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Following seven successful symposia held at the Dunedin School of Art, from ‘Illustrating the Unseeable: Reconnecting Art and Science’ (2009) to ‘Art and Design’ (2015), the Dunedin School of Art, together with the Centre for Sustainability and the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, is organising an eighth symposium entitled ‘Art and Future: Energy, Climate, Cultures.’

Art has always had to do with identity—with kin and class, with gods and demons, and also with aspirations and fears for the future. Instead of leaving the future to fate, Post-Enlightenment Modernity has often cast science and technology as tools to craft a future, a future better than any past, conquering disease and deprivation. Yet the positive outlook of the 1960s has been shaken by an overabundance—of people, of goods, of waste, of environmental destruction. At this moment, when confidence is being eroded by despair as the utopian project is threatened by disaster, it may be an opportunity to assess interlocked themes, the conflicting knowledges and values that give rise to our current alarm and the part art might play in their elucidation and unravelment.

How has art seen the future? Have these visions helped or hindered clear thinking? Can art be a useful tool in sorting the significant from the trivial? Has art a role in making change or is it simply an expressive device for those with time and/or money? Has art agency? These themes will form the focus of this symposium.

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Event Details

THE SYMPOSIUM will be held at the Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street, Dunedin, on OCTOBER 14-15 2016. Artists may send in proposals of work for a selected exhibition that will run from 10-21 October 2016.

The date for submissions of abstracts for papers and/or proposals for artworks is 15 May 2016. All abstracts will be peer reviewed before finalising the programme. Artworks will be selected from the proposals for exhibition. There will be no charge for admission or registration. All enquiries should be addressed to .

NB. Books of selected papers have been published for the last four symposia and there is no reason to think that we will not get a publishing contract for selected papers from Art and Future.

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