Visualizing Climate Change. How 2050 will look like? (Geneva - French)

art-werk, 21 av. du Bouchet, 1209 Genève

The goal of the workshop is to speculate on common futures and to develop a shared communication strategy between directing, photography and sharing on social networks.

How is it that a virus is capable of grounding airplanes, paralyzing cruises, but that politicians, faced with climate change, are unable to act to protect the planet? Perhaps some people still remember previous pandemics, the effect that the Spanish flu had on the generation of our grandparents and great-grandparents? As for global warming and its effects, they are not of the past but of the present, near and far future, and communication places more emphasis on figures and scenarios than on real-life experience of what is coming. If we could transform the impressive number of figures related to climate change, the multitude of scenarios and forecasts into tangible experience, could we visualize these effects and have an impact on the transformation of our behavior and our motivation to pass new laws? A lot of data is collected and compiled, allowing the construction of models of future climate evolution and the consequences that global warming will have on biodiversity, on humans and on migration. Instead of abstract figures, while following scientific precision, how can we speculate and represent what our world could be in 2050?

Artistic thinking is a contemplative and experimental form of design thinking; a creative process that leads to the development and communication of an idea developed by the participants during the workshop. Art can be seen as the expression of the association of a content with a sensitive form and vector of communication. From Olafur Eliasson to Jennifer Tee, many artists have addressed the subject of climate change and future perspectives for humans. By critically exploring works of art related to climate change, we will begin to explore artistic and creative strategies that can help us imagine, represent and disseminate possible futures. Accompanied by a scientist, an artist and coaches the participants will experiment the method of artistic thinking and participate in the realization of a common work aiming to be shared massively on social networks.

audience and hard facts

  • Young people between 19-26 years old, particularly students in international relations, law and art.
  • The workshop is entirely free and requires prior registration by writing to contact@art-werk.ch . Please send with your CV and a brief description of your motivations.