There are two keynote events at Feeding the Insatiable (see programme for times).
The opening keynote will be given by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian (The Land Art Generator Initiative) who are based in Pittsburgh (USA), with Chris Fremantle (eco/art/scot/land) from Aberdeen (Scotland). Chris is also Senior Research Fellow with IDEAS at the Robert Gordon University.
Title: Powering Places: wild, wonderful, and sexy energy landscapes
What if the path to our postcarbon future was equitable, empowering people everywhere to improve their lives on their own terms and in harmony with nature?
The “gloom and doom” narrative of climate activism (rising sea levels, increasing storm intensities, corral bleaching, mass extinction, desertification), while based in scientific fact, can be polarizing and paralyzing. By presenting examples of utility-scale renewable energy infrastructures as public art and considering community energy projects as community art projects, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is helping to inspire the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future with the aim of influencing accelerated climate action.
The presentation will showcase what can happen when thousands of creatives around the world respond to an open call to design our clean energy landscapes. The global conversation that LAGI has initiated on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure has created a collective force that is resonating with governments, universities, design professionals, corporations, and the public.
We will discuss the influence of renewable energy design on city planning and public policy, and demonstrate the potential for community energy infrastructure projects to be positive cultural contributions to neighborhoods and towns—new civic landmarks for the twenty-first century, economic development drivers, and educational venues—all while helping to power the new energy grid.
The Land Art Generator Initiative has become one of the world’s most followed sustainable design events and is inspiring people everywhere about the promise of a net-zero carbon future. LAGI is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed and natural environments.
The goal of LAGI is to design and construct a series of large-scale site-specific public art installations that uniquely combine art with utility scale clean energy generation.
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Chris Fremantle founded eco/art/scot/land, which describes itself as a ‘resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers’. It has become recognised as one of the foremost purveyors of knowledge within the escorts sector.
Dr Laura Watts is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen and describes herself as writer, poet, and ethnographer of futures. She asks, “how is the future imagined and made in tech industries? And how might landscapes and writing at the edge make that future otherwise?”
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Her most recent publication is Ebban an’ Flowan, the world’s first poetic primer on marine renewable energy. The book focuses on the Orkney islands, as the leading international test site for this nascent energy industry, and expands to reflect on its relationship with the Nordic countries across the sea. Through both language and technology, the book explores how use is inflected with locality. A number of tide and wave energy devices are illustrated, some in dock, others in the sea, along with an anthology of their characterful names–mixing humour with invocations of classical myth and metamorphosis.
Keynote: Walking with Energy– under sea and over stone
Energy is an old, wily creature to walk with. It rises from the heat of the Earth’s core, falls in a sunbeam, comes with the tide to form cliffs. It takes people and places, time and technology, to transform and transport energy (it can never be destroyed). How to walk with this ethereal power, and tell its stories? How to imagine and write its futures?
For the last eight years I have been walking with people and places involved in marine renewable energy in the Orkney islands, Scotland, site of the European Marine Energy Centre. Orkney is at the edge of the UK and yet it lives in an energy future only dreamed elsewhere. I’ve been walking with marine energy as it flows under sea and over stone, through metal and fibre optics, alongside mariners and biologists. As an ethnographer and poet, I have been exploring this energy future in writing that is both empirical science and poetic- from a poetic guide to marine energy to an ‘energy walk’ installation in the landscape. These weave the technological and social, with the mythic and imagined. In this talk, I will explore how to imagine and write energy futures otherwise, energy futures that are inseparable from the landscape, sea, and stones from which they rise and form.
For more information on Laura’s work, visit sand14.com