[NetBehaviour] GREEN PLATFORM - art, ecology and sustainability

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Apr 21 11:42:35 CEST 2009

art, ecology and sustainability


The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS), at the Palazzo 
Strozzi, Florence, Italy, will present from 24 April 2009 to 19 July 2009 :

GREEN PLATFORM - Art Ecology Sustainability, curated by Valentina 
Gensini and Lorenzo Giusti.

the exhibition will present a series of works by international artists 
who address these issues in a number of very different ways.

The artists whose work will be on display are Alterazioni Video, Amy 
Balkin, Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna, Michele Dantini, Ettore 
Favini, Futurefarmers, Tue Greenfort, Henrik Håkansson, Katie Holten, 
Dave Hullfish Bailey, Christiane Löhr, Dacia Manto, Lucy and Jorge Orta, 
Julian Rosefeldt, Carlotta Ruggieri, Superflex, Nicola Toffolini and 
Nikola Uzunowski.   Between them they will address the issue of the 
environment in the dual sense of a crisis in our thermo-industrial 
society based on non-renewable sources of energy and of an ecological 
crisis caused by pollution and by the worrying overheating of our planet.

Green Platform will allow visitors to compare the artists' different 
approaches to, and ways of reflecting on, the problem of ecology which 
will be explored not only in terms of an environmental approach but also 
analysed and understood through its myriad philosophical, psychological, 
environmental, economic and social implications.

Some of the artists focus on investigating and denouncing existing 
situations, conduct and social practices that fail to respect the 
ecosystem.  Their work highlights the inconsistency and responsibility 
of individuals and of society as a whole, yet without claiming to 
indicate any 'right way' to resolve the problem of the environment.  
Rather, their work offers a detached analytical view that questions 
tangible elements in the difficult transformation process currently 

Other artists dwell on the theme of virtuous practices designed to 
curtail environmental impact, in an attempt to avoid jeopardising the 
chance of future generations to continue to develop while safeguarding 
the quality and quantity of the world's natural reserves and heritage.  
These artists' works are formed with natural, perishable and recycled 
materials or are constructed in accordance with energy-related, 
behavioural and structural rationales based on sustainability.

Finally there are artists who resort to programmed or relational 
practices, interacting with the public sphere and proposing not just a 
virtuous approach in their artistic output but fully-fledged alternative 
strategies for development.  'Eco-active' artists make the best possible 
use of the varied vocabulary of art to fight a concrete environmental 
battle.  Their work simultaneously covers the ground of both artistic 
practice and political activism.

Designed not only as an exhibition but as a composite platform, Green 
Platform will offer a variety of different experiences, open to visitors 
and the community alike, with a series of workshops run by artists, 
environmental activists and NGO members, a calendar of lectures by 
experts hailing from several different disciplines and working 
environments, as well as a programme of videos and documentaries on 
environmental issues.

The exhibition catalogue, with articles by international authors from a 
whole range of different disciplines and cultural backgrounds (from the 
economy to architecture, and from the social sciences to public-sector 
art), is a perfect tool for prompting reflection and debate on a new 
concept in art and on the opportunity to foster the new and 
'sustainable' development of that art.

Location:    Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS), 50123 
Firenze, Italy

Public Information:    Tel. +39 055 2645155,  http://www.palazzostrozzi.org

Opening hours:    Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00, Thursday 10.00 to 
23.00, Monday closed

Tickets:    ¤5.00 multiple entry (up to five times in one month, 
including lectures)
    ¤4.00 (schools)

Access:    Lifts and wheelchair access to all areas.


Alessandro Ludovico
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