C05
Climart: imagining and communicating climate change through artistic practice

Convenors:
Ariell Ahearn Ligham (Oxford University)
Jinjoon Lee (Oxford University)
Stream:
Utopias and Temporalities
Location:
Elizabeth Fry 01.02
Sessions:
Friday 6 September, 9:00-10:30

Short abstract:

The panel will facilitate a dialogue between anthropologists and artists about local responses to climate change. The conversation will focus on the different ways climate change is conceived of, experienced and imagined by artists.

Long abstract:

Climate change has transcended its scientific terminology. It is no longer reducible to glaciers melting, sea levels rising and carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, it is a cultural entity. Yet different cultures conceive of, experience and respond to climate change differently. Climate change is a material reality of the present, a social injustice of the past, and an imagined disaster of the future. To communicate the ontological and social consequences of these different conceptions, artists in every culture respond to their own 'reality' of climate change. This panel explicitly wants to investigate how artists respond on a local level to the global challenge of climate change. By bringing together a multidisciplinary collection of anthropologists and artists, we hope to create a discussion about how art is performed, conceived of and used in its responses to the multiple climate changes. The panel looks to highlight how art is used to communicate and digest the current and immediate effects of climate change and explore how art can cultivate public awareness and responses to climate change. A particular focus will be on facilitating dialogue between artists and anthropologists from multiple institutions, cultures and spatial locations, to create a conversation about how climate change is differentially understood. Moreover, providing insight about the multiple realities of climate change can be a stimulus for both artistic practice and anthropological research.