Art·Film·Social Interest

Ways of Seeing Climate Change: Invisible Dust

October 2013

Over the past three months I’ve been working on a series of films with Invisible Dust – an organisation that brings together artists and scientists to create new works. There are six films in total, Ellie Harrisons anti-capitalist aerobics, already posted, and a series of films relating to both the British Science Festival in Newcastle, and the Manchester Science Festival.

The first to highlight is Ways of Seeing Climate Change, capturing performances and speeches from a packed day of talks by artists and scientists, on a huge range of subjects, but each a sobering reminder of the state of our planet, and the very real effects of climate change.  The event brought 70 artists and scientists together to explore this issue and look at new ways that this collaboration can contribute to a greater public understanding.

There were fascinating and inspirational speeches from; Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (Manchester University), Professor Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre), Juergen Maier (Siemens), Alice Sharp (Invisible Dust), John Vidal (Guardian), Sasha Englemann (Invisible Dust), Erinma Ochu (Wellcome Trust), Jordan Kaplan (Parabola), Faisal Abdu’Allah (artist), Phil Korbel (Carbon Literacy Project), Mariele Neudecker (artist), Dr Grant Allen (Manchester University) and David Malone (filmmaker and author).

The day also included performances from artist Ellie Harrison, and a performance of ‘Rising’ by Adam Chodzko, co-commissioned with Great North Run Culture.

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