Scientists collect data and from it create information about the world, which is of great value to society, but not necessarily reflected in policymaking and political action. The failure of society to act on anthropogenic-driven climate change is the prime example.
This gap between information and action can be bridged by the humanities, in particular the arts. Artworks create links between field observations, such as climate records, through the visualizations of the effects of climate change up to artistic direct interventions in earth systems.
Artists are now coming together to work on climate change, to deploy research methods that inform art, while at the same time creating empathy for the planet place by place, species by species. These practices build the bridge from information to action – a cultural intervention without which we risk our own survival.
In this Sydney Ideas forum William L. Fox, Director of the Centre for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, whose extensive practice as a curator, writer and commentator crosses the arts and sciences, will address the claim that in this moment of planetary environmental crisis, artists have never been more important.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 27 March 2018.
Monday 7 May
There are many dimensions to spatial inequality in Australia. This seminar will probe the uneven distribution of the country’s economic and environmental resources, with a particular focus on cities.
Wednesday 11 April
Join Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane and University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC at the launch of new research on cultural diversity and Australian leadership.
Thursday 12 April
This event explores the dynamic area of digital rights and governance in Asia – the issues, challenges and opportunities for nations and the region.