11 June 2010
Over the past 18 months I have been having some interesting conversations about climate change, culture and the future of the traditional model of international art exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale or Germany’s Documenta.
I see the conversation as a philosophical investigation and also a political process, a step in Cultural campaigning. We need to use culture and political economy in tandem, to generate the clean energy transition.
Planet.Art is the name I have given to the model or approach that we are discussing. The punctuation and capitalisation is supposed to convey two ideas:
- The Planet is our context or base and we are destroying it. Artists and curators, like all people, should at least acknowledge this reality, even if their practice is not deliberately environmental
- Art is ongoing or open and does not have to be determined by the environment and how we think about it
I have been lucky enough to talk about Planet.Art with some people I admire, who know much more than I do about art and culture. Here are some of them:
- Ross Gibson: artist, academic
- Felicity Fenner: curator, academic
- Jan Bryant: academic, critic
- Marcus Westbury: writer, event maker, cultural advisor
- Kevin Murray: writer, curator
- Sam Bower: Green Museum director
- Lianne Rossler: designer, climate activist
If you want to know more about the idea you can download an essay here. It was commissioned by Eyeline, an art magazine based at the Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology. It is a review of environmental works at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, in the context of the Planet.Art conversation.