Theme ECOLOGY Definition: The relationship between organisms and their environment, ecology is also concerned with the relationship between people and nature.
Man vs. Nature
What are the most pressing environmental issues that society faces today?
What role can artists play in addressing these issues?
In the news currently….
Typical view of 401 near Toronto
A typical day in Beijing
Today the gap between rich and poor widens
How do humans affect other species on Earth?
What countries consume more?
What is your Ecological Footprint?
Mrs. Fernetich’s footprint
If everyone on the Earth had the same Ecological footprint as me we would need…7.5 Earth’s to sustain us.
What does it mean the planet?
What does it mean to Animals?
How can we adapt and respond (artistically) to things happening during our lifetime?
Artists from the past…
Artists from today
This work represents the 420,000 cell phones discarded every day in the United States
Chris Jordan, the celebrated artist that creates large-scale portraits of America using various consumer goods has released two new works for 2008. The two new representations of American waste are “Plastic Cups” and “Barbie Dolls”. “Plastic Cups” is 60×90″ and depicts one million plastic cups (the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours).
“ Barbie Dolls” is 60×80″ and depicts 32,000 Barbies (equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006).
Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, b. 1955). Nickel Tailings, #34, Sudbury, Ontario (left panel), 1996. Dye-coupler print. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
How is our understanding of the natural world deeply cultural?
This DVD features artists who look at the use of wilderness by civilization, the impact of technology on biology and society, and mankind’s relationship to the earth.
As you watch…
How does each artist in this hour explore human relationships to the environment?
What are some of the different ways they describe or create environments?