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Tyneside Cinema Climate Migration weekend screens Footprint Modulation film

'Climate Refugees' feature documentary at Tyneside Cinema

‘Climate Refugees’ feature documentary

Tyneside cinema is to screen the ‘Footprint Modulation‘ documentary followed by a showing of the feature film ‘Climate Refugees’ on 17th March 2017, 8.15pm.  Full details at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/climate-refugees .

They are hosting a bold weekend of films on climate change, migration and the refugee crisis titled ‘Gimme Shelter’.  Here is the blurb from Tyneside Cinema’s own website:

“It is predicted that climate change will have a big impact on human migration in the next 50 years, with millions set to be displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, intensifying drought and further agricultural disruption.

Tyneside Cinema aims to inform and spark discussion through a curated programme focusing on the urgency of action on climate change as well as its very real connection to the current refugee crisis. The programme contextualises these issues and will cultivate a better understanding of the reasons behind human displacement and will see filmmakers joined by leading experts to discuss the connection between climate change, natural disasters and migration.

Gimme Shelter at Tyneside CinemaJoin us after the screening for a special panel discussion with;
– Filmmaker and artist Kooj Chuhan, whose recent films have focused on climate-linked migration
– Professor Tahseen Jafry, whose work in Glasgow focuses on climate and international development aid
– Durham University-based Professor Andrew Baldwin, one of the world’s leading academics on climate change and migration.”

More about the Gimme Shelter weekend festival at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/gimme-shelter  and at http://climatemigration.org.uk/climate-migration-film-festival/ . Continue reading

Documentary Film on Art, Climate, Migration: Footprint Modulation exhibition

Footprint Modulation: the film

A film which brings to life the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Footprint Modulation’ of art and interventions exploring Climate Change, Global Justice and Migration.  This project critically connected artists and cultural venues with researchers, activists, communities and documentary media to interrogate, expose, humanise and discuss this compelling and increasingly urgent issue.
>> More info on the FOOTPRINT MODULATION HOME PAGE <<

 ‘Footprint Modulation’: the documentary (28 mins)

Artists, researchers, theorists and activists speaking in the film: Shahidul Alam, Prof David Held, Tracey Zengeni, Prof Wendy Brown, Jane Trowell (Platform), Alex Randall (UKCCMC), Kooj Chuhan, Dr Andrew Baldwin, Apu and Murad Chowdhury, Dr François Gemenne, Mazaher R, Dr Koko Warner, Craig Barclay (Oriental Museum in Durham), Dr Ilan Kelman, Sai Murray, Dr Elizabeth Ferris, Sonali Narang, Dr Ademola Oluborode Jegede, Selina Nwulu, Dave Douglass, Janet Stewart.  [additional thanks / credits see below * ]

Documentary Film on Art, Climate, Migration: screenings of ‘Footprint Modulation’

INTERESTED TO SCREEN THIS FILM?  Please contact us via http://metaceptive.net/contact .  If you are a funded group or organisation, we would appreciate a voluntary fee or donation.  We intend to expand this exhibition and show it in other cities, please get in touch if you might be interested to host it or to have it shown in your area.

Human Migration and the Environment conference: the film

The exhibition culminated in a landmark international conference at Durham University titled ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention’. A sister video about this conference has also been produced (contains less than 5 mins in total of footage shared with the above film):

Full details about this conference are available at: www.durhamconference.eu

‘Linking Climate Change with Migration’ public event 2016: the video

This video is of the panel presentations at Kings College which began with a screening of the film ‘Crossing Footprints’ by Kooj Chuhan.  The climate migration discussion panel included Richard Black, Zita Holbourne, Andrew Baldwin, Alex Randall and Kooj Chuhan; chaired by Helen Adams.  The ‘Crossing Footprints’ film shown at the event can be seen above in two parts as the Footprint Modulation documentary and the Human Migration And The Environment documentary.  This video of the panel presentations is approx 40 mins long:

>> Full details about the event ‘Linking Climate Change with Migration’

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* Thanks to all the artists and venues, speakers including Dave Douglass (Durham Miners’ Association) and Janet Stewart (CVAC), and special thanks to Maya Chowdhry, Mazaher R, Charlotte Lee, Mark Ruddell, Nigel Hulett / Granadilla Films (Zimbabwe), Transition Durham, DRIK (Bangladesh) and Virtual Migrants.  Thanks also for the support from Alex Randall and the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition. Actors appearing in ‘The Level’ by Mazaher R were Jamil Keating, Afreena Islam and Toby White.

