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Changing Matters the Resilience Art Exhibition

Changing Matters – The Resilience Art Exhibition

Art and nature at your service at the Swedish Museum of Natural History
The exhibition Changing Matters – The Resilience Art Exhibition is shown at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm until the 7th of September.

Changing Matters – the Resilience Art Exhibition is an art exhibition about the interplay between man and nature, about life in change. It is shown in addition to the international conference Resilience, Adaption and Transformation in Turbulent Times which for four days gathers some of the most prominent scientists, business leaders and politicians in the world in Aula Magna at Stockholm University, the 14th to 17th  April 2008. This summit will discuss ecology, economy and society using a resilience perspective, where man and nature will be studied as an integrated whole.

A jury with respected representatives from the art scene and scientists has chosen 12 artists artists/artists groups among the in total 220 proposals that were sent in on the resilience theme.

Among the chosen artists are Gunilla Bandolin and Sverker Sörlin (Sweden), who together have created a sculpture in the shape of a full size car using animal intestine as material; influenced by working methods of the Inuits and their way of using the resources of the nature; Tuula Närhinen (Finland) who will create an installation using floating pieces of plastic she has found near the sea; the Centre of Attention (France/United Kingdom) who put the attention on all ideas about the conventional art object and Christine Ödlund (Sweden) who, in collaboration with KTH, “translates” the chemical substances different plants sends out, when being attacked or stressed, to sound.

Changing Matters – the Resilience Art Exhibition is an initiative from Carl Folke, head of science at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and Olle Granath, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal University College of Fine Arts through Mejan Labs and the Royal Academy of Science through the Beijer Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Resilience
Resilience is an interdisciplinary perspective on environment and development that distinguishes from other environmental research since man and nature is studied as an integrated whole. The concept has its origin in the research made in ecology science made in USA and Canada in the 1980’s and defines a system’s ability to withstand both sudden gradual change and still advance further. Concurrently with the progresses of the environmental research the resilience concept today includes economical as well as social and cultural dimensions, systems that in different ways branch off and is attached to the ecological reality that surrounds us.

Exhibition facts
Changing Matters – The Resilience Art Exhibition
Place: the Swedish Museum of Nature History
Date: 12 April – 7 September 2008

Participating artists
Gunilla Bandolin and Sverker Sörlin (Sweden); Jon Brunberg (Sweden); Center of Attention (France/UK); Olle Cornéer and Martin Lübcke (Sweden); Todd Gilens (USA); Paul Matosic (UK); Teemu Mäki (Finland); Tuula Närhinen (Finland); Michael Rodemer (USA); Etta Säfve (Sweden); Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium); Christine Ödlund (Sweden).

 

Jury

Olle Granath, Carl Folke, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, artist, Peter Hagdahl, professor at the Royal University College of Fine Arts and director of Mejan Labs, Johan Scott, artist, Buzz Hollings, professor emeritus at University of Florida and one of the founders of the resilience concept and Frances Westley, professor of Strategy and Executive Director of the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders, McGill University, Montreal.

www.mejanlabs.se www.resilience2008.org www.resalliance.org

 

Changing Matters – the Resilience Art Exhibition.
Naturhistoriska riksmuseet 12 April -7 September 2008

Changing Matters – the Resilience Art Exhibition is a joint project of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, through Mejan Labs in Stockholm and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences through the Beijer Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in collaboration with the Resilience Alliance.

The exhibition will take place in connection with the international science and policy conference Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times.

Resilience for dealing with change
Throughout history human society has shaped the dynamics of nature and at the same time been shaped by this dynamics. The scale and speed of human actions have now expanded into globally interconnected societies embedded in planet Earth processes at all levels, reflected in climatic and environmental changes affecting people and regions worldwide. Social conditions, health, culture, democracy, matters of security, and even survival are interwoven with ecological systems in a grand panorama of regional and worldwide dependency. To what extent are human societies adapting our capacity for learning and foresight to deal with the new global and challenging situation? What is the role of the cultural sphere in this
context?

Resilience – the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop – has evolved as a key concept to address such issues. How can we develop capacity to cope with, adapt to and possibly even transform into improved situations in the face of these challenges? Resilience is about dynamic development, how periods of slow and gradual change interplay with periods of rapid and sudden change and how to prepare and respond to such changes. In a resilient society sudden change may lead to new opportunities for development. In a vulnerable society sudden change may be devastating. In what way can the cultural sphere help prepare society to deal with such changes, to revive and regenerate following change and stimulate novelty and innovation for sustainability? The invited artists interpret the notion of resilience, explore and imagine ways for how to take on this major challenge facing human societies.

Read more about resilience at www.stockholmresilience.su.se; www.resilience2008.org, www.mejanlabs.se and
www.resalliance.org

For further information please contact project manager Frida Cornell, frida.cornell (at) mejanlabs.se, +46(0)703691529.

Participating artists:
Gunilla Bandolin/Sverker Sörlin (Swe) Jon Brunberg (Swe), Center of Attention (Fra/Eng), Olle Cornèer, Christian Hörgren and Martin Lübke (Swe), Todd Gilens (USA), Paul Matosic (Eng), Teemu Mäki (Fin), Tuula Närhinen (Fin), Michael Rodemer (Ty/USA), Etta Säfve (Swe), Angelo Vermeulen (Be) och Christine Ödlund (Swe).





AngeloVermeulen: Un mal pour un bien filmstill 2007

Teeemu Mki: Anna Kovalenko as her idol (matador), as her self, as her enemy (meat-seller)

Teeemu Mki: Anna Kovalenko as her idol (matador), as her self, as her enemy (meat-seller)

Downloadable documents
The Resiliece Art Exhibition
AngeloVermeulen: Un mal pour un bien filmstill 2007
Teeemu Mäki: Anna Kovalenko as her idol (matador), as her self, as her enemy
Teeemu Mäki: Anna Kovalenko as her idol (matador), as her self, as her enemy
Teeemu Mäki: Anna Kovalenko as her idol (matador), as her self, as her enemy
Tuula Närhinen: Frutti di Mare, installation with floating sculptures and colour photographs of plastic waste washed up on the seashore (detail), 2008
Teemu Mäki, Be Your Own Enemy Teemu Mäki as his idol (Natacha Atlas), himself, as his enemy (George Bush
Teemu Mäki, Be Your Own Enemy Teemu Mäki as his idol (Natacha Atlas), himself, as his enemy (George Bush
Teemu Mäki, Be Your Own Enemy Teemu Mäki as his idol (Natacha Atlas), himself, as his enemy (George Bush
AngeloVermeulen: Un mal pour un bien
Bacterial Orchestra presstext
Paul Matisic Falling Boxes presstext

 

Published 20090511
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