Visualizing the Environmental Emergency: Towards Trans-Disciplinarity

Virtual event


May 26, 2022
10:00–11:15AM EDT

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Addressing contemporary climate and environmental crises requires the collaboration of artists, scientists, and other experts to respond to the challenges we are facing. The integration of these different groups is necessary to act as buffers between the public and scientific data and to encourage a richer and more complex conversation about the fundamental issues driving the climate and environmental crises and how to use the powerful impact of contemporary art and photography.

In this context, trans-disciplinarity, which integrates the natural, social and health sciences in a humanities context that transcends the traditional boundaries of discipline, is the path to follow. Trans-disciplinarity involves the integration of knowledge and the abandonment of binary thinking, so we can help construct deeper meanings in the context of real-world problems. For example, when dealing with environmental issues, we know we need to refer to a complexity that embraces a world of injustice and inequality, both in the causes and the consequences of the problems. 

How can contemporary photography and art raise their ambition to make real changes in the world? What artistic, human, or scientific approach does trans-disciplinary work require artists to put in place? How do they maintain their personal vision when they deal with scientific data? 

This event features Maria Teresa Salvati and guest speaker David Cross and is moderated by Dr. Paul Lowe. 

This event is supported by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and Everything is Connected.

David Cross

David Cross is a Reader in Fine Art at the University of the Arts, London. Informing his research, practice, and teaching is a critical engagement with the relationship between visual culture and the social-ecological crisis.

Maria Teresa Salvati

Maria Teresa Salvati is founder and director of Everything is Connected, a trans-disciplinary platform that aims at connecting different areas of research, and experiments with new ways to involve and engage the public at large, learning through the results of experimentation and providing the community with new paradigms for communicating the environmental crisis.

Paul Lowe

, London
Dr. Paul Lowe is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK. Paul is an award-winning photographer who has been published in TIME, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst others. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny.
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