Sustainability in Conversation
18:00 CEST / 12:00 EDT 28 July 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
€ 20 p.p.
Sustainability… the “S” word. Sometimes when you talk about sustainability, people’s eyes glaze over and they disconnect. Many believe that the “S” word has been overused and it no longer holds much meaning. Others can get defensive or negative when we broach the topic. So how can we get people to care? How do we get our colleagues on board?How do we discuss sustainability projects with our upper management? How do we effectively communicate our message?
The “Sustainability in Conversation” training brings the Ki Toolkit Guide to life and addresses the psychological implications of sustainability and how we can create positive messaging and create meaningful dialogue. We will discuss strategies for engaging in conversations about sustainability and the importance of building awareness and the ripple effect to create cultures of sustainability in our workplaces and practice addressing different scenarios.
Caitlin Southwick (MSc, PD) is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation. She is a trained art conservator and has worked in the conservation field and in museums around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, and Easter Island. She is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
Face à l’interdépendance des crises que nous vivons, qu’elles soient sociales, environnementales, climatiques et de la biodiversité, il devient crucial que les politiques et pratiques muséales aient un impact sur notre futur. L’ambition de ce programme de trois rencontres est de donner des clés de compréhension et d’activation de projets faisables et durables. Nous débuterons avec un état des lieux des différentes portes d’entrée de la transition écologique, puis nous pencherons sur le cas précis des expositions temporaires et comment l’économie circulaire nous permet d’alléger l’une des activités principales des musées, et enfin, comment la nature inspire les artistes tout autant que les professionnels des musées.
Nature et planète : en parler, l’exposer, s’en inspirer
29 juin 2021- 18h-20h – En ligne
Nous parlons de crise environnementale mais savons-nous parler de la nature et de la planète ? La connaissons-nous assez pour pouvoir imiter ses principes et comment régénérer au lieu de consommer ? Comment faire pour que les musées deviennent ces caisses de résonance des défis sociaux et environnementaux, incarnent des principes de la nature dans leurs pratiques, valorisent artistes engagés lanceurs d’alerte, offrent une plateforme de discussion et de débats pour inspirer le changement ?
The cultural sector is giving more and more space to ecological as well as postcolonial discourses, but at the same time is itself caught up in capitalist entanglements. How can its institutions make the radical shift towards a permacircular future?
In recent years there have been numerous artistic and discursive contributions across museums, biennials, and institutions that all addressed the following question: How can art contribute to fostering solidarity, ecological becoming, and multispecies caring? The emergence of this »terrestrial turn« in cultural spheres has been, however, codependent on the globalization of the art industry and its reliance on abundant fossil energy, cheap flights, and material accumulation. Simultaneously, postcolonial debates have also gained visibility in cultural spaces historically established on colonial theft. How can institutions reflect their footprint and conditions of production despite being situated in a capitalist context? In other terms, can the institution be trusted to reinvent itself and, if so, what should a museum be?
In sustainable economics, »permacircularity« advocates resizing organizations in balance with Earth systems, while also retooling knowledge and practices towards planetary reparation. Taking as a point of departure the ecological blind spot of the exhibitionary complex, this assembly convenes institution leaders, curators, activists, artists, and educators to explore museums’ potential to become agents of radical mutation.
Over three days, the event brings together keynote addresses, case studies, roundtables, professional workshops, and artist performances to discuss the future of art institutions, share experiences, and explore alliances with radical and grassroots movements. The conference is initiated in the framework of the project »Notes towards a Permacircular Museum« by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro for the exhibition »Critical Zones«. Following an exercise in mapping the show’s environmental footprint and a collective effort to restore an abandoned fruit orchard near ZKM, the project explores the possibility of expanding museum maintenance practices to more-than-human solidarity and sheltering.
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