Who do you talk to about your Earth issues?
Converse with a chimpanzee about habitat problems, or discuss overfishing with a whale. These are just two possible encounters in EcoScope, which will be part of the Eco-Media exhibition in Germany beginning October 11th, 2007. Produced by the international art collective Transnational Temps, this online forum also offers tools for sending quirky postcards to friends, either electronically or through your printer. You're invited to come join the conversation. There's content in EcoScope before you arrive, but half the fun is what you bring to it.
Ultimately the sustainability of the environment is not someone else's problem, it is a theme that can be overwhelming if it is not offset by humor, inspiration, curiosity, and hope. It's not easy to open public dialogue about such matters. But it may help to begin somewhere.
Peer into the EcoScope!
It stands to reason that solutions to the various contemporary ecological challenges are more likely to emerge when the public is both well informed and practiced in articulating ideas about the environment. So EcoScope is designed to combine information with discussion. Its structure indicates the importance of participation in any meaningful solutions that can be imagined.
EARTH ART FOR THE 21st CENTURY
While most cultural and media institutions continue to neglect the deterioration of the environment, Transnational Temps has resisted this flight from ecology and reaffirmed the ground-breaking work of the 1970s. Like Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, which disappeared beneath the surface of the Great Salt Lake for thirty years, Earth Art has re-emerged in the new millennium.
Since its formation in 2001, Transnational Temps has developed diverse media art relating to the environment, extinction, public awareness, and the limits of technological progress. Members of Transnational Temps are artists without borders, culture workers dedicated to imagining new maps and finding alternative routes to the future.