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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FootprintModulation-CrossingFootprints Final Report

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.

Footprint Modulation - Logos for funders, partners and collaborators

4 Responses to Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement

  1. maureen stirpe says:

    Dear Maya,
    thank you , It was lovely talking with you, and I hope the filming went well.
    I will subscribe to the site and follow what you are all doing.

    Thank you again, take care, lots of love and big hugs.
    Maureen x

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