Art for Change: Ballroom Marfa’s Carbon 13

Art & Design

Wham bam! How about a Texas-based art show that aims to create a little dialogue about something that affects us all, the environment? The 2012 Marfa Dialogues are kicking off on Friday, August 31 with the opening of Carbon 13, Ballroom Marfa’s fall 2012 exhibition that will see newly commissioned works by artists that propose a creative response to climate change. Curated by David Buckland, Founder and Director of Cape Farewell, Carbon 13 features eight international artists who have ventured alongside scientists to some of the world’s geographic tipping points. The sort of places that have been really affected by global warming. In doing so, the artists behind this exhibit are hoping to stimulate a wider engagement with the climate debate.

“Carbon 13 presents newly commissioned work by eight international artists who have focused the lens of their creativity to interrogate the reality of climate change. These new and daring works demonstrate that one salient image can speak louder than volumes of scientific data and capture the public¹s imagination with an immediate and resonate voice. In conjunction with the opening of Carbon 13, Ballroom Marfa and the Washington Spectator are proud to present the second bi-annual Marfa Dialogues, a three-day symposium that includes conversations around climate change and sustainability with artists, performers, writers, scientists and entrepreneurs. Participants include: Hamilton Fish, Cynthia Hopkins, Diana Liverman, John Nielsen-Gammon, Michael Pollan, Robert Potts, Tom Rand and Rebecca Solnit.”

31 August 2012­17 February 2013
Opening: 31 August, 6­8pm
Ballroom Marfa
108 East San Antonio Street
Marfa, Texas 79843

Images: Antony Gormley, Amy Balkin
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