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A discussion about sustainable energy and public art with Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator and artist Allan Giddy.

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A discussion about sustainable energy and public art with Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator and artist Allan Giddy. Moderated by Alex Nathanson.

This event is part of a series of events celebrating the release of Alex Nathanson's book A History of Solar Power Art and Design.

https://www.routledge.com/A-History-of-Solar-Power-Art-and-Design/Nathanson/p/book/9780367465681

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Allan Giddy https://allangiddy.org/

New Zealand born Sydney-based public artist Allan Giddy is a pioneer in the use of sustainable energy systems and light in ‘time-based sculpture’, and is the founding director of the Environmental Research Institute for Art (ERIA) at the University of New South Wales. His work has been shown at the Tate Modern, in ISEA and TISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Art), and numerous other venues internationally, and is in collections, both public and private.

Over the last two decades decade Allan has expanded his practice into the public domain, specifically public sited ‘active sculpture’, and has completed a number of large public commissions, in Australia (including permanent works for City of Sydney and Sydney Olympic Park Authority), China, Ireland, Germany, the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Allan has also conceived and curated numerous high-profile public exhibitions involving energy including, La Lune: Energy Producing Art (2014), which was runner-up in two categories of the Australian Event Awards that year (Best New Event and Best Achievement in Sustainability), and NOX Night Sculpture (2019-17-15), which won a Highly Commended award in the Creative Communities category of the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator https://landartgenerator.org/

Robert Ferry, Founding Director, LAGI Robert Ferry is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with more than two decades of professional practice experience working from both consultant and client sides. He has designed and contributed to the sustainable development of dozens of residential and commercial projects around the world. Through the Land Art Generator, he helps to support the critical role of architecture and urban design as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change, advancing the idea that every new building and landscape should seek not only to be net-zero, but also seek to contribute to the regenerative infrastructure of its surrounding environment. Robert is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Director, LAGI

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change. Under her leadership, LAGI has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) works with communities around the world to design installations that actively support climate solutions by integrating sustainable infrastructure as the medium for creative and cultural expression. Through open design competitions for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York City, Copenhagen, Santa Monica, Melbourne, and Nevada, LAGI has inspired thousands of designs from around the world. Participatory design projects include Land Art Generator Solar Mural artworks in San Antonio, co-designing culturally relevant clean energy solutions with Maasai women in Olorgesailie Kenya, working with West Virginia coal miners on destination energy landscapes, and more. LAGI publications include The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City (Page One Publishing), Regenerative Infrastructures (Prestel Publishing), New Energies (Prestel Publishing), Powering Places (Prestel Publishing), Energy Overlays (Hirmer Publishing), Return to the Source (Prestel Publishing), Land Art of the 21st Century (Hirmer Publishing) and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies. Awards include Premio Brote Artístico, the Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment, and the JM Kaplan Innovation Prize. The work of the Land Art Generator Initiative is collected by the archives at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment. Partners and supporters include Masdar Abu Dhabi, City of New York, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Copenhagen, European Union Commission on Climate Action, City of Santa Monica, J.M. Kaplan Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Capital Region of Denmark, Danish Design Centre, US Green Building Council, the City of Glasgow, the State of Victoria (Australia), Carbon Arts, Creative Carbon Scotland, Climarte, Burning Man Project, Arizona State University, and more.

Alex Nathanson https://www.solarpowerforartists.com

Alex Nathanson is a multimedia artist, designer, technologist, and educator. His artwork has been featured at venues throughout the world. He has been awarded residencies at Flux Factory, The Watermill Center, and Eyebeam. As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to graduate students and working professionals, teaching engineering skills through creative projects. He has a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and is a certified NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate. Most recently, his book A History of Solar Power Art and Design was published by Routledge.

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