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Confronting a planet in a state of emergency

Eco-Visionaries Symposium


Saturday 22 February 2020
10am — 6pm

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Futurefarmers, Seed Procession, 2016.

Part of Seed Journey, 2016 – ongoing, 2016.

Photograph by Monica Lovdahl. Courtesy of Futurefarmers.

Join us for a day of exploring new research that will help us understand the complexity of current ecological challenges and proposals for how to address them.

The Eco-Visionaries exhibition examines humankind’s impact on the planet and presents innovative approaches that reframe our relationship with nature.

As part of the accompanying programme, we bring artists, architects, critics and academics together for a symposium that expands the conversation even further and looks at inventive and critical spatial solutions that reconfigure or address current ecological changes. We hope to highlight a range of approaches, from visualisations of current and projected environmental changes and designs to aid us in adapting to this changing world; to projects that radically reconfigure the relationship between human and nature.

All contributors will be asked to present 15-minute papers as part of two sessions, one focusing on new research that is helping us understand the complexity of the current environmental crisis, the other showcasing future-facing propositions that suggest new ways of living in a changed world. Each session will be followed by a chaired panel discussion, which will also allow time for questions from the audience.

At lunchtime, a keynote lecture will be delivered by Clare Brass, a designer and trainer with a product design background. She is the founder of SustainRCA and Director of Department 22, offering training and education in design, innovation and the circular economy with a focus on food systems.

Following the afternoon session, a second keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Dr. Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, her work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world.

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Saturday 22 February 2020

10am — 6pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£25, £15