Copyright 2016, Metaceptive / Kooj Chuhan.  All rights reserved.  Full details of the ‘Footprint Modulation’ exhibition at www.metaceptive.net/footprint-modulation .

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the Footprint Modulation exhibiton - Documentary Film on Art, Climate, Migration

 

Silence Would Be Treason performance by Platform plus Footprint Modulation events weekend

Silence Would Be Treason / Footprint Modulation

performance, poetry, music, film event by arts-activists Platform on Sunday 28th June
+ weekend of events as part of the Footprint Modulation exhibition 27th-29th June
Justice campaign for Ken Saro-Wiwa; divestment from corrupt fuel; diaspora responses to climate refugees; miners and workers rights.  In partnership with the international conference ‘Human Migration and the Environment’ www.durhamconference.eu at Durham University

Silence Would Be Treason performance by PlatformFive events over three days 27th-29th June as a part of Footprint Modulation exhibition – art and interventions exploring climate change, global justice and human displacement www.footprintmodulation.net . Download PDF flyer-programme HERE .

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE (a great day out!)
7pm-11pm PERFORMANCE NIGHT: Oil, politics, poetry with a performance by Platform ‘Silence Would Be Treason’ and also Transition Durham – at EMPTY SHOP HQ
4.30pm-6.30pm DEBATE-DISCUSSION: Workers rights, migration, miners and climate change – at Miners’ Hall
2pm-4pm ARTIST PRESENTATIONS + DISCUSSION: Connecting migrant realities in the UK – at Oriental Museum

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE
2pm-4pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Art, Climate Change, Migration and Activism – at Durham Art Gallery

MONDAY 29TH JUNE
6.30pm FILM SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘EXIT’ film by Diller Scofidio + Renfro – at Appleby Theatre, Geography West Building, Durham University (free, but registration necessary at www.exitfilm.eventbrite.co.uk)

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29th June – 1st July

Selected keynote presentations will be webcast live! No special software needed.
http://metaceptive.net/footprint-modulation/webcast/

 

PREVIEW – Watch a short extract of the interview with Shahidul Alam on YouTube, right now:


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC8GOonSSjI

FULL DETAILS BELOW (incl. performance by Platform):

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Footprint Modulation’s Launch through a Lens

The Launch through a lens: Footprint Modulation’s Launch by local photographer Simone Rudolphi

Footprint Modulation had its preview and launch night on Thursday 4th June at Durham Art Gallery (DLI). The evening was not what you might typically expect from a launch for an art exhibition, starting with the relaxed and accessible manner Kooj Chuhan, the artistic-director and one of the artists exhibiting, spoke about the journey behind the exhibition and his artwork at the DLI. Kooj Chuhan’s work, titled Chamada From Chico Mendes, is an interactive piece in which visitors can play different resources like a musical instrument, ranging from bottled water to a mobile phone, to create different effects on the collage of documentary footage displayed in a mask image. Other speakers at the preview showed the range of partners involved in the exhibition, from grassroots climate change organisation Transition Durham to climate change researcher Dr Andrew Baldwin. The evening finished with moving poetry from Platform’s Sai Murray, and a beautiful impromptu song from Tracey Zengeni whose artwork will be on display at the Durham Miners’ Hall, rounding off a unique and affecting evening.

Launch of Footprint Modulation – art exhibition exploring climate migration

FOOTPRINT MODULATION
An exhibition of art and interventions exploring climate change, global justice and human displacement across five venues in Durham, UK.
5th June – 5th July 2015 
www.footprintmodulation.net

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Thursday 4th June, 6pm-8pm at Durham Art Gallery   www.dlidurham.org.uk

The preview evening’s gathering will include presentations by Kooj Chuhan (artistic director), Maya Chowdhry (co-producer), Dr Andrew Baldwin (Geography Dept, Durham University) and selected artists.  Launching an art exhibition exploring climate migration and displacement,  includes live poetry by Sai Murray, short screening + more to be announced…

You can join this event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1385392818458056/

The exhibition runs 5th June – 5th July 2015 at five venues:
DURHAM ART GALLERY / ORIENTAL MUSEUM / MINERS HALL / EMPTY SHOP HQ / DURHAM UNIVERSITY
+ Special Events Weekend 27th-29th June

