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Keynote speaker: Clive Adams (UK)

Founder and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW)

Keynote speaker: Clive Adams (UK)

Clive Adams is a British curator whose greatest interest is with art that explores our place within nature. This started with the exhibition Artists Over Land at Arnolfini, Bristol in 1975. Since then, he has organised exhibitions by Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Robert Smithson and David Nash and helped develop the early careers of Andy Goldsworthy and Peter Randall-Page. In 2006 he founded the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World.

Leaf Works: Susanna Bauer. CCANW exhibition at University of Exeter 2016

Its most recent programme, Soil Culture, was the UK's most substantial contribution to last year's International Year of Soils. Clive will speak on the development of LandArt, the work of CCANW and what we mean by 'nature'.

Keynote speaker Nils-Udo (Germany)

Land art Artist

Photo Liesa
Keynote speaker Nils-Udo (Germany)

In 1972, Bavarian artist Nils-Udo turned from painting nature to creating site-specific pieces using natural materials. His ephemeral interventions have appeared in 40 countries across the world from India to Mexico, Namibia and Japan. Each piece is in response to the landscape and materials he finds around him, such as leaves, sticks, the movement of water, the growth of plants. He rearranges elements of nature, not with a bulldozer, but with an unparalleled delicacy and deftness of touch, before capturing the microcosm he has created in a photograph.

Nils-Udo, Sequoia piece, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, Canada 2012

"Knowledge, and thus, interest and affinity with nature, have become lost. Moving from Paris to rural Bavaria, perceiving the endangerment of nature, its growing destruction, it appeared to me that acting in compliance with the laws of nature was something self-evident and necessary for survival. As a part of nature, I lived and worked day after day in its rhythms, by its conditions. Life and work became a unity."

Sue Spaid (USA)

Curator and art writer

Sue Spaid (USA)

In 2002 Sue Spaid and Amy Lipton curated Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, US. They coined ecovention to categorize artworks that offer inventive solutions to ecological problems and aimed to demonstrate that artists had not only imagined new possibilities, but had implemented their ideas and were awaiting results.

Cecylia Malik, 6 Rivers, 2011-12, Krakow, PO

The exhibition prompted several issues: some felt that the artworks seemed too scientific, while others hated the idea of art having practical applications. Most important, this was perhaps the first US exhibition to acknowledge stakeholders’ role in conserving artworks.
In 2016 she will co-curate Ecovention Europe: Current Art to Re-imagine Ecologies with Roel Arkesteijn in Sittard (The Netherlands).

Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium)

Artist researcher

Prix Ars Festival, Linz (AT), 2013. Photo by Florian Voggeneder
Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium)

Koen Vanmechelen is one of the most prolific transdisciplinary artists in Belgium. He works with living animals and other media. He is internationally renowned for his ongoing Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP). Collaborating with scientists in the field of genetics, he crossbreeds chickens from different national races, to create a cosmopolitan chicken that carries genes from all over the planet.
CCP is like a two sided sword. First, it serves as a metaphor for human behaviour and the multi-cultural ideal. Secondly, it demonstrates the benefits of biological diversity. Vanmechelen is currently involving other species, such as camels, llamas, ostriches and emus. In 2018, they will populate La Biomista in a former zoo in Genk.

Breaking The Cage – C.C.P.IKOB - Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen (BE), 2011. Photo by Stoffel Hias. © Koen Vanmechelen

"I need the living material inside my work… the feathers, the eggs and the corn."

Alan Sonfist (USA)

Eco art Artist

Alan Sonfist (USA)

Alan is famous for his Time Landscape in New York City the first urban forest of its kind. Thus he became a pioneer in EcoArt. In Time Landscape, Sonfist restored the original vegetation. Proposed in 1965, it took ten years of deliberation before he could realise the project, which today forms a green oasis in a stone desert.
He is also included in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim and the Ludwig Museum in Koln, Germany, as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France.

Alan Sonfist, Time Landscape, 45ft x 200ft, 1965-present

Sonfist continues to promote his message of ecological sustainability and timeless respect for the fragility of nature in each of his green art projects in Pori, Finland, Tampa, Florida, US and Verbeke Foundation, Belgium.

"The essence of my art began in my childhood, when I witnessed the destruction of the forest in my neighbourhood the Bronx, New York City."

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