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IkonoTV believes that due to changes concerning global warming and globalization, art is becoming more and more important as part of the political discourse, not only to illustrate but also to transfer ecological and environmental awareness. Environmental art can be applied in diverse contexts – dealing with the illustrations of landscapes as a mean of representation or on behalf of ecological issues. The latter started as a movement in the 1960s and 1970s, which lead to the different range of environmental art styles of that time – like urban landscapes, renewable energy sculpture, but also traditional art media like painting, sculptures, installations and performances.
MELD has added to this by quoting Charles Dickens in his Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” One hundred and fifty years later, the feeling of disillusionment still remains. With the recent financial collapse, the failure of the political sector to find tangible solutions, the decline of environmental protection and a general sense of both individual and collective despair, we find ourselves at a moment of truth. We believe this time of uncertainty should be the moment to reconsider the intrinsic value of artistic practice as a cultural catalyst and provoke change. We believe that through the arts, freedom of expression creates an opportunity to put forth an alternative view of the world.
IkonoMenasa and MELD have joined forces to render an homage to the planet and will present a 24 hour series on June 17, 2011 of art films/videos dedicated to issues embedded in the environment. These films will act as a catalyst for social change by provoking civic engagement, thus creating a feeling of belonging, a sense of responsibility and an experience of investment and ownership in the local, regional, national, and international communities to which citizens belong. Additionally, our goal is to generate a physical and experiential space where people learn to co-exist, connect and build trust. Such community engagement forges social contracts between people and across various associations, including civic, political and business entities. We hope ikonoMenasa and MELD will become a bridge to facilitate new dialogues in the world.
Artists participating: Burt Barr – The Frog / Alexander Schellow – The Tirana Walk / Ben Jeans Houghton – TSU / Danae Stratou – Raising awareness 1, Raising awareness 2, Globalising WALL, Vital Space, River / Janaina Tschäpe – After the Rain, Blood-Sea, Moss, Wave, River bed / Sama Alshaibi – Thowra/Revolution / Martin Mlecko – Waterfalls / Beth Derbyshire – Arctic study / Santeri Tuori – Forest / Shoja Azari – Winter / Interpol – Planet / Azad Nanakeli – Destnuej / Ali Assaf – Narciso