Artworks and contributions from:
SHAHIDUL ALAM : PLATFORM (LONDON) : KOOJ CHUHAN : MAYA CHOWDHRY : MAZAHER : TRACEY ZENGENI : APU CHOWDHURY : TRANSITION DURHAM : DILLER, SCOFIDIO + RENFRO : UK CLIMATE CHANGE & MIGRATION COALITION : MIKA LAIHO : SAI MURRAY & SELINA NWULU : DAVE DOUGLASS : NIGEL HULETT : JUDY PRICE & ANDREW CONIO : GEOGRAPHY@DURHAM UNI

A Metaceptive project in partnership with the international conference ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics and Invention’ at Durham University 28th June – 1st July 2015 www.durhamconference.eu

Sai Murray to read some poetry at this event

Sai Murray to read some poetry at this event

An exhibition exploring climate migration:

Popular ideas of climate change rarely connect with migration even though migration is probably the largest human consequence of climate change. The creative work presented here moves on from often didactic climate-art approaches from a decade ago without ducking strong critiques, and harnesses fresh perspectives from migrants and global voices.

Artists and activists at all levels from internationally acclaimed to local and emerging, and from countries including Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Iran, Brazil and Australia are involved in this exhibition exploring climate migration. Footprint Modulation culminates in a fantastic weekend of public performance, film screenings and discussions involving artists, activists, performers, community members and researchers, and which dovetails neatly into the final conference at Durham University.

Artistic director, curation and project management – Kooj (Kuljit Chuhan) of Metaceptive Projects and Media.
Collaborative research partner and conference chair – Dr Andrew Baldwin, Geography Dept, Durham University.
Artistic producer and transmedia consultant – Maya Chowdhry.

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Director’s Overview of the Footprint Modulation exhibition

Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement
Introductory description from the curator and artistic director, Kooj Chuhan

FOOTPRINT MODULATION_horizontalPromoWide2text_750x184An exhibition by Metaceptive Projects + Media
5th June – 5th July 2015 across five venues in Durham, UK

International artists, researchers, communities and local activists are combining forces using art to push climate change up the agenda in a ground-breaking exhibition titled Footprint Modulation.  The exhibition focuses on the massive and increasing impact that climate change will have on humans by forcing us to abandon our homes and migrate.  The renowned, award-winning Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam presents work for the first time in the North East.  Platform based in London use film and performance to highlight the corruption within global oil.  A number of UK-based artists from diverse backgrounds provoke us to connect with human realities in other countries.  The New York based architecture and digital art company Diller Scofidio + Renfro present a film commissioned by the Cartier Foundation to artistically re-interpret data about climate migration.

Taking place in Durham from 5th June – 5th July, the Footprint Modulation exhibition is spread across five venues including Durham’s leading galleries, museums and artists’ studios, Durham University and the magnificent Durham Miners’ Hall.  The Miners’ Hall is itself of particular interest with its ongoing tradition of working class radicalism.  As Dave Hopper the General Secretary of Durham Miners’ Association says, “We want to be able to reflect our concerns with pressing humanitarian issues and conflicts of our time across the world, and the exhibition is a part of that.”  As a bonus the exhibition allows visitors a rare opportunity to see some historic paintings and murals permanently housed at the Miners’ Hall, as well as the powerful setting of its little-changed nineteenth century council chamber.

This connection alone, along with further grass roots activity through creative collaboration with local environmental activists Transition Durham, would set the project apart from other exhibitions of this nature yet its unique qualities don’t stop there.  The exhibition culminates in an international conference hosted by Durham University which discusses climate-induced migration, titled ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention’.  This concludes four years of cutting edge workshops by leading researchers across Europe and also sets the theme for the exhibition.  The chair of the conference Dr Andrew Baldwin states, “When people think of climate change they don’t make any connections with migration, yet migration is probably the biggest human consequence in a truly devastating way for people who are forced to leave their homes and livelihoods.  Getting it on the agenda is way overdue, and this art exhibition is a great way to do that.”

Artworks have been carefully selected to underline the theme of climate change and migration by curator and artistic director Kooj Chuhan, not least by hosting the sensitively portrayed photo-documentary series titled ‘Climate Refugees’ by Shahidul Alam on show at the Oriental Museum.  In Shahidul’s own words, “Bangladeshis living in the low lying coastal regions of the country are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change … often living in abject poverty … This often requires relocation to areas of relative safety, where they have even fewer rights than on their own land.”  Shahidul’s work is accompanied by ‘Resilience’, a video installation by emerging UK Bangladeshi media artists Apu and Murad Chowdhury who respond to Shahidul’s photography.

