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.
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.
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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
Scotland on Sunday features the Land Art Generator Glasgow exhibition, opening at The Lighthouse, Glasgow on 9 June.
Name checks for Wind Forest – ZM Architecture, Dalziel + Scullion, Ian Nicol of Qmulus and Peter Yeadon, previous LAGI participant who joined the Scottish team; Water Gaw – ERZ Landscape Architecture, Alec Finlay and their overseas team member Riccardo Mariano; Dundas Dandelion – Stallan-Brand Architects, Pigdin Perfect, the Glasgow Science Festival and their overseas partner Matt Rosenberg.
All three proposals imagine renewables at the heart of making Dundas Hill into a new place to live and work. Wind Forest conceptualised this as 10 habits to create a habitat.
REMINDER: Workshop with Creative Carbon Scotland on 8 June. Booking here
Previous story in The Scotsman here.
Excerpts from a recent Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) blog,
We believe that there is no better tool for creating a tipping point to strong climate action and 100% renewable energy infrastructure than to present a positive vision to the public of what that could look like and the residual benefits that such policies would bring to cities. The opportunity to bring new energy technologies into city planning and creative placemaking projects is at the heart of LAGI. As a part of the design and implementation of constructed works, LAGI educational programming provides the perfect platform for extensive community engagement and participatory design processes, leading to infrastructures that benefit the greatest number of people. LAGI Glasgow is proving to be the perfect example of this ideal delivery model.
In early 2013, we received an email from Chris Fremantle, producer, researcher, and founder of ecoartscotland. Following on conversations he had…
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