Ingeborg Reichle talks at the symposium Art-based research in times of climate change at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Los Angeles

On April 4, 2019 Ingeborg Reichle will give a talk on art and disruption in the Age of Climate Change at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) in Los Angeles. The symposium, exhibition and accompanying events aim to envision a future in which arts and design are understood to be central to the success of every complex problem. Focus in the program will be to highlight the importance of art research and education, particularly in times of climate change and social unrest. It is through the arts that the scope of human experience in creativity, innovation, empathy, culture, and knowledge is learned, expressed, and distributed, both for the common good and the development of the individual. By highlighting collaborative research between artists and humanists, scientists and other researchers and scholars, the symposium will attempt to demonstrate the important role of art research in academia at this important juncture.

The symposium will also address some of the thorny issues that arise when faculty work across traditional modes of scholarship and chart new territory in their practice. Even in universities where there is enthusiasm about interdisciplinary research, many faculty who bridge different fields find that promotion policies do not always value some of the most innovative aspects of their work. How does this influence curricular decisions and what are the implications for the students, faculty and the community, and what are the implications in time of climate change and social unrest?

At the invitation of Dr. Gerald Bast, the Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the UCLA Art Sci center is helping coordinate the traveling exhibition that is addressing art & research and will be presenting it at the Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX) gallery at the Bergamot station in Santa Monica. With interdisciplinary collaborations that span beyond the artistic disciplines, crossing boundaries into the humanities and the sciences, the role of the artist as a catalyst becomes a critical issue to consider. This is particularly true for research universities where traditionally the arts have not been given the same importance or weight as other disciplines.

International symposium, April 4th
(South campus, CNSI auditorium, Art Sci gallery)
Art School symposium, April 5th
(North campus, Broad Arts)

Exhibition, April 6th
Building Bridges Art Exchange gallery
Bergamot station
Santa Monica