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How Do We Get People to Care?

Part of Festival Albertine 2019

Literature, music, drama—these are key resources for societies trying to come to grips with new realities. In recent years we’ve seen them begin to grapple with climate change, but that engagement must now grow. The arts have traditionally engaged with what seemed the most dramatic questions: the struggles of one set of human beings with another. That struggle is still underway, of course, but now we’ve added something different: the terrifying drama of people with a suddenly angry natural world. How does this new moment redefine what we think about when we take up brush or pen, camera or keyboard? What is the work of a poet in a world on fire, or an orchestra in a city where the seas are rising? We have enough examples now that we’ve begun to see what this work can look like: in literature, for instance, “Cli Fi” has emerged as a genre of its own, with remarkable storytellers. Can they be connected with the scientists, activists, and engineers to help societies change with the speed required? Is ‘fine art’ on these topics useful, or do we need artists deeply engaged with the social movements now rising? These are questions that suddenly come with high stakes.  

With Irina Brook, Fabrice Hyber, and Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. Moderated by Bill McKibben. 

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Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. 

Irina Brook a French and British stage actress, director, and producer. She has directed the Théâtre du Soleil and was appointed Artistic Director of the Théâtre National of Nice in 2014. Brook has produced many plays committed to human rights and environmental causes. In 2015, she created Wake Up!, a festival based on the COP21. She also organized an innovative, day-long marathon (My Body, My Planet) that gave center stage to local players in renewable energy. She is a signatory of “L’Affaire du siècle,” an action in favor of the fight against global warming.

Fabrice Hyber is a French artist moving between paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos. He works by accumulation, proliferation, or hybridization. In 1994, he created UR (Unlimited Responsibility), an organization building links between artists and the industrial sector. In 2000, he created the web-based Arc de Triomphe, a physical metaphor of a portal of knowledge on the internet: a hundred or so trees encircling the Arc come to complete this idea of ​​representations of knowledge with multiple ramifications. He has published a political manifesto for trees.

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller’s work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Miami/Art Basel fair. He has collaborated with a vast array of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D; Steve Reich to Yoko Ono. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of the The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award. Latest album releases include Phantom Dancehall and the blockchain The Invisible Hand.

This event is part of Festival Albertine 2019, curated by Bill McKibben. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Festival Albertine is presented in partnership with The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, the family of Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Institut français, Chantecaille, Green Mountain Energy, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Generous support is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Champagne Pommery, InterContinental New York Barclay, and Simply Gourmand, Sud de France, and Gérard Bertrand. 

Media Partner: New York Review of Books