Culture Declares Emergency is the all too necessary response by the UK and international arts communities to the escalating climate and ecological crisis. Two remarkable artists central to this growing movement will be in conversation about how their practices can both inform and inspire collective creative and transformational action. Along with Heather Ackroyd, Dan Harvey has worked for decades directly with natural world processes to create outstanding and resonant works that question our relationship with the landscape around us, while musician, composer and sound artist Mira Calix, acclaimed across media, created the launch music for CDE and is developing a new sound work engaging with protest and activism.
Dan Harvey (b. 1959 England) and collaborator Heather Ackroyd are internationally acclaimed for creating multi-disciplinary works that intersect art, activism, architecture, biology, ecology and history
Referencing memory and time, nature and culture, urban political ecologies, climate breakdown and degradation of the living planet, their time-based practice reveals an intrinsic bias towards process and event. Processes of germination, growth and decay (organic and inorganic), erosion and deposition, feature in artworks that often evolve through extended research in response to people and place, interfacing their profound interest in local ecologies and planetary concerns with socio-political paradigms.
Equally renowned for their monumental architectural interventions, commissions include the ARoS Triennial, Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark; Royal National Theatre, London; Dilston Grove, London, UK; 9th Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga, Latvia; Wellington Festival of Arts, New Zealand; Theaterhaus Gessneralle, Zurich, Switzerland. and they have been recipients of major public art awards including a commission for the inauguration of the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge 2016, History Trees a major public art commission for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London and Beuys’ Acornsis an ongoing research work initiated by the artists in 2007 where they germinated and grew hundreds of oak trees from acorns collected from Joseph Beuys’s seminal artwork “7000 Oaks”.
Mira Calix is an award-winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound, which she considers a sculptural material, are at the centre of her practice. Her work explores the manipulation of the material into visible, physical forms through multi-disciplinary installations, sculpture, video and performance works. Calix’s practice is deliberately disjunctive, allowing research, site, and subject to influence a fluid choice of materials and mediums.
Calix has been commissioned by and exhibited and performed works in many leading cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles internationally, most recently the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, the 1stCoventry Biennial, The Royal Shakespeare Company, UK in China 2015 cultural exchange program, Carriageworks, MONA, Performa, the Barbican, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, Manchester International festival and the London Olympics among others.