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Justice and Reverence: Towards a Critical Language of Eco Art

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Art has always been strongly connected to the social context in which it is produced. Artists are responders, mediators, and most importantly, world-shapers, who have the unique ability to reveal and challenge social paradigms and to respond to cultural challenges in new and profound ways.

This presentation will discuss contemporary art that pits human expression against the global environmental crisis through an array of particular strategies, motivations, and methodologies. I will frame this art form, ecological art, or eco art for short, through reverence and justice, illuminating its significance to both the arts and the quest for sustainability. I will also briefly introduce a critical strategy that views contemporary art and visual culture at large through an ecocritical lens.

Eco-Art is founded upon the principle that art can be a powerful moral, social, and political motivator capable of revealing and dismantling cultural barriers and constructing ethical value systems based on compassion for all life.

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Justice and Reverence: Towards a Critical Language of Eco Art

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Art has always been strongly connected to the social context in which it is produced. Artists are responders, mediators, and most importantly, world-shapers, who have the unique ability to reveal and challenge social paradigms and to respond to cultural challenges in new and profound ways.

This presentation will discuss contemporary art that pits human expression against the global environmental crisis through an array of particular strategies, motivations, and methodologies. I will frame this art form, ecological art, or eco art for short, through reverence and justice, illuminating its significance to both the arts and the quest for sustainability. I will also briefly introduce a critical strategy that views contemporary art and visual culture at large through an ecocritical lens.

Eco-Art is founded upon the principle that art can be a powerful moral, social, and political motivator capable of revealing and dismantling cultural barriers and constructing ethical value systems based on compassion for all life.