Festival for the Earth – press release

Festival for the Earth
Sustainable Visions in Art and Science
Venice, November 16-18 2016

Venice, 9 November 2016 – From November 16th to 18th the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will host the first edition of the Festival for the Earth. Within the framework of the Festival for the Earth international guests from the academic and public realm will spend three days discussing and reflecting on achievable models for a responsible-living on Earth. The aim of the Festival is to propose to broader audiences possibilities of transformations, reflections and alternative modalities to reframe environmental issues. In fact, knowledge access and information flow are highly important as actual environmental emergencies urge a radical change of perspective and practices.
The Festival for the Earth has an highly avant-garde character that lays in its being an art-based project for social transformation: the inventor and curator of the Festival for the Earth, Maria Rebecca Ballestra, is an artist who aims to instigate creativeness directed at positive transformation processes in science, humanities, economy, ecology and art.
Over the three days of the Festival influential and awarded scholars, researchers, creative minds and environmental activists will present and discuss their researches and results, innovative ideas and approaches in raising awareness for preserving the diversity of our planet and improve our fragile co-living on it. Ca’ Foscari University’s academics will moderate seminars and panel discussions at Ca’ Foscari University (Dorsoduro 3246) and Ca’ Dolfin (Dorsoduro 3859/A) and will open a space for debate and reflection with international guests: Clive Adams (Director, Center for Contemporary Art and Natural World), Sabina Airoldi (Tethys Research Institute), Carlo Barbante (Ca’ Foscari and Director, Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of CNR), Hans Peter Egler (CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel), Freddy Paul Grunert (curator, ZKM), Justin Jin (CEO, Axia Materials), Fiona Mc Donald (Indiana University), Telmo Pievani (University of Padua), Chiara Tonelli (University of RomaTre), Judy Ling Wong (Honorary President, Black Environment Network), Pulitzer Prize winner Kenneth Weiss and Goldman Prize winner Ykal Ang’elei.
A constituent part of the Festival for the Earth will be the artistic residency on the Certosa Island (November 8th to 18th), stressing the island’s interesting history and natural significance within the particular environmental and socio-economic context of the Northern Venice lagoon. Here internationally-renowned guest artists will be working with a focus on environmental issues based on trans-disciplinary researches. The artists Alan Sonfist (USA), Marina Velez (UK) and Giuseppe La Spada (IT) will start an artistic operation which will be showcased in Venice later on.
The artist residence program is curated by Clive Adams and Maria Rebecca Ballestra. The artists will participate to a debate on the Certosa Island on Friday November 18, at 15.00, followed by a presentation of the Plant for the Planet’s activities.
The Festival for the Earth is organized by MbR Art and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Thanks to its innovative approach the Festival for the Earth has obtained the support of the United States Mission to Italy and of the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Monaco in Venice. Partners of the Festival for the Earth are Vento di Venezia Ltd., Il Giornale delle Fondazioni and Art for the Planet.