News Archive 2008



Integral Ecoawareness Laboratory
12-14 December in Berlin, Germany

Integral Ecoawareness Training and Practice is an invitation to explore all layers of life through the personal experiential perspective.
This laboratory weaves together exploratory research in dance, somatics and deep ecological thinking. We encourage you to experiment. Experimentation creates possibilities. More information. More experiences. More insights. We invite you to allow new ways of perceiving, thinking and experiencing to emerge. This lab opens pathways to empower the individual to creatively engage in change.
Taught by four international art and sustainability educators, the laboratory will include Laban/Bartenieff, contact-improvisation, somatics/bodywork, acting, permaculture and nature awareness methodologies.
Facilitators are: Satu Palokangas, Stefa Roth, Bruno Caverna, Lars Schmidt
Date: 12 - 14 December 2008, (fri 14-17h, sat/sun 12-17h)
Location: Studio Art 13, Dresdner Strasse 11, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Fee: 60/45 Euros. contact(at)


Conference North American Association for Environmental Education
Wichita, Kansas, United States, 15-18 Oct., 2008

37TH Annual Conference North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Wichtia, Kansas
The Call for Presentations is now open. Deadline January 18, 2008.
Conference Strands:
* Art, Culture and Environmental Education
* Best Practices for Advancing Environmental Education
* Conservation Education
* Early Childhood Education
* Energy Education
* Environmental Justice, Environmental Health, and Climate Change
* Food, Agriculture and Environmental Education
* Religion, Spirituality and Environmental Education


Conference "How to Cope in a Changing World - Environment, Culture and Health in Transition"
Sigdal, Asker, Norway, 11-14 Oct., 2008

The conference "How to Cope in a Changing World will be organized by the NaCuHeal Academy in cooperation with NaCuHeal Norway, NaCuHeal Asker and NaCuHeal International, and will take place in Sigdal and at Sem Gjestegaard in Asker. October 11-14, 2008. See the program.

Purpose of the conference:
1. To analyze major changes and challenges in our world today.
2. Show strategies and practical cases on how to meet this future.
3. Learning by doing.
4. Several walks into the nature, dialogue and silence.


Human Nature, Wild Nature: Deep sustainability through Ecotherapy
Knoydart, Scotland, 6-12 Oct., 2008

Facilitators: David Key & Mary-Jayne Rust

This is a retreat-style course set in a wild, remote and beautiful place. It's designed for anyone wishing to encourage sustainable living through a deeper level of psychological awareness. The course weaves together theory and personal experience to provide powerful inspiration for home and work.
We have come to believe that we are separate from nature: that we have, somehow, transcended our earthly biology and made ourselves an exception to ecological rules. This ‘separation myth’ has led us to live beyond our habitat’s ability to sustain us and we must deal with it urgently, if we are to survive its consequences.
‘Deep sustainability’ calls for a level of personal and cultural change that only emerges when we weave human Being directly back into the fabric of the Earth. It’s about a sense of personal identity that is seamlessly integrated into the biosphere. We respond to deep sustainability through our own deep-rooted sense of ourselves as nature, rather than through a sense of responsibility to nature as something separate.
While the practical changes we need to make to our lifestyles are essential, deep sustainability requires us to make a consciousness shift which challenges many of the familiar ways we see ourselves and the world.
This courses explores the psychopathology of the modern separation myth and how we might heal it. The quality of wildness, that ‘self-willed’ creative force that runs through the heart of all things, provides a thread that can directly reconnect us back to our ecological selves. We come to remember, beyond the realms of intellectual doubt, that we are of nature. This form of ecological therapy offers a way to re-unite personal and planetary healing.
Much of the learning on this course will be experiential in a wild and inspirational place. Through small group work, creative process, story-telling and discussion we will explore the practices and ideas of the rapidly emerging field of ecotherapy.

You will spend five days and six nights in an area of wild beauty and ancestral history and we will take every opportunity to work outside, weather permitting. At the heart of this course is the opportunity to experience ‘solo time’, which provides a rare and powerful opportunity for restoration and reconnection.
Care will be taken to minimize the ecological footprint of this course; as far as possible, food will be local and organic.

Day One
Settling in, introductions and course overview.

Day Two
Getting to know the place we are in, greeting the land.
Exploring the landscape of ecotherapy and other outdoor therapies.
Asking the questions: What is ecotherapy? What is the ecological self? What is deep sustainability?

