HEAT: Nina Czegledy SPEAKS on ecological art activism

In response to our HEAT: Solar Revolutions programme, internationally renowned artist/curator/educator Nina Czegledy discusses ecological and environmental art activism, particularly with regard to the potential of cross-disciplinary concerns in new media and electronic arts. Over the past decades we have witnessed a critical transition from passive representations to active involvement with nature, both analogue and digital. This participatory discussion aims to question and confront the ways in which we have interfered in our natural environment and seeks illumination.

HEAT: Solar Revolutions is an art event that asks how the sun’s energy may catalyse climate-friendly conversations, collective actions, speculations and interventions. Heat is explored as a transformative condition that sparks making (or un-making) processes.

Czegledy works internationally on collaborative art and science and technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. Previous presentations and projects include ‘The Role of Art Education in an Age of Ecological Crisis and the Globalization of Knowledge’, ‘Art as a Catalyst’, Reframing Nature’, ‘Galactic Wind’ and ‘The River Speaks’. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, led and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide at international events. She is Senior Fellow at KMDI, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Research Collaborator Hexagram International Network for Research Creation, Montreal, Senior Fellow, Intermedia, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, and Honorary Fellow, Moholy Nagy University Budapest. Czegledy is a member of the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board, Board Member AICA International Association of Art Critics Canada and Chair, Intercreate org New Zealand.

HEAT is presented in association with TEMP.

Image: Nina Czegledy and Janine Randerson, Areosphere and Atmosphere, 2011

25 February, 12:30 pm-12:30 pm

Te Uru Learning Centre