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All Points Bulletin: Interventions on Climate Change

I Am Coal

Title: I Am Coal

Artist: Cristina Vanko

Albedo Pilgrims
Promise Plates
Fiber Awareness
Reclaim the Tap

Reception: All Points Bulletin: Interventions on Climate Change
February 19, 2010 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University is proud to present a new exhibition titled All Points Bulletin: Interventions on Climate Change. The students of the 8-week Indiana University/Canary Project course Art/Engagement/Activism created all works in the exhibition. This exhibition will open Tuesday, February 16 and continue through Friday, March 12, 2010. The Opening Reception is Friday, February 19, 7:00-9:00pm. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will incorporate student and community projects that were created as a result of the 8-week Fine Arts course, Art/Engagement/Activism. This class, which began in September 2009, included students from a broad range of disciplines. The students focused on community engagement and collaborated with a number of groups on and off campus in their self-designed projects.

Renowned as innovators in the field of interdisciplinary and activist art, The Canary Project produces visual media and artworks about the single issue of climate change. Working with the students of Indiana University, the Canary Project shared their knowledge and experience to collectively explore ways in which the prospect of catastrophic climate change challenges the limits of human comprehension and agency. The exhibition posits that these challenges can be a source of inspiration, melancholic beauty, engagement or defeat.

Edward Morris, Co-Founder of the Canary Project, noted “We were deeply inspired by the energy students put into their projects and by their results. The projects have a tremendous range in the media they employ; yet they are all united in their interest of moving beyond the formal. Each of the student projects involved some form of interaction with other people, some form of outreach. Each project also involved research, which is a central concern for our own artistic practice with The Canary Project.” Morris also hopes “we enlarged the scope of what both students and visitors to the exhibition consider as viable artistic practice. Art practice can be constructive or productive without being reductionist or overly simple or trite. The work by these students proves it.”