Elsewhere, Iranian artist Mazaher exhibits his video installation ‘The Level’ at Durham Miners’ Hall, which dramatises verbatim dialogue from interviews conducted in acutely affected parts of the world by the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition.  Also at the Miners’ Hall the artist Tracey Zengeni responds to climate change in Zimbabwe, her native land.  Her work is titled ‘African Fragments’ and uses stop-motion techniques to layer painting over documentary sequences by film-maker Nigel Hulett.  Durham Art Gallery hosts a new interactive digital and musical art installation by Kooj Chuhan titled ‘Chamada From Chico Mendes’ which connects climate struggles in multiple countries with Brazilian activist and trade unionist Chico Mendes who was murdered in 1988.

The well-known arts, activism and education organisation Platform exhibit a revised version of their critically acclaimed ‘Refining Memory’ video installation, again showing at the Miners’ Hall.  This commemorates the 20th anniversary of the murder of leading writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9 due to their resistance against activities by Shell Oil and the Nigerian governement.  During a weekend packed with talks, activities and screenings at the end of June that overlaps with the conference, Platform also head a performance and discussion night at Empty Shop HQ titled ‘Silence Would Be Treason’ involving performance poets Sai Murray and Selina Nwulu.  Collaborating with Platform on this night will be local environmental activists Transition Durham who will use video and poetry to present their campaign demanding that Durham University divests away from fossil fuel companies.  They hope that Durham will follow in the inspiring footsteps of Glasgow University who have already set a precedent.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s acclaimed film titled ‘Exit’, seen as a key artwork about climate migration among researchers of the subject, will be screened at Durham University accompanied by a panel discussion involving experts in the field.  Other talks and debates featured during the same weekend include a discussion about new approaches to art, research and activism at Durham Art Gallery involving Alex Randall from the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition and Janet Stewart the director of Durham’s Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.  Geography researcher Andrew Telford of Durham University will add perspectives on how climate change is likely to affect Durham county and city itself.  Then there is a debate at Durham Miners’ Hall around the thorny areas of workers’ rights, fossil fuels and the miners involving writer, ex-miner and trade unionist Dave Douglass who previously collaborated with the Turner prize artist Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of the Battle Of Orgreave.

This integration of local grass-roots involvement alongside art, research and activism at multiple levels and including people from diverse backgrounds is essential for project director Kooj Chuhan and his company Metaceptive who are delivering the work.  The process is informed by Kooj’s experience not only as an artist and activist but also as a community worker, teacher and ex-scientist.  He suggests that “the way art is produced, distributed and consumed generally becomes distant from our lives and our control, it’s hard to really connect with it.  Footprint Modulation with its provocative focus manages to integrate with peoples lives, activities, issues and discussions at an unusually high level.”  Kooj hopes that local involvement will leave a lasting legacy, encouraging more work like this to be possible from the relationships formed and the experience and skills gained.

The title ‘Footprint Modulation’ on the one hand suggests our carbon footprint is being ‘modulated’ or pushed in different directions by active forces, yet at the same time it references FM radio (‘Frequency Modulation’) where messages are added to and carried by a radio wave.  All of the work in the exhibition involves the use of digital imagery and software, and also uses documentary footage and production in a variety of ways that re-interpret the world around us and add artistic layers to that footage, imagery, text and dialogue.

Exhibition Website:
www.footprintmodulation.net

Human Migration and the Environment conference:
www.durhamconference.eu

Events programme – Footprint Modulation

EVENTS: performances, film screenings, artist-activist talks and discussions

fm_du-36Thursday 4th June
Exhibition preview evening

6pm-8pm at Durham Art Gallery  www.dlidurham.org.uk
Introductory presentation about the exhibition by Kooj Chuhan (artistic director, Meta’ceptive), Maya Chowdhry (independent artist) and Dr Andrew Baldwin (Geography Dept, Durham University) – its aesthetics, methods, wider contexts and its connections with social and academic research, includes short film screening.
Further details and speakers to be announced.

Saturday 27th June
Art, Climate Change, Migration and Activism
MovingStories 30-photo2pm-4pm at Durham Art Gallery  www.dlidurham.org.uk
Gallery tour, talks and discussion with artist Kooj Chuhan, Alex Randall (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition), Janet Stewart (Director, Centre for Visual Arts and Culture) and Andrew Telford (climate change researcher, Geography Dept, Durham University).

