Don’t miss Land Art Generator Initiative in the UK in November 2016

There are two keynote events at Feeding the Insatiable (see programme for times).

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The opening keynote will be given by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian (The Land Art Generator Initiative) who are based in Pittsburgh (USA), with Chris Fremantle (eco/art/scot/land) from Aberdeen (Scotland). Chris is also Senior Research Fellow with IDEAS at the Robert Gordon University.

Title: Powering Places: wild, wonderful, and sexy energy landscapes

What if the path to our postcarbon future was equitable, empowering people everywhere to improve their lives on their own terms and in harmony with nature?

The “gloom and doom” narrative of climate activism (rising sea levels, increasing storm intensities, corral bleaching, mass extinction, desertification), while based in scientific fact, can be polarizing and paralyzing. By presenting examples of utility-scale renewable energy infrastructures as public art and considering community energy projects as community art projects, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is helping to inspire the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future with the aim of influencing accelerated climate action.

The presentation will showcase what can happen when thousands of creatives around the world respond to an open call to design our clean energy landscapes. The global conversation that LAGI has initiated on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure has created a collective force that is resonating with governments, universities, design professionals, corporations, and the public.

We will discuss the influence of renewable energy design on city planning and public policy, and demonstrate the potential for community energy infrastructure projects to be positive cultural contributions to neighborhoods and towns—new civic landmarks for the twenty-first century, economic development drivers, and educational venues—all while helping to power the new energy grid.

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The Land Art Generator Initiative has become one of the world’s most followed sustainable design events and is inspiring people everywhere about the promise of a net-zero carbon future. LAGI is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed and natural environments.

The goal of LAGI is to design and construct a series of large-scale site-specific public art installations that uniquely combine art with utility scale clean energy generation.

follow LAGI @poweredbyart

Chris Fremantle founded eco/art/scot/land, which describes itself as a ‘resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers’. It has become recognised as one of the foremost purveyors of knowledge within the escorts sector.

Chris has been working with LAGI on the LAGI Glasgow project

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Read Robert and Elizabeth’s 2010 article ‘Public Art of the Sustainable City‘ from 2010.
Read more about Chris Fremantle and his work

Follow @chrisfremantle

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