September 20, 2019 at 8:00pm 3 hrs 59 mins
Copper Plate Press 160 E 200 S Ste B, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, United States
Art Against Doom 2019 [email protected]
If you would like to submit your artwork, fill out this Google form: https://forms.gle/9GVZZgRg4t6KYg7r9 Alternatively, you can download this Word doc, fill it out, and email us at [email protected]: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NyDZi_-BnuSu7Lq5vN23wIbVCOZgjexs For decades, human civilization as we know has been in the midst a planetary climate crisis that will cause an unfathomable ecological collapse. Collectively, we are facing the pending consequences of environmental degradation, fossil-fuel use, the depletion of finite natural resources, the loss of biodiversity, and the divvying up of public and tribal lands to private corporations. However, the problems we also face are also ideological and psychological. Scientists, politicians, and activists alike have informed the public about the immanence of the climate crisis and the horrors unfolding. While there is a growing response to this crisis, cynicism and denialism inhibit the solutions. The cynics recognize the crisis, but they cannot think of how to resist it. Meanwhile, denialists reject the existence of climate change and refuse to hold human beings culpable. There are also people who insidiously deny that climate change is a systemic failure and assume that business-as-usual politics that produces and exacerbates the crisis will pragmatically solve it. These attitudes reflect an overarching nihilism that dissuades necessary systemic solutions. We believe that art is an invaluable tool for human beings to invoke the sense of emergency desperately needed to confront the climate crisis. Art inspires observers to think differently about themselves and the world around them. Not only does art provide new feelings, meanings, and interpretations of the natural and human worlds alike, but they also can spark personal and collective action. Whether through images, sounds, words, or performances, art interacts with the audience’s expectations and beliefs. Art, when it succeeds, facilitates dialogue, both between the artwork and its observers but also amongst the audience members themselves. For this, we wish to diligently utilize art as a medium to stimulate new imaginations that can overcome the climate crisis. We are calling for passionate members of the Salt Lake community to submit works of art to address the climate crisis as it is and how it will be. Furthermore, we encourage art pieces that can explicate a postcrisis world. We want to motivate all artists to submit works that not only highlight what the (post-)crisis could be but also can answer questions about the future and whether we can achieve a better world. We call for submissions of all kinds of art: we will accept performative, audio, visual, poetic, spoken, and literary works for the exhibit. We ask all interested people to submit creative pieces of any kind that confront the climate crisis, whether fine or vulgar, symbolic or figurative, or subtle or direct. If you have any questions, reach out to us on Facebook, post on our event page, or email us at [email protected]
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