Tuesday, April 21, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] GREEN PLATFORM, art, ecology and sustainability

art, ecology and sustainability


The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
(CCCS), at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy,
will present from 24 April 2009 to 19 July 2009 :

GREEN PLATFORM - Art Ecology Sustainability,
curated by Valentina Gensini and Lorenzo Giusti.

the exhibition will present a series of works by
international artists who address these issues in
a number of very different ways.

The artists whose work will be on display are
Alterazioni Video, Amy Balkin, Andrea Caretto and
Raffaella Spagna, Michele Dantini, Ettore Favini,
Futurefarmers, Tue Greenfort, Henrik Håkansson,
Katie Holten, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Christiane
Löhr, Dacia Manto, Lucy and Jorge Orta, Julian
Rosefeldt, Carlotta Ruggieri, Superflex, Nicola
Toffolini and Nikola Uzunowski. Between them
they will address the issue of the environment in
the dual sense of a crisis in our
thermo-industrial society based on non-renewable
sources of energy and of an ecological crisis
caused by pollution and by the worrying
overheating of our planet.

Green Platform will allow visitors to compare the
artists' different approaches to, and ways of
reflecting on, the problem of ecology which will
be explored not only in terms of an environmental
approach but also analysed and understood through
its myriad philosophical, psychological,
environmental, economic and social implications.

Some of the artists focus on investigating and
denouncing existing situations, conduct and
social practices that fail to respect the
ecosystem. Their work highlights the
inconsistency and responsibility of individuals
and of society as a whole, yet without claiming
to indicate any 'right way' to resolve the
problem of the environment. Rather, their work
offers a detached analytical view that questions
tangible elements in the difficult transformation
process currently underway.

Other artists dwell on the theme of virtuous
practices designed to curtail environmental
impact, in an attempt to avoid jeopardising the
chance of future generations to continue to
develop while safeguarding the quality and
quantity of the world's natural reserves and
heritage. These artists' works are formed with
natural, perishable and recycled materials or are
constructed in accordance with energy-related,
behavioural and structural rationales based on

Finally there are artists who resort to
programmed or relational practices, interacting
with the public sphere and proposing not just a
virtuous approach in their artistic output but
fully-fledged alternative strategies for
development. 'Eco-active' artists make the best
possible use of the varied vocabulary of art to
fight a concrete environmental battle. Their
work simultaneously covers the ground of both
artistic practice and political activism.

Designed not only as an exhibition but as a
composite platform, Green Platform will offer a
variety of different experiences, open to
visitors and the community alike, with a series
of workshops run by artists, environmental
activists and NGO members, a calendar of lectures
by experts hailing from several different
disciplines and working environments, as well as
a programme of videos and documentaries on
environmental issues.

The exhibition catalogue, with articles by
international authors from a whole range of
different disciplines and cultural backgrounds
(from the economy to architecture, and from the
social sciences to public-sector art), is a
perfect tool for prompting reflection and debate
on a new concept in art and on the opportunity to
foster the new and 'sustainable' development of
that art.

Location: Centre for Contemporary Culture
Strozzina (CCCS), 50123 Firenze, Italy

Public Information: Tel. +39 055 2645155, http://www.palazzostrozzi.org

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00,
Thursday 10.00 to 23.00, Monday closed

Tickets: ¤5.00 multiple entry (up to five
times in one month, including lectures)
¤4.00 (schools)

Access: Lifts and wheelchair access to all areas.


Alessandro Ludovico
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