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A one-day symposium and dialogue process

Location:
Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Buckley Building BG01
Date(s):
18 March 2011 11:00-17:00

Fifth in a series of events, hosted by the Social Sculpture Research Unit; the Arts, Culture, Sustainability Oxford Brookes University university-wide research forum and ARP - the Arts Practice Research cluster at Oxford Brookes.

A one-day symposium and dialogue process with contributions from 3 leading figures in the field of arts and sustainability - Arran Stibbe, Hildegard Kurt and Peter Gingold

Dr Arran Stibbe
Ecological citizenship and the Arts

In this talk Arran will discuss ecological citizenship and its relationship with sustainable development, the transition movement and the Dark Mountain project. He will explore the role of the Arts in helping to break out of a set of social and cultural constructions that have placed humanity on a path to self-destruction and in helping to open up new, previously unimagined paths. He will raise questions of whether it is too late, or impossible, for the trajectory of society to change fast enough to avert ecological collapse of some kind, and the consequences for how we see our work.

Arran Stibbe has a background in both human ecology and linguistics and combines the two in his explorations of the cultural foundations of an unsustainable society, and paths towards reinventing and renewing society under the changing conditions of the world.  Arran is editor of the influential Handbook of Sustainability Literacy as well as founder of practical projects such as the Edible Garden at the University of Gloucestershire where he is a senior lecturer in humanities. His latest book is Animals erased: discourse, ecology and reconnection with the natural world, which will be published shortly by Wesleyan University Press. (You may want to read this recent text before the seminar) http://www.adm.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/publications/networks-magazine


Dr Hildegard Kurt 
What has sustainability got to do with an expanded understanding of art?

In order to become sustainable, we need a viable understanding of the human being: an understanding which is strong, emphatic, but beyond anthropocentrism. The idea that every human being is an artist, based on the expanded concept of art or ‘social sculpture’, offers such a new, viable understanding of the human being. But what does the expanded concept of art mean? Why is it necessary in order to practice truly humane – and thus also ecological – forms of living and working, of economy, of science, of education and of politics? The idea of social sculpture corresponds with the “culture of the inner human being” that the economist and early promoter of sustainability, Ernst F. Schumacher, called for. If this culture is neglected, selfishness, according to Schumacher, remains the dominant power, especially in the economic system.

Hildegard Kurt is a cultural researcher, author and social sculpture practitioner living in Berlin, Germany. Her work focuses on art and sustainability, culture and sustainability, aesthetic education and intercultural dialogue. Hildegard has initiated several cultural and arts projects. She teaches, lectures and runs workshops internationally. She is currently International Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, linked to the Social Sculpture Research Unit where she is also supervising Masters and Doctoral students and co-authoring a book on aesthetic strategies for transformation with Shelley Sacks. http://www.hildegard-kurt.de/

Peter Gingold
Tipping Point: facilitating collaboration between artists and climate experts

For six years, TippingPoint has been creating dialogue between artists and climate experts of all types, with the aim of creating new projects, collaborations and cross-fertilisations, first in the UK, and more recently internationally. Its activities have given and continue to offer artists and scientists the opportunity to explore the cultural challenges precipitated by climate change and the role of artists in this complex debate. Peter will be talking about what has come out of this programme, and where it is headed next.

Peter Gingold is a cultural facilitator who founded TippingPoint and is its Co-Director. Peter has had a very varied career, including spending a number of years working in low cost housing in developing countries, founding an electronics business in the silicon fen, and working as a management consultant. He became Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001, and led the artistic side of Liverpool’s successful bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008. He is a Trustee of the meditation centre Gaia House, and the homeless charity Emmaus Greenwich.

 

Please contact Lucy Turner for more information.

 

AGENTS OF CHANGE
Ecological Citizenship and The Art of Changing One's Mind(set)
Interdisciplinary Symposia - Seminars - Dialogue Processes

Other events in this series:

Friday 4 February
Re-thinking Sustainability: New directions for Rio+20?
Dr Maritta Koch-Weser
 

Friday 18 February 
Taking Goethe seriously - stretching our thinking
Allan Kaplan

 

Monday 21 February 
Aesthetic Education and Poetic Imagination: key tools for social and ecological change
Dr Wolfgang Zumdick

 

Friday 4 March  
Knowledge as process of transformation... and how aesthetic practice can contribute to it
Professor Dr Alex Arteaga

 

10 - 23 July 2011
AGENTS of CHANGE - ECOLOGICAL CITIZENSHIP Summer School
For more information about the summer school please see http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/arts/details/agents_of_change

Contact Name:
Lucy Turner
Contact Email:
lturner@brookes.ac.uk

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