Future Climates: Lise Autogena & Maja and Reuben Fowkes


Newcastle University

For the second event in the new series ‘Future Climates: Artists and Curators respond to the Climate Crisis’, artist Lise Autogena and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes talk to Chris McCormack (Art Monthly).

Future Climates: Artists and Curators respond to the Climate Crisis is a new series of talks developed by Art Monthly and the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University. The series brings together international artists, curators, writers to reflect on how cultural practices can respond to the climate crisis and its complex socio-economic, political and historical entanglements with a specific focus on practices and thinking that go beyond aesthetics to set about making a difference in real life.

Introduced by Chris McCormack (Art Monthly) and Uta Kögelsberger (Newcastle University); chaired by Chris McCormack.

Lise Autogena is a Danish artist and professor. Since the early 1990s, her collaborations with Joshua Portway have explored impacts of the economic, geographic, technological, and societal systems we have created. Projects include, for example, Most Blue Skies, which uses real-time changes in the atmosphere to visualise and locate the bluest sky in the world and Black Shoals; Dark Matter, visualising the world’s financial markets as a night sky of constellations. Recent work has documented the question of uranium mining in Greenland and in 2020, Autogena established the non-profit organisation Narsaq International Research Station (NIRS), which hosts scientific and cultural research projects in South Greenland. Her projects have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including Tate Britain and the Gwangju Biennial, amongst many others. 

Maja and Reuben Fowkes are art historians, curators, and directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. Their publications include Art and Climate Change (Thames & Hudson, 2022), Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar (Sternberg Press, 2021) and Maja’s The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism (CEU Press, 2015). Recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Colliding Epistemes at Bozar Brussels (2022) and Potential Agrarianism at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2021). Their Horizon Europe research project into the Socialist Anthropocene in the Visual Arts (SAVA) is supported by UKRI and they are co-founders of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art.

Chris McCormack is a writer and associate editor of Art Monthly. He has devised and participated in numerous talks and events, including for Newcastle University as co-devisor of ‘The Producers’ and the Paul Mellon Centre in London. He is the editor of Charlie Prodger’s monograph (Konig), commissioning editor of ON&BY Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel), project editor of Talking Art 2 (Ridinghouse) and has written extensively on art, and contributed numerous essays for catalogues including James Richards’ Requests and Antisongs, Queer Spaces (RIBA) and the MIT/Whitechapel anthology Moving Image. He has also collaborated with artists including Hilary Lloyd, Oreet Ashery, Ursula Mayer and Jade Montserrat.

Fine Art Lecture Theatre King Edward VII Building 49 King's Rd Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

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30 April 2024

  • Tue 5pm
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