Debate: Art, Science and Climate Change
4 December 2009
In Burlington Gardens
Mariele Neudecker, '400 Thousand Generations', 2009. Steel, fiberglass, water, salt GAC100. 153 x 113 x 55 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm. © the artist. Photo courtesy the artist
Details of events running throughout the evening, which are free with an exhibition ticket with no booking required:
6.30pm Introduction to the exhibition by co-curators David Buckland and Kathleen Soriano at the top of the main stairs, in front of Mona Hatoum's Hot Spot.
6.45pm, Gallery 7B, Ackroyd & Harvey, Beuys’ Acorns, 2007 onward
A forum with artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey speaking about their work Beuys’ Acorns with Dr Roland Ennos, Life Sciences, Manchester University, speaking on the role of trees in the water cycle and his research on how increasing green cover in urban areas can mitigate against future temperature rises.
7.15pm, Gallery 10, Antti Laitinen, It’s My Island l-lV, 2007
A forum with artist Antti Laitinen speaking about his piece It's My Island with Robert Barker and Richard Coutts of Baca Architects discussing the challenges and solutions of architecture and engineering to house a rising global population, constructing on areas previously not built on and designing buildings to cope with rising water levels. David Buckland moderates the ensuing discussions.
7.45pm, Gallery 9, Tue Greenfort, Medusa Swarm, 2009
A forum with exhibition curator Kathleen Soriano or Edith Devaney discussing Medusa Swarm by Tue Greenfort, and Professor Callum Roberts, World Wildlife Fund ambassador, oceanographer and marine scientist, York University, discussing rising sea temperatures and acidification of oceans and the impact on living organisms.
8.15pm, Gallery 8, Mariele Neudecker, 400 Thousand Generations, 2009
A forum with artist Mariele Neudecker speaking about her work 400 Thousand Generations with Dr João Rodrigues of the Polar Oceans Physics Group, Cambridge University, discussing changes in the polar sea ice cover and the impact on the ecosystem, and Mariele’s interest in exploring perception.
9pm, Gallery 8
To conclude the evening, Professor Diana Liverman, Director, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, brings together various water-related climate issues and comments on the role of the arts in addressing environmental issues and climate change, shifting perception, raising awareness, provoking thought and action.
Throughout the evening, One-minute climate-change statements
Guest speakers and members of the public speak to camera for one minute about urgent environmental issues that concern them, their vision of the future, how to change the world, imaginative solutions to environmental issues, and their response to the artworks and exhibition. Darren Almond’s artwork Tide - a wall of analogue clocks which flip and sound every minute - provides the backdrop and stopwatch. A selection of these one-minute video clips will be screened on the RA website.