I've long thought that both artists and psychologists have a lot to offer in helping us combat the challenge of Climate Change. I'm interested in ways of improving behavioural change. This blog covers three interesting projects.
1. The first is shown below - the sculptures of Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor. As you can see the horses heads were bee replaced by an oil well pump and the four sculptures were placed at Battersea and submerged twice daily by the Thames. Simple and poignant. Quoted in the Guardian the artist said “Working in conservation, I am very concerned with all the associated effects of climate change and the state of peril our seas are in at the moment,” said Taylor. “So here I wanted a piece that was going to be revealed with the tide and worked with the natural environment of the Thames, but also alluded to the industrial nature of the city and it’s obsessive and damaging focus just on work and construction.”
2. Recently I watched a really interesting talk by Jeni Cross, a sociology professor at Colorado State University, about behavioural change and how important social norms are in this. You can watch it here
3. I've also been to a conference about art and climate change run by Invisible Dust. Invisible Dust is a not for profit organisation and involves leading artists, creative technologists and scientists exploring our environment and climate change, set up by Curator Alice Sharp to produce exciting art and science exhibitions and participatory events. I'm excited to see there's been a new film commissioned by them - 'Deep Above' film premier by the 2015 Jarman Award shortlisted artist Adam Chodzko exploring psychology and climate change, it's just starting to screen. For further information do visit their website.