UCA Farnham host Facing Extinction - The Conference

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The School of Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham are to collaborate with artist Gustav Metzger, known for his radical approach to political and ecological issues, to host ‘Facing Extinction - The Conference’.

UCA Farnham host Facing Extinction -The Conference
June 7-8 2014
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Campus

The School of Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham are to collaborate with artist Gustav Metzger, known for his radical approach to political and ecological issues, to host ‘Facing Extinction - The Conference’.

Following on from his thought provoking exhibition Facing Extinction at the James Hockey Gallery in March, the conference will include a series of engaging presentations and performances by artists, scientists, ecologists and specialist academics.

Tackling ideas of immediate and long-term action against mass extinction, the conference will pose the question: "how can we radically limit the on-going decimation of nature?". With a broad range of distinguished speakers and activists from the fields of science and art, the conference presents a unique chance to listen to and lend your voice in this vital discussion. What is the scale and scope of the problems we currently face? How can we articulate and shape a programme of action?

The conference is split into themes over two days: Saturday will be ‘Technology and Resources’ and ‘Global Systems: Food and Water’ and Sunday will look at ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Biodiversity’.

The contributors’ include, Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono, Polly Higgins, Prof. Peter Head, Michael Pawlyn, Assemble, Ackroyd & Harvey, Cape Farewell, Dr. Joe Ravetz, Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, Charlotte Couch, London Fieldworks (Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist), Dr. John Fanshawe, Dr. Daro Montag, Prof. Martin Charter and Maria Jose Arceo.

An exciting program of performances are scheduled for Saturday evening from 6-8pm, including Kennardphillipps (Peter Kennard & Cat Phillipps), Simon Watt, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Ellie Harrison and Carl Gent. There will also be a range of other events during the weekend, including two short artist films by Magnus Irvin and Sarah Jacobs, plus Café of Equivalent$, an interactive artwork by Kennardphillipps and student interventions and performances.

The conference is convened by Rose Lejeune & Andrea Gregson, in collaboration with Gustav Metzger. It has been supported by UCA’s Research and Enterprise Department.

“The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against the on-going erasure of species - even where there is little chance of ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but follow the path of ethics into aesthetics.” - Gustav Metzger

Tickets for one or both days are on sale now via the website below or directly through UCA online store at: http://store.ucreative.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=25&catid=81&prodvarid=54.

Notes to the Editor: For images and more information on the exhibition please contact: Tim Pilgrim, UCA Press Officer (Tel: 01252 892939).

For conference updates, programme, information & tickets visit: http://www.gustavmetzgerucafarnham.wordpress.com.

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