|Nigel Clark on Wed, 8 Jul 1998 05:00:38 +0100|
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Hello My name is Nigel Clark, Iâ??m putting together a website project on global climate change and interconnectivity - for which Iâ??m hoping to get contributions from as many people on (smaller) islands as possible. The people at ISEA HQ suggested you might be able to help circulate the proposal. Ive included ncluded a longer and shorter version - please feel free to further abbreviate any help much appreciated --nigel --------^---------------------------------------------^^----^^^^^^^----^----------- Shrinking Worlds is a website project which will assemble work by artists/writers from around the world who live on islands - to engage with the theme of global climate change. Using the Internet as a medium will draw attention to the parallel between two forms of connectivity: that of a complex communication system and an even more complex climatic system. The intention is to bring together the sort of visual images, icons, stories or narrative fragments that might help island peoples engage with the current global predicament. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 1998: For further information contact Nigel Clark <email@example.com> or The Physics Room at <firstname.lastname@example.org> --^-------------------------------------------^--^^---^^^^^--^------- Shrinking Worlds Islands and Global Climate Change: An Internet Arts Project call for contributions A huge question mark hangs over the world. Have we changed the planetâ??s weather systems? Do we face a future of global warming, of sea level changes, and an increase in cyclones and other weather extremes? This is of concern to everyone, but especially those who are surrounded by sea. How do people living on small islands and atolls feel about this strange new future - a future which they may have had little part in creating -- but must live with on a daily basis? Shrinking Worlds will use the Internet to bring together the thoughts, images and words of island peoples in a time of global uncertainty. To respond to climate change we must at the same time think about the ways in which we are interconnected - now and in the past. While global weather cycles and ocean currents draw the world into a single integrated system, electronic communication offers another mode of global interconnectedness - with the potential to overcome the isolation that may be a part of island life in the modern world. We are calling for contributions from artists and writers who live on islands around the world: works which say something about issues of climate change - and the changing forms of interconnectivity in todayâ??s world - and what this might mean to island people. The work will be displayed on the Shrinking Worlds website. The work featured need not engage directly or explicitly with the issues in question - it may approach them from any angle. Neither do the works have to be complete and stand-alone. Just as ecological systems bring many small elements into a larger whole, so too do communication networks enable fragments and strands to meet and fuse into new forms. New works are welcome - but so too can existing pieces or sections of other works be put to new uses. Alongside visual arts, we are interested in poetry, song, prose and sound pieces. We are hoping to provide a site where diverse works enter into new conversations and exchanges. Shrinking Worlds is being curated by Nigel Clark and administered by the Physics Room. We are relying on the circulation and display of this message to reach people in places often bypassed by mainstream cultural flows and exchanges, so please forward it to people or groups who may be interested. For further information contact Nigel Clark: 21 King Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, telephone: 64 9 378 4108, < email@example.com> The deadline for submissions is August 31, 1998. Nigel Clark is a sociologist who also works in the arts. He lectures at the University of Auckland. The Physics Room <http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/> is a non-profit organization based in Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand which promotes links between the arts and other critical areas of cultural production. It receives major funding from Creative New Zealand.