Day Three
Walking (at the pace of the slowest person) and preparing for the solo time.
Some of this territory will include: synchronicity and nature; mirroring of nature; animate earth; indigenous thinking.

Day Four
A dawn to dusk ‘solo’ spent in silence. This is the heart of the course for many participants.
This is not a test of survival! Rather, this is a rare chance to simply ‘be’ in the humbling face of nature, and to be mindful of all that this may bring, outside and inside.

Day Five
Telling the stories of our solo time.

Day Six
Exploring what each of us has to offer at this time of planetary crisis.
Considering the following: designing eco-therapeutic experiences; facilitation & leadership; boundaries; reviewing; evaluation; personal activism and commitments.


Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet
San Diego, USA, Aug. 2008 – Feb. 2009

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet is a pioneering artist residency and collaborative exhibition project that, for the first time on this scale, uses contemporary art to investigate the changing nature of some of the most biodiverse regions on earth and the communities that inhabit those regions.
MCASD David C. Copley Director Hugh M. Davies remarked, "This dynamic group of groundbreaking contemporary artists continually creates thoughtful works that push the boundaries of what art is. For Human/Nature, the artists are producing engaging works that prompt viewers to question their relationships to the world in which we live."
The artists each traveled to a World Heritage site of their choice and completed two or more mini-residencies, creating works based on their experiences. Through a wide range of works that cross all media, Human/Nature encourages global support for the protection of cultural and biological diversity and provokes new questions regarding conservation, cultural understanding, and artistic inspiration.
"If we are going to effect change, it must be a concerted effort between people in the arts, in the sciences, and people working directly towards a better future for our planet. This is where Human/Nature positions itself as a model for change: artists working together with the communities and individuals most concerned with the fate of these World Heritage sites. These collaborations create hope for the future," stated Jacquelynn Baas, Director Emeritus of BAM/PFA.


Salo region Finland, 12-26 Sept. 2008

In 2006 an ambitious exhibition series including films on Art and Ecology started taking place in the Salo Region of Finland - Green Art Halikonlahti. It began with works focusing on observation of the environment, the relationship between mankind and the environment, reflections on how people deal with their environment, and how people are taking care on environmental issues. In 2008 the second exhibition will focus on water.

The exhibition present artists living in the Baltic Sea Region plus few artists from other regions.
Major focus is on water issues in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region, water and climate change, invasive species, algae, water quality in the Nordic Sea, Baltic Sea, rivers, lakes and cross-border waterways. We encourage very much collaborations with other fields based in science, literature, philosophy, forward-looking Finnish environmental agencies, scientists and ecologists.
(Georg Dietzler, co-curator)


Divergence: n50.26 w03.41
MA Arts and Ecology, Dartington College of Art Degree Show
Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 October, 2008. Bristol.

Opening event: 7-9 pm 1st October at The Star and Dove Contemporary Artspace
Performances and Films: 7-11 pm, 2nd October, The Cube Cinema, Dove Street South

A show of playful interactions, thoughtful interruptions, and beautiful experiments by ten artists graduating from the first MA in Arts and Ecology. The show promises to be a dynamic mix of works exploring individual relationships to place. Through a broad array of interactions, interventions and experiments the artists explore narratives, journeys and communication whilst using a host of methods to archive their experiences and expose them to new audiences. ‘Divergence: n50.26 w03.41’ will feature performance, social sculpture,
works on paper, audio, film and installation.

Artists: Bram Thomas Arnold, Rebecca Beinart, Eleanor Wynne, Davis, Rebecca Egeling,
Jane Hodgson, Cara Keane, Anna Keleher, Eilis Kirby, Claire Long and Richenda MacGregor

Conference: Education Waking to Threat, Hope and Possibility
England, 9–11 Sept., 2008

There is increasingly abundant and convergent evidence from climate change scientists that human-induced global heating is irreversible in the foreseeable future and that, at best, a narrowing window of opportunity remains for warding off the most cataclysmic impacts on the planetary and human condition. We are confronted by the grim prospect of a world marked by advancing aridity, massive human depopulation and the consequent compression of remaining populations in the wake of mass migration, increasing pressure on dwindling food resources, the intensification in both frequency and impact of extreme environmental events, and rising levels of civil and international conflict. The details cannot be predicted; but there is no longer serious doubt that the planet is facing a human-induced crisis on a scale hitherto unknown.
The aim of this conference in Plymouth will be to explore, in this context, how to shape and deliver an education for sustainable futures that brings hope, possibility and transformation. All aspects and levels of education will be on the conference agenda; but there will be particular emphasis on the contribution to be made by the universities and other institutions of higher education.
The conference will include a range of papers, posters and workshops, together with work for exhibition and presentations in the visual and performing arts.
First Call for Papers: 11 January 2008
University of Plymouth, UK, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Futures
in association with Bradford Ecoversity, Kingston University and the Higher Education Academy ESD Project


