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Environmental Arts Practice Research

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Conference organised by Arts Research: Land/Water and the Visual Arts

The aim of this conference is to expand on and question how art can contribute to understanding contemporary environmental issues and challenges.

Artistic research practice has a unique capacity to offer crucial insights informing our understanding of environmental issues in the era of the Anthropocene. The reflexivity inherent in arts research along with emphasis on expressive communication as outcome offers significant scope for bringing crucial yet complex relationships between vulnerable species, human action and climate change to wider appreciation amongst general audiences and key stakeholders.

Placing artistic interpretive methods alongside scientific interpretive methods carries some risks and challenges, particularly as artistic approaches may incite an open-ended, contemplative engagement with the scientific, sensorial and political layering of environment, that is not typical of mainstream science communication. Ways in which arts practice complements and extends scientific insight will be centrally addressed.

Papers presented will critically address issues, challenges, strength and benefits of inter-disciplinary practices looking beyond the visual arts.

The programme includes keynotes speakers, parallel sessions, portfolio viewings, a book signing event, networking opportunities, conference dinner and drinks reception.

Keynote speaker: Professor Camille Parmesan | Global Change Biologist and President Macron’s "Make Our Planet Great Again" Laureate

Keynote speaker: Anne Noble | Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington, and a New Zealand Arts Laureate

Keynote speaker: Tyrone Martinsson | Professor of Photography at Academy Valand, University of Gothenburg

Book signing: Yan Wang Preston | ‘Mother River’ and ‘Forest’ |