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Here we share information about our public programme which includes talks, workshops, conferences, and other public events.
We also publish relevant research and articles on topics related to our ongoing investigations.
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We wrote a dossier for Umbigo Magazine on ecological issues and post-humanist questions to discuss the interdependence of climate, social and cultural injustices.
Circularity as a design model: conference
We talked about temporary art exhibitions following circularity as a design model as part of an ongoing series of webinars hosted by Metis (in French).
villa villa is a sustainable art residency programme taking place in a newly renovated farm house in the countryside of Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to supporting contemporary artists, curators, writers and thinkers. Organised around the principles of sustainable living, the residency encourages participants to engage with the region’s local and rural context and strives towards having a neutral impact.
villa villa is a space that facilitates research, production and presentation of artistic practices outside of the urban context, while fostering relationships and collaborations both nationally and internationally. It aims to participate in the creation of new contemporary experiences built on social and environmental interaction.
With a programme of open-ended art residencies, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and culinary food-based research, villa villa aims to stimulate dialogue around contemporary issues and seeks to create a community of ecologically sensitive and environmentally respectful creative professionals.
Our team is currently working on the development of several tools to help artists and art professionals lower the impact of their practice on the environment.
To develop the best tools, we conducted an online survey in order to:
— Better understand the motivations and barriers artists may face when seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their studio practice,
— Gather tips, suggestions and comments from artists on their personal experience in making their studio practice greener.
We are currently analysing the 131 responses we received. We will present the result of this survey in September 2021 in a public discussion and survey report. Exact dates will be announced on our newsletter and social media.
We are regularly running workshops and online courses to help curators and exhibition makers reduce the environmental impact of contemporary art exhibitions.
Curating an ecologically sensitive exhibition is an online short course that provides the tools to become a responsible practitioner of curation and to curate contemporary art exhibitions with environmental impact awareness. The focus of the course is to challenge the conditions in which contemporary art operates in regards to the environmental crisis.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand the environmental challenges associated with exhibition making, they will know how to measure these impacts and how to reduce them. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to plan, organise and deliver environmentally sustainable art exhibitions.
An environmental approach to curating
9, 10 and 11 August 2021