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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