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A change in the climate: New interpretations and perceptions of climate change through artistic interventions and representations
L. Duxbury. Weather, Climate, and Society (2010) 2(4):294-299. This paper sets out to explicate alternative ways of comprehending and addressing some of the complex problems of climate change. Drawing on the work of certain artists and art commentators, this paper argues that, far from being a purely imaginative or aesthetic activity, art is integral to meaningful communication between humans and the changing world.
Cape Farewell's Art & Climate Change, created in partnership with the Natural History Museum in 2006, presented contemporary art designed to deepen our understanding of climate change.
British artist and filmmaker David Buckland organized three sailing expeditions to the high Arctic as part of a series of collaborations between artists, educators, and scientists, designed to create public awareness of global climate change. This is a 2004 BBC documentary about the Cape Farewell project, directed by David Hinton and produced by David Buckland.
D. Carrington, guardian.co.uk, July 14, 2011. A group of some of Britain's best-known authors and artists has condemned the British Council's "extraordinary" decision to all but end its groundbreaking international work on climate change and demanded the decision be reconsidered.
University of Alaska Anchorage podcast. The UAA/APU Books of the Year presented author Seth Kantner. His two books, Shopping for Porcupine and Ordinary Wolves, mark him as one of the most interesting and dynamic Alaskan writers. He discussed the Books of the Year theme "Responding to Climate Change in Alaska," illustrated by his own photos and commentary. This podcast was recorded on November 12, 2009. (MP3 33MB) [1:11:42 min] These interviews requires the use of the QuickTime, which can be downloaded from QuickTime's Web site at no charge.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, July 22, 2011 - January 2, 2012. Exhibition providing a Native perspective on global climate change through photographs, video, and audio of tribal communities from the Arctic to Brazil. Listen to a news story about Arctic Village's contribution to the exhibit that aired on "Alaska News Nightly" September 5, 2011.
guardian.co.uk, September 7, 2011. Leonardo da Vinci's famous Vitruvian Man has been recreated by an artist in the Arctic to highlight melting ice.
Exhibition put on by GSK Contemporary, a collaboration between GlaxoSmithKline and the Royal Academy of Arts. The goal is to encourage debate, discussion, and creative thinking about the role art can play in the relevance that climate change has in our daily lives.
M. Ingram. Nature Climate Change (2011) 1:133-134. Review of a Cape Farewell exhibition. Cape Farewell is a London-based nonprofit organization that invites small groups of artists to journey with scientists to places such as the Arctic and the Amazon, where they can experience first-hand the effects of climate change.
J. George, Nunatsiaq Online, May 2, 2011. Author Lana Hansen moved to Copenhagen from Nuuk in 2010. She writes about the realities of climate change faced by Inuit in Greenland and across the Arctic. Hansen's main job now is organizing an exhibition featuring Greenland's top climate artists which will open in 2012 in Berlin and then travel around the world.
BBC News, March 14, 2010. This is Andrew Marr's interview with author Ian McEwan on how McEwan's scientific background and trip to the North Pole influenced his new novel about the fears of global warming. McEwan states that his book Solar began from thinking of the boot room on his Arctic boat as a metaphor for the clutter surrounding the issue of climate change.
NPR's "Morning Edition," April 2, 2010. About five years ago, writer Ian McEwan joined a group of artists and scientists on a weeklong trip to the Arctic. The trip was sponsored by a British-based project called Cape Farewell, and the idea was to inspire artists to think about climate change. The trip was partly responsible for inspiring McEwan's latest novel, Solar. Lynn Neary interviewed the author. This link includes an excerpt from the novel.
NPR's "Morning Edition," May 21, 2007. Artist and photographer David Buckland had been talking with scientists about global warming, and he was convinced they needed help to communicate what they knew about the way the world's climate was changing. Buckland has now taken three voyages to the Arctic with groups of artists for his Cape Farewell project. "I think what the artists did is to find a way of making the stories personal," he states. Included here are two video clips, one featuring David Buckland, (SMIL, 267 Byte), and the other Ian McEwan, (SMIL, 267 Byte) from a BBC documentary about the project. hese interviews requires the use of the QuickTime, which can be downloaded from QuickTime's Web site at no charge.
Every generation faces challenges that previous generations could scarcely imagine. Twenty years ago, few people were talking about climate change; now it's one of the most hotly contested areas in politics. How do artists, writers, musicians, and broadcasters respond when a new subject appears that is as large and significant as this? What kinds of novels, plays, paintings, sculptures, movies, and music begin to emerge? "Mediating Change" is a four-part series produced in 2011 and chaired by BBC Radio 4's Quentin Cooper that looks at what happens when culture meets climate change.
For United Nations World Environment Day 2007, the Natural World Museum in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) produced an exhibition that addresses the theme of climate change from a global perspective. Melting Ice / A Hot Topic features paintings, sculptures, photography, multimedia, and conceptual installations from more than 40 international artists from 25 countries. The touring exhibition began June 2007 at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.
Science Daily, September 27, 2011. Scientists at the Universities of Oxford and Reading have catalogued and analyzed depictions of weather in classical music from the 17th century to the present day to help understand how climate affects how people think.
Theatre Blog, guardian.co.uk, February 25, 2011. Global warming may fascinate contemporary theatre, but some bloggers are arguing that the best art focuses on human fundamentals, not the headlines. (Archived version of webpage)
S. Peach, Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, March 4, 2011. In explaining how climate change will remake the world, novelists have some real advantages over journalists. They can play a crucial role in effective climate communications and can illustrate the suffering that climate change may unleash for specific human characters, without the constraints of sound evidence or peer review. Here, Sara Peach reviews two novels: 2045: A Story of Our Future by Peter Seidel, and Human Scale by Kitty Beer.
Environment Blog, guardian.co.uk, September 22, 2011. This blogger writes, "For a project that claims to be driven by environmental concerns, where is the logic in digging up six tonnes of rock from a pristine environment and then towing it by barge hundreds of miles away for display? If the aim of the project was to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change then, sadly, it seems to have already failed."
CBC News, March 22, 2010. Two sculptures created by a Dutch artist have been erected on a moving iceberg off the coast of Greenland in an effort to raise awareness about global warming.
O. Heffernan, Nature News, September 16, 2008. Founded by artist David Buckland in 2001 to engage the public in climate change, the Cape Farewell project launches its seventh and most ambitious expedition yet at London's Science Museum.
K. Smith. Nature (2011) 471(7336):32-33. Kerri Smith reviews two plays about climate change: Greenland, a production of the National Theatre in London, written by Moira Buffini, Matt Charman, Penelope Skinner, and Jack Thorne; and The Heretic, a production of the Royal Court Theatre in London, written by Richard Bean.
N. Stuckenberger (ed.), Hood Museum of Art, 2007, 80 pages. This book accompanies an exhibition that opened on January 20, 2007, at the Hood Museum of Art, that explores the Inuit concept and perception of the Arctic climate as part of their culture. The exhibition presents objects from the Hood's permanent collectionâboat miniatures, harpoons, masks, clothing, prints, and canoes, along with photographsâthat are deeply embedded in the social and spiritual fabric of Inuit society while addressing the global debate around climate change.
A. Flood, guardian.co.uk, August 10, 2011. Novelists from Margaret Atwood to David Mitchell are hoping to bring the dangers posed by climate change to life through a new collection of short stories tackling the climate crisis called I'm with the Bears.
G. Van Gelder (ed.), OR Books, 2011, 348 pages. Paolo Bacigalupi reviews a short story collection in which science fiction writers ask if climate change is transforming Earth into the ultimate alien planet.