VCUarts — B.F.A. Alumna in New Zealand to Tackle Climate Change

Aug. 20, 2016

Sara Dean (B.F.A. ’01) and her colleague Beth Ferguson are traveling to New Zealand’s Otago Museum where they are taking a community approach to tackling issues resulting from climate change. Dean is an assistant professor in design at the California College of the Arts.

From the Otago Museum’s website:

Climate Kit, a project by international artists Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, will call the Otago Museum home for the next month. It has been produced in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington.

Climate Kit is a collection and exhibition of fieldwork methodology for the Anthropocene, with designers, artists, scientists, and citizens from around the world invited to submit a tool to add to it. These tools will be compiled into a series of Climate Kits exploring the changing relationship between design and climate. Together they will tell stories of working in changing environments, modes of practice, and measurements of change in the fields of climate science, urban design, product development, and everyday life.

The Otago Museum will host the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator workshop between 16–22 July – people interested in science, art and design are invited to participate. As a result of the workshop, Climate Kit will distribute four small grants to local teams for public projects incorporating urban, environmental and technological responses to climatic conditions in New Zealand.

Following the workshop, the finished projects will be included in a Museum exhibition which will open on Saturday 6 August.

Image: Still from Channel 39 Broadcast, Dean pictured right; full video below.