Tipping Points: Thinking practically about sustainable futures in art

Lauren Moffatt, Jemma Woolmore, Theresa Schubert, Darsha Hewitt

These four artists work with ecology and technology in diverse ways. During a collaboratively moderated discussion they will discuss their respective strategies for reducing their carbon footprint in the face of the climate crisis - for instance choice of materials and means of travel - whilst walking the line of making a living from their work.

In a collaboratively moderated discussion, speakers will draw on their artistic research that centers around technology and its ecological entanglements. Each artist will briefly present their artistic positions then speak about how they critically address these themes using their chosen media, and how they each practically tackle the question of reducing their carbon footprint in their work. The artists in the panel are:  

Theresa Schubert works with an aesthetic between alchemy and futurism, to question anthropocentrism and its limits. She creates techno-organic installations but also argues for animal ethics, transspecies encounters and climate awareness. 

Working with immersive environments and experimental narratives, Lauren Moffatt’s hybrid and iterative works explore the paradoxical subjectivity of connected bodies and the indistinct boundaries between digital and organic life.

Jemma Woolmore’s current project Poetically Based Rendering proposes multimedia eco-fictions to imagine ways of acknowledging and being with natural and artificial ecosystems. Using processes that move fluently across dimensions and methods - the physical and the virtual, the analog and the digital, the project proposes fictions to engage with reality.

Taking a media archeological approach, Darsha Hewitt’s current audiocentric work  High Fidelity Wasteland critiques the ecological dimensions of music and sound reproduction technology and experiments with material waste from generations of decomposing sound reproduction technology.