The symposium (images here) considered today’s uses and abuses of the ‘eco-’, notions of artistic agency and critical practice, as well as the role of the public realm in today’s artistic and institutional practices. How has it become fashionable (or profitable) to be seen to be eco? How has what we mean by ecology been transformed and evolved through the uses of terms such as ‘environmental’, ‘green’, ‘ethical living’, and so on?; How do some artists desire palliative results, while others offer strategies of friction or resistance? How far are the sources of materials a consideration for artists, designers and architects? And how does this relate to wider questions of resources—water, energy, oil in the Emirate and beyond?
The symposium included focused presentations by keynote speakers such as Bruce Sterling (read his paper here), critical panels with participating artists Sergio Vega or Peter Fend as well as Van Abbemuseum director Charles Esche, or Smart Museum's Curator of Contemporary ArtStephanie Smith as well as breakout seminars with participating artists Tomás SaracenoandMichael Rakowitz.
You can download the symposium programme, exhibition guide and view press-related materials in this archive. 'Sharjah Biennial 8. Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change (Part II)' 568 pages, 233 x 165 mm, softcover 350g. Art Matt Card Paper: 80g. offset wood free and 135 g. Art Matt Publisher: Sharjah Biennial, www.sharjahbiennial.org ISBN 978-9948-04-328-6 Part II