Monthly Archives: November 2010

Which wealth for which sustainability?

On December 3rd, I am talking on the theme of “Wealth and Sustainability” at the ‘Open University’ in the “Ready to Change” Forum in Ljubljana, hosted by Bunker within the framework of the Sostenuto project: “Thinking culture as a factor of economic and social innovation.” The Forum lasts from Thursday December 2nd to Saturday December 4th 2010. See the forum’s webpage:

Click here to download the text of the speech


Workshop report now online…

… from the workshop “Sustainable Creative Cities: the role of the arts in globalised urban contexts”

Read the news page on the Culture360 website:

Direct link to the PDF file of the workshop’s short report (a longer report will be published in December):

news release from LabforCulture: research in focus

A very 21st century subject – “Climate change: artists respond”

Artists have a particular role in influencing society:  they are informal agents of change – lobbying and advocating for societal issues. So … how do they respond to climate change?

In the advent of the largest marine oil spill ever in history we wanted to find out more and asked Lidia Varbanova to research whether culture can influence sustainability – and how? Through interviews, mapping and identifying key questions in the culture and climate debate – we bring you the new LfC research in focus, “Climate change: artists respond”.

The interviews represent a diverse group: from the artist, David Buckland; the curator, Michaela Crimmin; the researcher Sacha Kagan, and the diplomat, Helena Drnovšek-Zorko – who each give their personal perspective – considering impact, trailblazers in the field and shedding new light on emerging ideas.

Additionally this research in focus maps the cultural scene for initiatives, blogs, projects, networks and useful reports on culture and climate change. It’s a useful resource of local work aspiring to global ambitions, international art networks connecting to science in its artistic productions and more. You can also submit your own content.

Varbanova highlights key questions in the current debate and unearths exciting schemes and highly innovative people who are turning global issues into artistic visions and linking policy and practice. Read on to learn and think more on how you can design your own future.

Direct link to the interview of Sacha Kagan: click here (the interview was made in September 2010)

Some photos from the ESA Culture conference in Milano

I am uploading a few pictures from the 2 conferences I was at during October. The picture here are from the last conference of the Culture research network of the European Sociological Association, in Milano in early October 2010. Volker Kirchberg and I organized a research session (2 sessions actually) on “the cultures of unsustainability” and Volker also took part in a plenary panel (more info here).


David Haley and Nancy Duxbury

Myself and Olaf Gerlach-Hansen talking about (un)sustainable creative cities

Volker chatting with Stefano Baia Curioni (while someone else is speaking 😉

David, reading someone's paper

Alexandre Polvora, David with a hat, and Onofrio Romano

Apologies to Oleg and everyone else who was with us… The conference photographers were only after David, it seems 😉

Some photos from the ‘sustainable creative cities’ workshop on Oct 2-3

I am uploading a few pictures from the 2 conferences I was at during October. First, the ‘Sustainable Creative Cities: the role of the arts in globalized urban context’ workshop, at the ASEF ‘Connecting Civil Societies’ conference in Brussels on October 2-3 (for more infos click here ; the workshop report will be published online & announced on my blog, in a few days):

Prof. Dr. Masayuki Sasaki, giving the impulse presentation for the workshop

Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, reflecting on Masayuki's article

Christina Stadlbauer, starting a walking conversation with Camille Dumas

David Haley, sharing the insights from a walking conversation about 'what is/could be a sustainable creative city'

Katelijn Verstraete, reporting on the workshop on her macbook, and Rudolf Brünger

Deepak Srinivasan, sharing insights from a walking conversation about 'the roles of the artists'

Myself, proposing as workshop facilitator a synthesis of the insights from the first day

Working on formulating possible recommendations...

Christina, Camille and Kyo Zapanta discussing recommendations

And finally, myself again, presenting our workshop's recommendations to the plenary closing session of the CCS4 Conference

with thanks to Manickam Nadarajah for taking the pictures! Alas, nobody took a picture of him during the workshop…