David Buckland, Director of Cape Farewell (CCW Graduate School partner), will be speaking at More Than Double Glazing, an inspiring international symposium about the innovative opportunities and chances that come with sustainable conduct in the arts at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, 11 December.
In 2001 Buckland founded Cape Farewell, focusing on the notion that art can interrogate the future with some semblance of rigour. This has been analysed and researched and become instrumental in facing the challenge of climate change. He has co-curated a number of major climate art exhibitions: Art and Climate Change for the National History Museum, London 2006; Earth for the Royal Society of Arts; U-n-f-o-l-d which has toured worldwide; Carbon 12 for the EDF Foundation Gallery, Paris 2012; Carbon 13 for the Ballroom, Texas 2013; the Carbon 14 exhibition and festival, Toronto 2013/14. Buckland is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Getty Collection in Los Angeles and the Michael Wilson Collection amongst others. Five books of his photographs have been published, including works on the Trojan Wars and The Last Judgment featuring the sculptures of Sir Anthony Caro, and two monographs of his own work. He has designed over 20 stage sets, as well as costumes, for Siobhan Davies Dance, the Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Second Stride and Compagnie Cré-Ange.
At the symposium speakers and founders of renowned institutes such as Julie’s Bicycle (Alison Tickell) and Cape Farewell will deal with the issue of how the art world can contribute in its own way to a more ecological world. The remarkable projects that these institutes have set up, their policies and the examples they have set across the globe will be discussed in great detail. Ian Rimington of Arts Council England will show how a sustainable attitude has led the institute to apply stimuli and encourage applicants to endorse the policy of sustainability. Artists Arne Hendriks, Yeb Wiersma and Miek Zwamborn will talk about their practices and the role that sustainability plays in them. Guy Gypens of the Kaaitheater in Brussels and coordinator of Imagine 2020 will explain the innovative power of durability in the theatre and its productions. Harmen van der Hoek will expound on the prominence of durability in the programme of Leeuwarden Cultural Capital 2018. The moderator is Tracy Metz.
The symposium is organised by the Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht and takes place as part of The New Material Award exhibition and prize at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.