Workshop 1: Environment x Impact
The first Social Impact Arts Prize 22 workshop focused on the environment, climate change and specifically registers of water as a lens through which artists and their art practices can reflect and comment. We watched some inspiring artists’ films inspired by the natural world, listened to an ecologist speak passionately about the planet, and an artist who emerges herself in the earth as a way to research material, colour and transformation of dirt into art. These individual presentations created a thinkspace wherein the workshop attendees could ask questions, imagine their own projects come to life, and meet fellow artists and creatives.
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NATURE TAKEOVER: Thinking Art Practice through the Natural Environment
Roni Horn explores the mutable nature of art through sculptures, works on paper, photography, and books. Horn’s work also embodies the cyclical relationship between humankind and nature—a mirror-like relationship in which we attempt to remake nature in our own image. Some Thames (2000), a permanent installation at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, consists of eighty photographs of water, dispersed throughout the university’s public spaces, echoing the ebb and flow of students at the university.
Stellenbosch-based Karen Esler simultaneously navigates disciplinary depths in ecology to work across disciplines, allowing her to contribute to inter-disciplinary and applied spaces.
An overall goal of her research is to understand how drivers of change (e.g. over-exploitation, habitat fragmentation and alien invasion) influence population and community structure and processes in Mediterranean-type ecosystems, arid ecosystems and riparian vegetation. The applied aspect of this work has been to develop and translate best-practice advice for management, restoration and conservation.
Karen is the previous head of the Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology at Stellenbosch University (since 2015). She has been a core team member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology since its inception (2004) and currently serves as African Associate Editor for the journal ‘Conservation Biology’.
An artwork that engages in a fresh way with the impact of climate change on our lives.
The artwork’s impact can be through its materiality, its production process, the story it tells about social impact or simply the way the audience participates in the artwork itself.
In this workshop, we are looking at the human relationship with the natural environment, the impact that our domination over nature has on the climate and in turn, a warming planet’s impact on society.
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