Shifting Terrain. Dancing new ways of perceiving
Berlin, Germany, 3-7 Sept., 2008

This workshop weaves together exploratory research in dance, somatics and ecological thinking into a sustainable life model.
It is our belief that in order to tackle the questions we face in the world today, we need to start with our perceptions. Participants will be invited to experience a state that goes beyond their own cultural believes. By deconstructing perceptual concepts of any nature, habitual patterns, lifelong conditionings as well as many limiting mindsets they will be encouraged to question their own belief systems. This unfamiliar landscape, which may appear frightening at times, in fact may provide an extremely fertile terrain for new discoveries.
One way to recover our ethical base and understanding our interconnected nature with our surroundings is to 'dance our thinking'. In this workshop, we will integrate movement and holistic approaches to ecology.
You will acquire an understanding of:

- Interconnectivity between your thoughts and actions
- How your perceptions affect interaction with the natural world
- A clearer view of relationships with the world around you
- The value of art to ecology and ecology to art
- The interplay between art and science
- Gain skills of touch and somatic expression
- How to live more sustainably in a world of constant change
- The parallel between how you treat yourself and how you treat the natural world

Taught by four international art and sustainability educators, the training will include Laban/Bartenieff, contact-improvisation, somatics/bodywork, permaculture and nature awareness methodologies.
The workshop will take place at Gut Stolzenhagen, one hour north of Berlin, a dance center in peaceful natural surroundings.
This workshop is designed for artists and facilitators from all areas, who are searching for ways to integrate creative and ecological approaches and research their impact on our daily lives.
Facilitators: Satu Palokangas (FIN), Stefa Roth (GER), Bruno Caverna (BRA/NOR), Lars Schmidt (GER)
Registration: contact(at)



Conference 'New Energy in Old Landscapes'
Ockelbo, Sweden, 4-6 Sept., 2008

Much of the heat in the climate debate is generated by the desire to find new ways of thinking that harmonise with political visions of the environment. How do we deal with major threats? Are there any lessons we can draw from history? How can we encourage each other to identify innovative solutions?
These questions, and more, will be on the agenda of the Nordic conference "New Energy in Old Landscapes" in Sweden in September. The aim is to initiate a dialogue about the climate by bringing together landscapes, renewable energy and art in a joint quest for creative and long-term solutions.
The agenda will also include a debate about producing energy crops that have a positive effect on nature and the cultural environment, designing landscapes to promote biological diversity, as well as aesthetics and renewable fuels.
The conference will consist of lectures, workshops and excursions dealing with the landscape, energy crops, wind power and art. The event is targeted at decision-makers, the business world, civil servants and opinion-makers from the Nordic countries.
It will be held in Högbo bruk och Wij Trädgårdar, approx. 200 kilometres north of Stockholm, 4-6 September. The deadline for registration is 30 June.



'Wild Painting' summer art course in the Norwegian mountains
Sandane, Norway,
28 July - 1 Aug. 2008

At this 4 day painting course, participants will draw and paint the rough and breathtaking landscape along the steep slopes of Fjord-Norway. Teacher Jan van Boeckel, himself a landscape painter, will facilitate a form of painting which he calls "wild painting", connecting with nature in new and exciting ways, in an effort to see the world around us with fresh eyes. All participants will get personal instructions and feedback, in either English of Swedish. This course includes delicious organic food, sometimes at the farm, sometimes "in the field".

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Artful Ecologies 2. Art, Nature & Environment Conference
University College Falmouth, United Kingdom, 9-12 July, 2008


The second Art, Nature & Environment conference organised and hosted by the RANE research cluster at University College Falmouth, will take place over four days in July of this year. The conference aims to bring together some of the leading members of the artistic community and the growing community of artists and researchers already engaging with RANE, to consider and discuss how artists might best address current ecological concerns.

