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)

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