Art and Energy futures
http://artenergysymposium.info/map/ – there is also a statement on environmental impact
Art, particularly sited work, can create a ‘third space’ for public discourse. By ‘third space’ we mean a space other than the commercial or governmental spaces for people to engage with issues. This is often characterised by being non-hierarchical, open and willing to embrace contradiction, uncertainty, etc. Probably because it’s created by artists who have no ‘locus’ for instigating it, the power relations are different. No-one is trying to sell you anything and there isn’t a policy agenda being fulfilled (and these days the people selling you stuff aren’t hidden behind the people claiming to represent you).
Examples include Tim Collins and Reiko Goto’s recent work imagining the future of the Caledonian Forest through the Blackwood of Rannoch (and previously their work on rivers in Pittsburgh) and Suzanne Lacy’s current project in Pendle with superslowway and immigrants and locals…
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