Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


SAVA: Art and Climate Change

08 November 2022, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Book cover, Art and Climate Change

Join us for an evening of discursive, sonic, visual and sensory interventions at the Showroom with authors Maja and Reuben Fowkes, featured artists Tuur van Balen, Sonia Levy and Himali Singh Soin, as well as Katarzyna Depta-Garapich from the Slade, who has conceived the edible artwork Planetary Ferment for the launch.

This event is free.

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The Showroom
63 Penfold Street

Published in Thames & Hudson’s World of Art series, Art and Climate Change is dedicated to the abundance of enlightening artistic engagements with intensifying ecological breakdown. When the future of life on Earth is threatened, creative production for its own sake is not enough. Artists are calling for an active, collective rapprochement with the planet and the uncovering of the exploitative structures that threaten the survival of people, animals, plants and natural entities. Exploring the meeting point of decolonial reparation and ecological restoration, artists are drawing on activist praxes, ecological theories, scientific insights and indigenous worldviews to engage with the climate crisis. The book discusses art practices that respond to the Anthropocene and its detrimental impact on the planet’s climate, from scenes of nature decimated by ongoing extinction events and landscapes turned to waste by extraction, to art coming out of the communities most affected by the environmental injustice of climate change.

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre at the Institute of Advanced Studies, will present the book and its relation to their research project on the Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts. Katarzyna Depta-Garapich, who is currently completing a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, has conceived the edible artwork Planetary Ferment to respond to the climate crisis of the Anthropocene. This evening of discursive, sonic, visual and sensory interventions at the Showroom is an occasion to gather together around the uncertainties and urgencies of the age of climate chaos.

Copies of the publication will be available for purchase on the night. Refreshments are kindly provided by the publishers Thames & Hudson.

Thanks also to The Showroom for hosting this event.

Admission is free but numbers are limited, so please book at: Art and Climate Change - book launch| Eventbrite

About the Speakers

Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Maja and Reuben Fowkes are founders of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art and directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies UCL. Their publications include Art and Climate Change (Thames & Hudson, 2022), Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (Thames & Hudson, 2020) and Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar (Sternberg Press, 2021). Recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Colliding Epistemes at Bozar Brussels (2022) and Potential Agrarianisms at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2021).

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work across objects, installation and film to explore processes of production as cultural, personal and political practices.

Sonia Levy

Sonia Levy’s research-led practice considers shifting modes of engagement with other/more-than-human worlds in light of prevailing earthly precarity. Her work operates at the intersection of art and science, a co-becoming of practices tending to the reweaving of multispecies worlds.

Himali Singh Soin

Himali Singh Soin is a writer and artist based between London and Delhi. She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to construct imaginary cosmologies of interferences, entanglements, deep voids, debris, delays, alienation, distance and intimacy. In doing this, she thinks through ecological loss, and the loss of home, seeking shelter somewhere in the radicality of love. Her speculations are performed in audio-visual, immersive environments.

Katarzyna Depta-Garapich

Katarzyna Depta-Garapich works across various media including sculpture, performative gestures and video, site specific installations and drawing.