Since the successful inaugural Artful Ecologies conference in 2006, any doubts that our planet's ecology is now in real danger have been left far behind. Many now argue that we are on the verge of a crisis that could very soon turn to catastrophe. The number of different scenarios we now face, largely of our own making, all present harsh realities and paint bleak pictures of our future. These problems include the creation of a climate that will make large regions of the earth uninhabitable and force an unprecedented loss of species to rival the planet’s previous mass extinctions. Within a generation, toxic levels of pollution and the predicted population explosion will begin to place huge demands on limited resources, with potential shortages of food and water making survival for many an impossibility. The magnitude of the task ahead is almost impossible to imagine, harder still to tackle.


Environmental Art Workshop: Thinking Green
United States, 21-25 July, 2008

Alan Sonfist, Instructor, John Grande, Special Guest Artist
Concept: Students will identify and explore environmental concerns and how they might be translated into art. We will be working on a group project about the region. Discussions on the relationship between art and the environment, and on the dynamics of environmental art and sculpture will be led by John K. Grande, a guest critic and writer in the workshop.
Media & Techniques: Site-specific group sculpture project and discussions will revolve around natural materials.
Activities: Slides,lectures and discussions on all realms of sculpture and ideas.
Technical demos, studio work, individual and group discussions along with site planning and model construction.


Education in a Changing Climate
Unity, Maine, United States, 27 July - 2 Aug., 2008

Education in a Changing Climate is a week-long workshop that takes place at Unity College in Maine. Designed for educators of all kinds, the workshop challenges participants to teach about the environment in innovative ways and aspires to find new audiences and venues for environmental learning. The workshop is co-sponsored by Unity College and The Orion Society, publisher of Orion magazine.

Through field-based learning, conversations, and presentations, participants will use their creativity and imagination to develop skills that help them bring urgent environmental issues—especially climate change—into their classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and curriculum. Core faculty includes scientist Nalini Nadkarni, writer/activist Janisse Ray, writer/educator Lowell Monke, and Carey E. Stanton of the National Wildlife Federation.


Velkommen til(bake til) Skillebyholm! (Norsk / Norwegian)
Järna, Sweden, 8-15 August, 2008

I år er det 28 år siden klasser fra Steinerskolen i Bergen begynte å reise til Skillebyholm Gård i Sverige for å gjøre seg kjent med jordbruk på naturens premisser. Det siste året har jeg blant annet arbeidet med en undersøkelse av tidligere elevers erfaringer med jordbruksperioden.
Dette har inspirert meg til å invitere tilbake til gården en uke kommende sommer for å møtes omkring temaer som berører oss mer enn noen gang. Hva slags samfunn vil vi ha og hvordan skal vi få det til? Vi ser mange utfordringer i dag når det gjelder miljø, landbruk, klima, energi osv.
Jeg har snakket med flere, og vi kunne tenke oss å sette fokus på hva vi kan gjøre for å bidra til en positiv utvikling. Vi ser for oss at vi jobber praktisk, lager og inntar kortreiste og økologiske måltider, inviterer folk som har noe å bidra med (for eksempel Attac, Changemakers, Natur og ungdom, politikere, eksperter i økohus, energispørsmål, osv.) og åpner for innlegg og samtaler.

Programmet er ikke ferdig, og vi tar gjerne imot forslag og innspill. Skillebyholm hilser initiativet velkommen og stiller gården til disposisjon. Magne Skrede ser allerede store kormuligheter. Det kan bli en mulighet til å treffes og drøfte ting som alle går og tenker på.
Bli med og kom med forslag. Ta med venner og familie. Bidra med det dere har lyst til.
Meld dere på til Thea Kopperud: theajohanne(at) eller brev til Thea J. Kopperud, Rådyrvn. 11, 1450 Nesoddtangen, Norge. Har du spørsmål kontakt Linda på: linda.jolly(at)
Sted: Skillebyholm Gård i Järna, Sverige
Tid: Uke 32/33, 8 august til 15 august 2008
Pris: 150 kr pr. døgn


International Summer School in environmental aesthetics and philosophy
Lahti, Finland, June 15-18, 2008

The International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) is organizing its 8th International Summer School in environmental aesthetics and philosophy, which will take place in Messilä Manor House, near by Lahti, Finland, and focus on the increasingly popular topic of Everyday Aesthetics. We invite papers exploring issues of the everyday environment from aesthetic, philosophical, architectural, social, ecological and educational viewpoints.

