Bandjoun Station, by Barthélémy Toguo

Bandjoun Station, a long-term artistic, agricultural and political project, was initiated in 2005 in Bandjoun, Cameroon, by the contemporary artist Barthélémy Toguo. His mission? To develop education and access to art; promote organic farming and food self-sufficiency; exhibit traditional African and contemporary art "without a hierarchy of values"; and link age-old traditions with contemporary challenges. [...]

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The Autumn artistic season is green

From Paris to Marseille, the arts return after the summer break under the sign of the Anthropocene, like a mirror image of COVID-19, a symptom of an annexed wild world, heat waves, droughts and fires that are accelerating in the world. The month of September in Paris offers a real crossover of exhibitions placing great [...]

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What is eco-design?

Eco-design derives from life cycle analysis, which appeared in the 1970s. It is officially defined as: ‘integrating environmental characteristics into product design to improve its environmental performance throughout its life cycle’ (2009 European eco-design directive). In other words, through eco-design, progress to significantly reduce environmental impacts can be identified and implemented in all human activities. [...]

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Conversation with the artist Manish Nai

Art of Change 21 - How did you start using recycled materials in your work? Manish Nai - Collecting old stuff is my hobby and obsession. In my daily life I am overwhelmed by it! It is time for us to understand how and why we consume the way we do and face up to [...]

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Summer Quiz! How much do you know about Art & Environment?

For its July / August 2020 issue, Impact Art News invites you to play our Quiz to test your knowledge of contemporary art and the environment.  Ready? Here are 14 questions. More than 7 correct answers? You are already a connoisseur! More than 10 correct answers? Let us know! We want to work with experts [...]

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Conversation with the artist Sissel Tolaas

Art of Change 21 - You have been working on the topic of smell for nearly thirty years, across disciplines and continents, what inspires you? Sissel Tolaas - What makes us human is that we have emotions. We are neither using our senses nor our emotions enough to understand the complexities of the world we [...]

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What are the main environmental impacts of a contemporary work of art?

This general question is the common thread of this new section, which seeks to understand and reduce these impacts. To start with, they are distributed throughout the ‘life cycle’ of an artwork – from design to production, then when it is being exhibited, conserved, and if there is one, at its end-of-life. Only an overview can [...]

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Places of the unexplored by Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen is interested in how technology and ecology can work together. Accustomed to reviving extinct landscapes and ecosystems using technology tools and virtual reality (3D animations, sound and immersive installations), the artist is currently working on his latest project 'Places of the unexplored'. This involves documenting life forms in salt marshes shaped by crystallisation, [...]

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A fair and united way of being in the world

At a time when a massive wave of uprisings is denouncing police violence, racism and social injustice, following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in the US, or Adama Traoré in France, major environmental players are joining forces to give this movement an new dimension: its link with global warming. 350, [...]

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The Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ), by Robert Zhao Renhui

At first sight it appears to be a serious institute bringing zoologists together. But a closer look reveals a few peculiarities. First, its founder, Robert Zhao Renhui, is an artist. Then, the focus of his studies is strange: “Everything that tends to be ignored in zoological research”. Founded in 2008, this institute uses experimentation, creativity and [...]

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