Lecture Sue Spaid at XIV International Forum

Sculpting Nature: LandArt, EcoArt, BioArt
Antwerp and Brussel, Belgium
29 September – 1 October 2016

Curator: Anne Berk, Art critic (The Netherlands)

In 2002 Sue Spaid and Amy Lipton curated Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, US. They coined ecovention to categorize artworks that offer inventive solutions to ecological problems and aimed to demonstrate that artists had not only imagined new possibilities, but had implemented their ideas and were awaiting results.

The exhibition prompted several issues: some felt that the artworks seemed too scientific, while others hated the idea of art having practical applications. Most important, this was perhaps the first US exhibition to acknowledge stakeholders’ role in conserving artworks.
In 2016 she will co-curate Ecovention Europe: Current Art to Re-imagine Ecologies with Roel Arkesteijn in Sittard (The Netherlands).

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When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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Plant-to-human communication

MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2016/nanobionic-s…)

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Infrared/fluorescent images: Min Hao Wong
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Volksentscheid in Glarus

Volksentscheid in Glarus (Teaser) from 431art on Vimeo.

Volksentscheid in Glarus

Frankfurter Künstlerduo ruft in der Schweiz zur Volksabstimmung auf

Die Gemeinde Glarus in der Schweiz entscheidet am Samstag den 3.9.2016 per Volksabstimmung über die Aufnahme heimatloser Pflanzen.

Die Bundesverfassung der Schweiz verlangt bereits, “im Umgang mit Tieren, Pflanzen und anderen Organismen der Würde der Kreatur Rechnung zu tragen”. Die EKAH (Eidgenössische Ethikkommission im Ausserhumanbereich) hat diesen Begriff konkretisiert und 2008 in einer Broschüre zusammen gefasst. Die Schlussfolgerung der Kommission ist, das Pflanzen nicht willkürlich zerstört werden dürfen.
Die Volksabstimmung im September 2016 soll nun darüber entscheiden, ob die Mehrheit der Bürger in Glarus sich für eine bedingungslose Aufnahme heimatloser oder notleidender Pflanzen einsetzt und ob Pflanzen per Verfassung als gleichwertige Lebewesen definiert werden sollen. (mehr …)

The secret life of plants

“The secret life of plants” is perhaps the best way to start learning about life.

It’s a beautiful documentary but it is quite long which is sad for the valuable point it makes.
I cant think of anything that could be more important.

Quelle: YouTube

Das grüne Haus von Delhi

Quelle: “Dilli, Dilli” ARD

Die Luftverschmutzung in der indischen Millionenstadt Neu-Delhi ist so stark wie fast nirgendwo sonst auf der Welt. Trotzdem gibt es mitten im Stadtzentrum eine Oase frischer Luft – und zwar nicht in einem Park, sondern in einem Bürohaus. Jürgen Osterhage stellt das “grüne Haus von Delhi” vor.

Von Jürgen Osterhage, ARD Neu-Delhi

Weiter Informationen zu den Pflanzen der “NASA Clean Air Study” auf Zone 10:

NASA Clean Air Study

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air – TED 2009

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