Keynote speakers are:
Tom Leddy: Everyday Aesthetics and the Sublime
Yuriko Saito: The Power of the Aesthetic
Arnold Berleant: The Negative Aesthetics of Everyday Life
Katya Mandoki: The Second Tear in Everyday Aesthetics
Kimmo Lapintie: That Obscure Object of Desire - everyday life and aesthetics of the house
Eeva Jokinen: Is There a Place Called Interface? affects, agency and everyday technologies

Discussion will include diverse topics which, in one or another way, connect to the difficult theoretical issues and practical problems that ensue from critical reflection on our everyday experience, i.e., our experience of the environments in which we’re immersed everyday, whether that be home, park, workplace, busy roadway, or city sidewalk. Issues of the everyday have often been neglected in aesthetic and philosophical discussion, which has centered on the arts and scenic nature. As a focal point for scholarly investigation, however, the everyday environment offers rich possibilities. But it also presents a problematically large and heterogeneous field that suggests work be done on such questions as: What are the relevant issues and topics for everyday aesthetics? How to approach these issues? What is the relationship of aesthetic issues to moral, social and political problems in the context of the everyday? How are questions in the field of everyday aesthetics connected with the vital and overriding question ‘How can we improve the quality of everyday life?’
The emphasis will be on aesthetic and ethical approaches, but because broad philosophical issues are helpfully studied together with other, extra-philosophical considerations, we also encourage approaches which are more overtly social, political, ecological, geographical, etc.


Creating Nature: Art in the Landscape
Schumacher College, Dartington, United Kingdom, May 26–June 6, 2008

Teachers: Susan Derges, Lynne Hull, James Marriott
Participants will discuss the relationship between art and the natural world. The course will involve exploration, discovery and creative practice in landscape.
Nature in all its beauty and complexity has been an integral part of art from the first images and artefacts ever created by humans. Recent years have seen a resurgence of its importance for artists, not just as inspiration but as the actual medium within which they work.
Susan Derges will introduce participants to the unique way she works within the landscape to create works of art, and help them make their own art inspired by the woods and gardens around the College and the wilds of Dartmoor.
James Marriott will work with participants to explore together distinct dimensions that we inhabit: the life-world of the Robins and the life-world of the petro-chemical industry. The group shall endeavour to hear and understand more fully what it means to inhabit both these realms, to recognise how one impacts upon the other and to see how we can change this relationship.
In the second week, Lynne Hull will work with the group to create, within the College grounds, a piece of “trans-species” art which restores habitat damaged by human impact while encouraging humans to understand wildlife needs and to shift attitudes toward other species.
The course is suitable for artists of all kinds who wish to find new ways of working with nature and for educators seeking to find creative ways of helping people to value and understand art in nature.


Art Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment Seminar
New York, United States, 8 May 2008
The Art Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment seminar will focus on a top priority for the United Nations: climate change and the environment. The seminar will contribute to keeping the spotlight on the issue from a different perspective and will be an important contribution and forum to reach out to the general public. The seminar will be held on 8 May 2008 at United Nations Headquarters, New York.


Conference GRASSROOTS Green Art / Art and Ecology
Helsinki, Finland, 16-17 April, 2008
GRASSROOTS is a 2-day conference, a public forum for discovering and debating the wide field art and ecology today with renowed and specialist speakers leading the way. Location: Kiasma Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland. You don’t need to be a specialist, just come with an open and enquiry mind. GRASSROOTS is a meeting place for people who will still seek motivation, inspiration, critical discussion and creative interaction (workshops). Audience are exploring on the edge cooperation, regional development through arts and ecology.


Read report (in Finnish, see pp. 14-15) pdf(~8,62 Mb)

Course: The Philosopher's Hut
Helsinki, Finland, 14-18 April, 2008
During the history of humanity, there has always been people, who want to retreat from society to think, create and seek for inner harmony. We all know the Japanese teahouses, but perhaps not everyone knows, that the idea was imported to Europe during the 18th century and many wealthy people begun to have a Hermit’s Hut on their grounds. But because they didn’t have time to sit in them themselves, they hired a person to live in them, called an Ornamental Hermit! Many writers and philosophers have temporarily retreated to small houses like Henry David Thoreau in America in the 19th century to the contemporary Philip Pullman, who wrote His Dark Materials in a small garden shed.
The aim of the course, of the Environmental Art Degree Programme at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, is to plan your own version of a Philosopher’s Hut for a chosen place in Helsinki, and make a small-scale model of it. Computer programs will be used to visualize how the hut would be placed, and look like, in the city. In the theoretical part of the course we will discuss what is a sacred place, which are the sites/buildings made for retreat and meditation in the cities? What do they look like? Teacher: Jan Erik Andersson.


