Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. For the eleven arts organisations making up the IMAGINE 2020 – Art and Climate Change network, 2020 is a realistic date to work towards for making changes necessary to stabilise the climate and secure a sustainable future.
“Artists of every kind have one overriding moral duty, which is to do their work as well as possible. But since that work partly consists of responding to what the world itself is up to, it would be strange if the best work being produced didn’t take some account, in some way, of what’s happening to our climate. Art is not only about beauty: sometimes it has to warn.” – Philip Pullman, novelist
What role can the cultural sector play in the necessary transition process, to drastically reduce carbon emissions, to mitigate climate change and increase resilience to the effects of peak oil? Artists traditionally confront issues of such societal importance head on and often act as a catalyst for societal change. Art, as Philip Pullman puts it, is about beauty, but sometimes it has to warn. Can it do both? And more?
These are questions for the IMAGINE 2020 network members. They share a sense of responsibility to rise to the challenge and want to use their passion, their expertise, and their connections within the art world and beyond to engage the European cultural sector and use its creative potential to raise awareness, involving the general public both as audience and as participants.
Art should provide a physical and imaginary space where people can take a step back, away from the corporate, the commercial and the educational, to exchange and engage with each other. It can address and involve more targeted audiences, such as young people, in playful yet serious ways. And above all it can create a positive energy and momentum for change through a sense of common purpose and hope.
The IMAGINE 2020 network will also research new ways of producing and presenting exciting artworks with minimal environmental impact, and share its learning in order to get the European cultural sector as a whole to include climate change concerns in their everyday working practice.
The network spreads across nine European countries and brings together eleven diverse, highly motivated and experienced cultural institutions:
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium as the project leader;
Artsadmin, London, UK;
Bunker, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
Domaine d’O, Montpellier, France;
Domino, Zagreb, Croatia;
Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany;
Le Quai, Angers, France;
LIFT, London, UK;
New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga, Latvia;
Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Transforma, Torres Vedras, Portugal.
Six of these partners worked together as part of the 2020 network: THIN ICE from 2008-2010 to pilot a series of actions and share the results.
IMAGINE 2020 is hoping to recruit new partners in Europe and across the Mediterranean countries to broaden the geographical scope of the actions.
To see Imagine 2020 in the context of other EU Culture Programme funded projects click here .
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28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
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1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
tel/fax: +386 1 231 4492
mob: + 386 31 326 099
Institute of Contemporary Art
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17 rue de la Tannerie – BP 30114
49101 ANGERS cedex 02
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EPIC du domaine d’O
178 rue de la Carriérasse
34 090 Montpellier
+33 (0)4 67 67 31 00
fax +33(0)4 67 67 31 46
New Theatre Institute of Latvia
11 novembra krastmala 35-201
PRAÇA DO MUNICÍPIO
2560-289 Torres Vedras
+351 261 336 320
+351 261 336 322 fax
+385 1 3820019
+31 10 413 24 04 fax
Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik GmbH
Tel. 0049 40 270 949 89
Fax. 0049 40 270 949 11
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