‘lack of space’, I guess (or rather because they have specific preconceptions about their readers).