Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Art for Earth's Sake

snagged from Eyeteeth.

Art for earth’s sake: Move over Tracey
The new wave of artists are subversive shamans, subtly challenging us to live less destructive lives, says Hannah Bullock. But when sustainability becomes the message, does creativity get smothered?

By blurring boundaries between science, art and politics, says curator Anne Eggebert, such pieces can be useful “testing spaces” for ideas. It’s what Malcolm Miles, cultural theorist at Plymouth University, calls “demonstrating the possible... helping people imagine what doesn’t yet exist”. By offering a vision of where we might want to be in the future, artists can help us work out how to get there – as long as we’re prepared to think outside the box.

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