What if Climate Change was Purple?
A multi-year project running from August 2019 to mid-2021, in a series of stages.
Launching in August 2019, artists & scientists are encouraged to apply for the project through an open call for applications. Both individuals and artist collectives/scientific teams may apply. One place is held for emergent artists and early career scientists, subject to meeting the application criteria. An expert panel of scientists and artists will adjudicate the selection.
Up to six artists and six scientists across a wide range of specialisations will be selected to come together for a one and a half day workshop with the view to collaborating to create an original climate-related art work that is exciting and accessible to the public. The resulting artworks will bring communities together to celebrate nature, speak up for the climate crisis and inspire urgent climate action.
The What if Climate Change was Purple? Workshop will be held on Thursday 28th November and Friday 29th November 2019, hosted at Victoria University of Wellington. Participants will bring a wide range of art & science specialisations and knowledge. From marine biology to digital installations and mural art to sea level rise and forests to opera and dance.
The workshop is an opportunity to learn more and seed ideas about:
- Traditional knowledge and the physical and social sciences relating to climate change and communication;
- inter-disciplinary collaborations;
- artistic insights, and;
- innovations New Zealand will need to adapt and meet its emission reductions.
The workshop will include talks, round table discussions, speed dating and at the end the artists & scientists will decide if they wish to team up to create collaborations in response to the climate crisis for the public to engage with. Our hope is that by bringing a selection of artists & scientists together all, or some, of them will come out of the workshop with project ideas they continue to develop and execute.
A period of research and development will take place between the artist(s) and the scientist(s). An in-house, initial development showing of these potential new works drawn from the workshops and the resulting collaborations will take place in Wellington in mid-2020.
Some works from this initial showing will carry on to be further developed for a work-in-development public showing in Wellington in early 2021.