ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019

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Two important free keynote lectures:

 

Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (USA)

Co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory.


Tuesday 30 April 2019
6.30pm – 8.00pm
Deakin Edge Theatre
Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings essential: tinyurl/MuseumsandActivism

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a traveling pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into vital infrastructures for environmental progress, champions of science for the common good, and advocates for a just and sustainable future.
 
The Natural History Museum (NHM, 2014-) takes the form of a traveling pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history and science museums. NHM collaborates with artists, curators, community groups, scientists, and museum professionals to create new narratives about our shared history and future, with the goal of educating the public, measurably influencing public opinion, and inspiring collective action. The museum is the latest project of Not An Alternative, a collective that since 2004 has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. The group’s work has been featured within Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere. Not An Alternative connects movements to museums and museums to movements, fostering a growing coalition of museum workers, activist scientists, and communities.

 

 

A Museum for The Path Ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum
 

MIRANDA MASSIE (USA)

Director, Climate Museum, New York City


Wednesday 1 May 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings essential: tinyurl.com/NYCClimateMuseum


This keynote will address why we need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis, and why dedicated climate museums are a necessary, though not sufficient, component of that shift. Massie will situate the initiative within its national and local contexts, discussing the public’s response and presenting work from the Museum’s first year of public programming, in particular its two main art exhibitions. This work illustrates the promise at the intersection of institution building and cultural transformation, and it also spotlights questions, challenges, and tensions that lurk within. How to recognise the transformative power of art without instrumentalising it? How to celebrate individual creativity while pulling toward the collective? How to mobilise a culturally conservative form—the museum—for the radical change we need?

Before launching the Climate Museum, Miranda Massie was a civil rights impact litigator, in which capacity her honours included Fletcher Foundation, W.E.B. Dubois Institute and Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowships, as well as a Mentorship-in-Residence at Yale Law School. In 2014, she left this career in the law of social justice and equality to start laying the groundwork for the Museum, in the belief that the climate crisis was at once the greatest intensifier of inequality and an existential threat superseding all other jeopardy to civilization and humanity.

 

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CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to elders past, present and emerging.







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