Keynote speech, Rotterdam - Cape Farewell - The cultural response to climate change


Van Eyck at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

Symposium Sustainability in the Arts

11 December 2014

Cape Farewell is very pleased to be one of the keynote speakers at the symposium MORE THAN DOUBLE GLAZING, which is taking place on 11 December at The New Institute in Rotterdam as part of the exhibition The New Material Award that is showing work by the nominees of the eponymous prize.

Ecological awareness and commitment to sustainability are major societal issues, but in the art world they seem to be playing only a minor part. The symposium MORE THAN DOUBLE GLAZING gathers inspiring speakers from across the world who are considering the question of what stance the art world could take on the ever-growing public appeal for sustainable conduct. Catching art projects and institutional good practices will shed light on the innovative power of sustainability and expand on the latest opportunities and openings that come with thinking ecologically. The question further arises as to how these insights and attitudes will be applied in new policies.

The full programme will be available online as of 20 November. Speakers include Alison Tickell, director of Julie's Bicycle, David Buckland, director of Cape Farewell, Ian Rimington,  expert environmental sustainability Arts Council England, Guy Gypens, artistic director of the Kaaitheater, Oeds Westerhof, artistic head of Leeuwarden Cultural Capital 2018, among others. Arne Hendriks, Yeb Wiersma and Miek Zwamborn are giving artists’s presentations. Moderator is Tracy Metz.

After the talks dinner will be served at Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 20:00 a conversation will be set up with the nominees of the New Material Award.

The symposium MORE THAN DOUBLE GLAZING is organised within the larger framework of the European Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) project, an international project network that has sustainability as central theme. 

As follow-up to the symposium and output of its involvement in the GALA project Van Eyck is setting up a sustainability lab that is dealing with issues of ecological management, the use and reorganisation of the built environment.  

MORE THAN DOUBLE GLAZING is achieved through intensive conversations with DutchCulture | TransArtists (Maria Tuerlings and Mareile Zuber), Stroom Den Haag (Arno van Roosmalen), BNO Amsterdam (Femke Glas) and Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam (Christine Vroom).

11 December 2014
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam