Culture and Climate Change – Arts

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Munich: Climate, Art and Culture

Climate change is a concern not only of the sciences. Art and culture also play an important role in respect to it, for they can make the issue into a sensory experience.More ...
Publisher Gerhard Steidl: “The printing industry lacks incentives for further development” | Photo: Joakim Eskildsen

“A book needs to be a work of art”

In our interview, publisher Gerhard Steidl explains how a book can be manufactured in a way that is one-hundred percent environmentally friendly and what books have in common with luxury watches.More ...
The play “image | a | nation” presents the stories of survivors of the typhoon Haiyan; © Little Theater, Philippines

Veritable Nature Plays – Climate Change on stage

Climate change has assumed dramatic dimensions – but can it also be rendered on stage? Natalie Driemeyer, dramaturg, describes how differently this theme is treated in theatres internationally.More ...
The search engine Ecosia; ©

Green search engine – Ecosia is protecting the rainforests

The organization running search engine Ecosia donate a large proportion of their revenue to a reforestation project in Brazil. An interview with Shannon Smith, a member of Ecosia’s founding team.More ...
Cover von Frank Schätzings „Der Schwarm“; © S. Fischer Verlag

The Hero and the Weather: Literature and Climate Change

How do writers imagine something as invisible and intangible as climate change?More ...
Jürgen Nefzger: Beznau, Schweiz, 2004; © Jürgen Nefzger

Art and Cooling Towers. Jürgen Nefzger on His “Fluffy Clouds” Project

Jürgen Nefzger has been travelling around Europe to photograph nuclear power stations in idyllic natural surroundings.More ...
Klaus Staeck; © Staeck

“My Anger Is Still There” – An Interview With Klaus Staeck

For over 40 years now Klaus Staeck has been using his art to campaign for freedom of opinion and against people’s lack of understanding.More ...
Gouro Modi with his son Dao from Mali; © Braschler/Fischer

Giving Disaster a Human Face: “Fates of Climate Change”

Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer travelled through 16 countries around the world to capture portraits of people whose livelihoods have been destroyed by climate change.More ...
Naked man with owl butterfly in Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s “Yellow Cell”; © Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag

Climate? Art? Research? – “ClimateArtResearch”!

How, and how far, can art and science profit from one another – especially in respect to a phenomenon such as climate change? A new book finds some surprising answers.More ...
Exhibition banner in the PHOENIX Hall; © Fernandes

“The Arctic is not a Blank Spot on the Map”

The focus of the long-term “Arctic Perspective” project is on the Arctic as a place to live as well as a place of global conflicts. This exhibition, being held at the Phoenix Hall in Dortmund, presents both the artistic and the scientific results of the project in visual form.More ...
From Fred Dotts Photo of the artworks Kein Anschuss ... by Douglas Gordon, 2010, and We Won't wait by Markus Shimizu

The Social Function of Art – Today

Today, in these times of all-consuming capitalism, how can we expect art to have a social function?More ...
Mellow & Pyro shooting a video clip, but one as carbon-neutral as possible; Photo: Moritz Schmid

Climate Change in Pop Music

Pop musicians are discovering their environmental awareness. They raise money for the rain forest and go on carbon neutral tours. The new green-mindedness is changing the entertainment industry.More ...
Extract from the poster for the film “Avatar”; © 20th Century Fox

The Quest For A New World? – Indian Myths About The End Of The World Are In At The Moment

In Hollywood’s new cinema d’auteur Indian myths about the end of the world and alternative lifestyles seem to be abounding at the moment. The question is – what is their message and what have the Indians got to do with it?More ...
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Climate Protection 2.0 – Climate Change Clips on Youtube

Video clips on Youtube and other video portals translate the complex subject of climate change into a compact cinematic form that is accessible to all.More ...
Klima als Inszenierung; Foto: Ilkka Halso; © Hebbel am Ufer

Curtain up on Climate Change!

The wind of climate change has now swept onto the German stage - whether it is in the form of a drama production, a reading or a performance. If it is real climate change theatre you are looking for however, then you have to go to a children’s theatre.More ...
Motokalypse Now (2008); © Tea Mäkipää

The World of Art Says Goodbye to the Automobile

The internal combustion engine is on its way out! Now it is time to say goodbye to the petroleum-fuelled car – even for the world of art.More ...
One of Tea Mäkipää’s “Atlantis” installations, Reykjavik 2008; © Tea Mäkipää

Art in Times of Climate Change – Why should we miss out on images of skies that look that good?

Climate change is not only altering the state of the world we live in, but also the way we see our world. Contemporary artists are focussing on this in a whole series of exhibitions taking place all over the world.More ...

Future Perfect

The Goethe-Institut and the foundation Futurzwei collect stories for tomorrow – lived today, everywhere.


In "EnergieWendeKunst", artists give aesthetic expression to their ideas about climate change. The catalogue will be released in November 2015.

Global Ideas

GLOBAL IDEAS brings you original reporting about the smartest local projects to fight global climate change. All around the world.

Glacier Music

What do melting glaciers sound like? An art project and an open competition for multimedia artists from Central Asia on the problem of advancing glacial melting.