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Ecoartivismo.net is a project of Fred Adam, Verónica Perales, and Andy Deck, known collectively as Transnational Temps. It is an initiative that targets the important relationship between art and environmental action.

Ecoartivismo

At a time when governments have failed to move forward with needed climate accords, leadership is needed. As pioneers in the field of eco-media art over the past decade, Transnational Temps has seen the acute need for sustained, independent, and non-commercial modes of public address. The arts, while often sponsored by corporations, have great potential as an ally in this effort because of the tradition of freedom of expression, and the many established networks of communication. For fear of losing advertising, broadcast corporations rarely resist industrially-driven energy policies. Unlike commercially funded media corporations, arts institutions can be moved to foreground new ideas, and to engage environmental issues. While the notion of adopting a posture similar to activism has not been widely embraced in the arts, some, such as Joseph Beuys, have made it an essential part of their artistic work. Others like theorist Theodor Adorno were scornful of the possibility of any social purpose for art. Yet in spite of the intensity of World War II, Adorno did not live in a time such as the present. The threat of the collapse of many of the earth’s ecosystems merits a hard look at the aloofness of an aesthetic philosophy that cannot comprehend the primacy of survival in any cultural equation. Behavioral change on a wide range of fronts will be necessary to radically alter the destructive path that mankind follows at present. The alliance of the arts with modes of eco-advocacy and eco-education is not unthinkable!

At the same time, activists must own the failure of the global environmental movement to date. One area for improvement is the snarky relationship between activists and artists. To borrow a military term for peaceful purposes, there is an immediate need for a full spectrum mobilization of human capital. The domains of culture and environmental action must be reconciled. Cultural and social change must emerge hand in hand if there is any hope of mitigating the ominous ecological disasters that loom in the decades ahead.