Sunday 28th June
Connecting migrant realities in the UK

2pm-4pm at Oriental Museum  www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum
Presentations and discussion by artists Maya Chowdhry, Tracey Zengeni, Mazaher and Apu Chowdhury incl. guided tour of the art works

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Workers rights, migration, miners and climate change

4.30pm-6.30pm at Miners Hall  www.durhamminers.org
Provocative debate where Dave Douglass (trade unionist, miners historian and writer), Alex Randall (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition) and others battle out their positions, incl. guided tour of the art works.

sai-trace-maz_IMG_0367_sSunday 28th June
PERFORMANCE NIGHT: Oil, politics, poetry with Platform and Transition Durham

7.30pm at EMPTY SHOP HQ  35c Framwellgate Bridge, DH1 4SJ  www.emptyshop.org (Find Empty Shop HQ – click here)
Platform, Transition Durham and Metaceptive invite you to a special event for 2015 connecting County Durham with Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.
Silence Would Be Treason: Between Nigeria and here by Platform
It is 20 years since the executions of Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues for protesting against oil pollution by Shell and others.
Shell still haven’t cleaned up 60 years of devastated soil and rivers. Campaigner Jane Trowell from Platform and performance poets Sai Murray and Selina Nwulu share their work on environmental justice through video, music, poetry and slides.  They encourage you to ‘get the Bus to Nigeria’ to force change to happen.
+ De-Oiling Durham by Transition Durham
Screening of a film documenting their work to reduce Durham’s oil and fossil dependency plus live poetry from Mika Laiho and a discussion about local activism.

EXIT_stewdio-exit-carbon-0960x0540Mon 29th June
‘EXIT’ film by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA): Screening + panel discussion

6.30pm at Appleby Theatre, Geography West Building, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE  www.dur.ac.uk
EXIT is digital film-art that interprets climate migration data, widely recognised as a key work addressing the theme of climate change and migration. Created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA) with collaborators Laura Kurgan and Marc Hansen.   Free public tickets available online at www.exitfilm.eventbrite.co.uk .  A part of the ‘Human Migration & Environment’ conference  www.durhamconference.eu
Diller Scofidio + Renfro are an interdisciplinary New York studio integrating visual art, architecture, performance www.dsrny.com .  The work was commissioned by Fondation Cartier (France)  www.fondation.cartier.com .

 

Exhibition programme – Footprint Modulation

Venues, artists and artworks:

Climate refugeesORIENTAL MUSEUM  Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH  www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum
opening times: Mon – Fri 10am-5pm, Sat – Sun 12pm-5pm.

‘Climate Refugees’ by international photographer Shahidul Alam
Shahidul, also founder of Drik and director of Chobi Mela international festival, documents  some of the most vulnerable to climate change in Bangladesh, who often require relocation to areas of relative safety where they have even fewer rights than on their own land.

‘Resilience’ by Apu & Murad Chowdhury and co-produced by digital artist Maya Chowdhry
An artwork which responds to and integrates with the Climate Refugees photographs, driven by Apu’s background in theatre and interest in the strength of Bangladeshi people along with photographer and emerging artist Murad.

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Chamada From Chico MendesDURHAM ART GALLERY  Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TU  www.dlidurham.org.uk
opening times: Weds – Sun 10.30am-4.00pm

‘Chamada From Chico Mendes’ interactive installation art by Kooj Chuhan
Digital art meets Afro-Brazilian carnival inspired by global climate activism including environmentalist and trade unionist Chico Mendes.  Visitors can play objects like instruments and spark off visuals, documentary, poetry and music from guest artists, film-makers and activists.  Selected media from guest contributors will be watchable on extra screens in the exhibition.

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MINERS HALL  Redhills Lane, Durham DH1 4BD  www.durhamminers.org
opening times: Weds 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-5pm

the Remeber Saro-wiwa campaign by the Shell Building in connection with Anita Roddick memorial service.‘Refining Memory’ a Platform film created by Judy Price and Andrew Conio
In 2005, for the 10th anniversary of the executions of Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and his 8 colleagues, Platform commissioned a half-hour film on the devastating impacts of big oil in Nigeria, specially Shell. To commemorate 20 years after the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a film that honours his struggle to get justice for Ogoniland and Niger Delta communities impacted by Shell’s legacies of oil pollution, cut with interviews of artist Sokari Douglas Camp and Ogoni campaigner Celestine AkpoBari.
A series of shorter films by Platform and others are now also in the loop, updating the campaign for justice that still continues.

‘The Level’ by Mazaher, co-produced by Maya Chowdhry, created in partnership with the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition (UKCCMC)
Tracey Zengeni 'AFRICAN FRAGMENTS' at Durham Miners' HallCompelling digital video installation integrating narratives from Moving Stories by UKCCMC (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition), in which the water level gradually submerges the voices from the report.