ART & SEA-Expedition, Sailing trip on Schooner Helena from Oslo to Uusikaupunki
Norway, Finland, 17-29 April, 2008
Learning to sail a schooner; making art out on the sea; looking for inspiration in conditions far from everyday-life. For people who feel worried about the sea nature and would like to work with the subject in your works or future art courses.

Participants are teachers and students of art, together with artists who are interested in working together and alone. Together they take part in a common exhibition after the journey (time and place for the exhibition will be decided later). The expedition takes place parallel to the sail training, which means life on board consists of working in the sea watches, making food, maintenance, own artistic working and visits to the harbors.

Login here for pass word protected website for expedition members

Information: mari.jarvinen(at), phone: 00 358 (0)9 685 2616.



IMPACT – Art in the Age of Climate Change, Denmark
The Nordic Cultural Fund has named "IMPACT – Art in the Age of Climate Change" its Nordic Exhibition of the Year 2008-2010. The exhibition will open during the UN Global Climate Summit 2009 in Copenhagen, one of the most significant political events ever held in Denmark. The summit, from 30 November until 11 December 2009, will attract attention from all over the world.
IMPACT will be an original and innovative international event, bringing together some of the world's most innovative media artists, influential scientists, environment experts and art and culture critics to present their interpretations of the colossal challenge posed by climate change.
IMPACT will include existing works as well as special commissions. A wide-ranging programme of activities such as workshops and debates will be held to coincide with the exhibition. Partnerships have already been agreed with AROS Aarhus Museum of Art and Kunsthallen Nikolaj in Copenhagen,
and the exhibition will tour the rest of the Nordic Region. (Received 15 January 2008.)


LjusHus seminar
Sweden, 8-9 March 2008

LjusHus is a planned meeting place and experience centre at the heart of Scandinavia, offering exchange, exploration, experience, and education for sustainable human development. A first expert Seminar is being held by invitation on 8-9 March 2008, to build consensus and clarity around the themes of sustainable human development.
The Seminar intends a) to explore the integration of personal development into broader environmental change, b) to help shift the focus of environmental change discourse onto positive opportunities, c) to showcase empowering methods of engagement. The expert participation will allow a rapid evolution of debate and focus on fresh, useable outcomes. The Seminar will open the way to additional activities in the LjusHus context.


Conference KlimatExistens ('Climate and Existence')
Uppsala, Sweden, 6-8 March, 2008

Varmt välkommen till Sigtunastiftelsen 6-8 mars för att under tre dagar delta i en av årets viktigaste konferenser - KlimatExistens 2008! Fokus kommer att ligga på de existentiella, psykologiska och moraliska aspekterna av klimatproblematiken, och hur vi kan ta oss ur den situation vi nu befinner oss i.
Sista anmälningsdag är fredag 15 februari. Sprid gärna inbjudan och program vidare i era nätverk.
För frågor, kontakta oss på:


Edda "Light and Fire" workshop
Norway, 8–14 March, 2008

The Fire and Light workshop in Notodden, Norway, is a journey to exciting method of art. Fire is a basic element of human culture and has a deep value among the people in north. It brings light and warmth during the dark and cold winter. Fire and light have also had important roles in Nordic myths. In this workshop students will learn about making art using light and fire as tools of expression. Working methods emphasize cooperation and communication between different nationalities from Nordic countries. The climax of the workshop is a celebration as the creations of the course are brought in public. That brings the attendants and the local community together. The workshop is organised by Telemark University College, Department of education in the Arts Faculty of Arts, Folk Culture and Teacher Education, in conjunction with the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Art Education. Participation only open for students in art education in the Nordic countries.

See images of the event
Read report on the workshop

Nature Version 2.0: Ecological Modernities and Digital Environmentalism
Hamilton, NY, USA, 21 Jan.–16 Feb., 2008

Colgate University’s Clifford Art Gallery, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Environmental Studies Program will host an environmental art exhibition titled Nature Version 2.0: Ecological Modernities and Digital Environmentalism.
Nature Version 2.0 is a survey of artists who reinvent environmentalism for a digital age in a number of ways: by examining how digital technologies can make ecological problems more salient, by reusing and recycling obsolete technologies for new uses, and by exploring how digital spaces and the public domain may require environmental protection much like nature. Re-imagining the relationship between nature and technology, Nature Version 2.0 suggests an ethics of the network and an environmentalism of natural, built, and digital spaces.



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