Creative People Facing Global Challenges / panel discussion

In the occasion of COP24 in Katowice, Art of Change 21 and Muzeum Śląskie invite you to attend the panel discussion “Creative People Facing Global Challenges” in Muzeum Śląskie.

Speakers: Lise Autogena, John Gerrard, Jérémy Gobé and Marcin Szczelina. Moderator : Alice Audouin, founder of the non-profit organization Art of Change 21.

From Europe to the U.S., the four artists invited for this panel discussion are all involved in, and have strong contributions to make towards raising awareness on the ecological transition.

They rejuvenate, and re-contextualize the role of the artist in the society at the age of the Anthropocene, with all of the major changes and losses that global warming and pollution have brought about.

Partner: Schneider Electric Foundation.


7.12 / Friday / 17.30-19.15

Muzeum Śląskie, T. Dobrowolskiego  St. / auditorium

Free admission


John Gerrard

John Gerrard is an artist working between Ireland, the U.S. and Austria. His sculpture and installation works, taking the form of digital simulations, using real-time computer graphics, address global issues such as power, energy and pollution. Last summer, his major public installation Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) was exhibited at LACMA in Los Angeles.

Lise Autogena

Lise Autogena is a Danish artist based in the UK and a Professor of Cross-Disciplinary Art at Sheffield Hallam University. In collaboration with Joshua Portway she has developed multi-form art projects dealing with contemporary issues such as climate change and the impacts of technology on our understanding of nature and society. ‘Most Blue Skies’ is a project that explores the changing perceptions of the sky space in the context of climate change. The project attempts to find the bluest sky in the world by measuring the passage of light through particulate matter in the atmosphere, and calculating the exact colours of skies at billions of places on Earth.

Jérémy Gobé

Jérémy Gobé is a French contemporary artist. His work addresses the decline of industry and its social consequences, in addition to environmental issues and historic material techniques. Jérémy Gobé’s main project is Coral / Artefact that, bybridging art, science and industry, is designed to regenerate the many disappearing coral reefs through the use of embroidery stitches from a historic French textile company. Jérémy works in collaboration with one of the best researchersin marine biology at the French National History Museum

Marcin Szczelina

Marcin Szczelina is a Polish architecture critic and curator and assistant to Director Aaron Betsky at the XI Venice Architecture Biennale, where he presented the installation “Let’s talk about garbage” at the Corderie of the Venice Arsenale. This piece addressed alternative strategies in handling waste, as it floods our cities.

Alice Audouin

Alice Audouin is the founder and president of Art of Change 21. She is a French expert and pioneer on art and sustainable development. Supported by the patronage of Olafur Eliasson, Art of Change 21 brings together international contemporary engaged artists and eco-leaders in order to co-create and implement artistic, participatory and impactful projects on climate change and air pollution, such as Maskbook. Alice Audouin is also a curator, art advisor, author, and lecturer at the Sorbonne University.

Creative people facing global challenges

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