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Radical Ecology: Media Art and the Environment

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As London’s foremost forum for pioneering media arts, we present Radical Ecology, an online event in collaboration with National Gallery x

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Aphra Shemza | Ben Eaton (Invisible Flock) | Sarah Craske | Frances Disley

“Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Sir David Attenborough, A Life on Our Planet, 2020.

In the aftermath of the COP26 climate summit and the global demonstrations that call for immediate action to prevent catastrophic global warming, Radical Ecology looks to art as a forum where future possibilities can be imagined and provides a discursive setting to explore these subjects in a media art context.

If we think of art as a tool with which artists are able to raise questions about our human existence, the lives we lead and the society we inhabit, then media artists are right at the forefront of this discourse. They work with technology and innovation, looking towards the future and are forced into a dialogue with our throw-away consumer culture as part of their process.

Using the National Gallery’s collection as a starting point, we will investigate the environment and landscape as a source of artistic inspiration and contemplation. Radical Ecology invites Ben Eaton, Sarah Craske and Frances Disley to explore climate change, ecology, sustainable practice and conservation within relation to their work.

Image: Aphra Shemza, Current Climate, 2019.

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​FLUX is a forum hosted by artists to discuss strategies, processes and collective themes within the media arts. FLUX is a fluid platform committed to the ever-changing needs of media artists working right NOW in the UK and will remain in a dynamic state of change in order to facilitate them.

Currently FLUX hosts two different events which are a response to the needs of our associated artists. We hold quarterly talks events which are curated by one of the hosts and facilitate the exchange of ideas, as media artists come together to profile their work. Hosted at the Dalston Boys Club these larger events offer a space for the exchange of creativity, inspiration and support. Between these larger events smaller groups meet monthly at special artist studio visits which are social events for artists to meet and talk creatively about their ideas and projects. 

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