Ecological Citizenship and Contemporary Art

Kaszas Tamas

Public lecture by Maja and Reuben Fowkes at Turner Contemporary dealing with a pivotal issue for art and sustainability.

A heightened awareness of the ecological consequences of our actions, lifestyles, and everyday choices has rapidly gone from a fringe concern to a mainstream preoccupation, reinforced by the newfound enthusiasm of politicians and the media for green issues. Contemporary artists have in many cases maintained an independent position, showing a willingness to engage with the most radical implications of sustainability for society as well as for artistic practice, while remaining alert to the dangers of coercion, manipulation and social control. This presentation will investigate the ongoing encounter of contemporary art with the quest for ecological citizenship, including the artistic exploration of its deeper ramifications and discussion of the instinctive preference for an ecology of freedom.