University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, June 7 - 08, 2014
Facing Extinction -The Conference
Sat 7th + Sun 8th June 2014, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
“The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against
the on-going erasure of species - even where there is little chance of
ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the
forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but follow the path of
ethics into aesthetics” -Gustav Metzger
Artist Gustav Metzger, known for his radical approach to political and
ecological issues, has collaborated with the Fine Art department at UCA
Farnham to host ‘Facing Extinction - The Conference’ on 7th and 8th
June. Following on from his thought provoking exhibition Facing
Extinction at the James Hockey Gallery in March, the conference will
include a series of engaging presentations and performances by artists,
scientists, ecologists and specialist academics. Tackling ideas of
immediate and long-term action against mass extinction, the conference
will pose the question: how can we radically limit the ongoing
decimation of nature?
With a broad range of distinguished speakers and activists from the
fields of science and art, the conference presents a unique chance to
listen to and lend your voice in this vital discussion. What is the
scale and scope of the problems we currently face? How can we
articulate and shape a programme of action? The conference is split
into themes over two days: Saturday will be ‘Technology and Resources’
and ‘Global Systems: Food and Water’ and Sunday will look at ‘Climate
Change’ and ‘Biodiversity’.
The contributors’ include, Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono, Polly Higgins,
Prof. Peter Head, Michael Pawlyn, Assemble, Ackroyd & Harvey, Cape
Farewell, Dr. Joe Ravetz, Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, London Fieldworks
(Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist), Dr. John Fanshawe, Dr. Daro Montag,
Charlotte Couch, Prof. Martin Charter and Maria Jose Arceo.
An exciting program of performances are scheduled for Saturday evening
from 6-8pm, including Kennardphillipps (Peter Kennard & Cat
Phillipps), Simon Watt, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Ellie Harrison
and Carl Gent.
The conference is convened by Rose Lejeune & Andrea Gregson, in
collaboration with Gustav Metzger. It has been supported by UCA’s
Research and Enterprise Department.
Tickets for one or both days are on sale now via the website below or
directly through UCA online store at: http://store.ucreative.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=25&catid=81&prodvarid=54