‘African Fragments’ by Tracey Zengeni, co-produced by Maya Chowdhry, created in partnership with Nigel Hulett/Granadilla Films (Zimbabwe)
Combining painting with projected video and stop-motion spread across TV screens, this work reflects on human struggles against the depletion of water and livelihoods in Zimbabwe.

Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement

An exhibition of art and interventions exploring climate change, global justice and human displacement
first exhibited 5th June – 5th July 2015 across five venues in Durham, UK

FOOTPRINT MODULATION_e_1200x840A project which connects artists and cultural venues with researchers, activists, communities and documentary media to interrogate, expose, humanise and discuss a critical, compelling and increasingly urgent issue.  Migration is among the biggest consequences of climate change as people are forced to leave their homes and livelihoods to survive.  Footprint Modulation presents work by artists originally from parts of the world which are experiencing the worst effects of climate change and yet have contributed little to the greenhouse gases that cause it.

Artists explore ways of using digital tools as an intersection between their creative approach and documentary footage from the human experience of the issues.  Local activists and communities debate with artists and researchers to move forward from current practice, theory and mindsets. Critically, a parallel international conference ‘Human Migration and the Environment’ was integrated with the exhibition and events.  The project is an exceptional example of public engagement in a consciously de-institutionalised form and therefore downplayed in descriptive narratives and general communication.

FILM DOCUMENTARY: FOOTPRINT MODULATION (28 mins)

Above is a documentary film about the project during its first showing in Durham, UK.  There is also a sister documentary specifically about the conference ‘Human Migration and the Environment’, and a video of the discussion event ‘Linking climate change with migration’ with a leading discussion panel.  All three videos can be viewed from the VIDEOS PAGE.

We intend to expand the exhibition and present it in an evolving form in other locations – feel free to contact us if you might be interested, or follow us on our blog or on Facebook or Twitter for updates (links in the side column) for details when available .

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Crossing Footprints - Linking Climate Change with MigrationRECENT EVENT 7th March 2016, London UK:
Linking climate change with migration Film screening and panel discussion

Mon 7th March 2016, at 6.30pm King’s College, London

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FINAL PROJECT REPORT: DOWNLOAD (PDF file 8.5MB)

5th June – 5th July 2015 across five venues in Durham, UK
DURHAM ART GALLERY / ORIENTAL MUSEUM / MINERS HALL / EMPTY SHOP HQ / DURHAM UNIVERSITY
+ Special Events Weekend 27th-29th June

SHAHIDUL ALAM : PLATFORM (LONDON) : KOOJ CHUHAN : MAYA CHOWDHRY : MAZAHER : TRACEY ZENGENI : APU & MURAD CHOWDHURY : TRANSITION DURHAM : DILLER, SCOFIDIO + RENFRO : UK CLIMATE CHANGE & MIGRATION COALITION : MIKA LAIHO : SAI MURRAY & SELINA NWULU : DAVE DOUGLASS : NIGEL HULETT : JUDY PRICE & ANDREW CONIO : GEOGRAPHY@DURHAM UNI 

A Metaceptive project in partnership with the international conference ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics and Invention’ at Durham University 28th June – 1st July 2015  www.durhamconference.eu

detail of photo from 'Climate Refugees' by Shahidul Alam

detail of photo from ‘Climate Refugees’ by Shahidul Alam

Popular ideas of climate change rarely connect with migration even though migration is probably the largest human consequence of climate change.  The creative work presented here moves on from often didactic climate-art approaches from a decade ago without ducking strong critiques, and harnesses fresh perspectives from migrants and global voices.

Artists and activists at all levels from internationally acclaimed to local and emerging, and from countries including Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Iran, Brazil and Australia are involved.  Footprint Modulation culminates in a fantastic weekend of public performance, film screenings and discussions involving artists, activists, performers, community members and researchers, and which dovetails neatly into the final conference at Durham University.

www.footprintmodulation.net

Preview and launch event at Durham Art Gallery, Thurs 4th June 6pm – 8pm
on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1385392818458056/

Artistic director, curation and project management – Kooj (Kuljit Chuhan) of Metaceptive Projects and Media.
Collaborative research partner and conference chair – Dr Andrew Baldwin, Geography Dept, Durham University.
Artistic producer and transmedia consultant – Maya Chowdhry.

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PROJECT EVALUATION REPORT:

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