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New Nature© Goethe-Institut Montreal

New Nature

An Immersive Media and Climate Science Exchange between Canada - Germany - Mexico - US

Between May and December 2020 the Goethe-Institut Montreal is inviting leading climate scientists, artists, and technologists from Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United States working on the forefront of immersive technologies to connect and share their explorations on climate change and reflect on desirable futures. 

This exchange aims to foster international exchange of knowledge by creating the ideal setting for networking, collaboration and co-production, while also addressing the necessity to reimagine our relationship to Nature and rethinking the language and modes by which we communicate about scientific climate research. Focusing on the shared, yet invisible element of air, the participants shape/discuss new approaches to future-oriented science storytelling that draw from the thrilling developments of immersive media – such as public and virtual installations, projections, and virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

New Nature is a project by the Goethe-Institut, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, and curated by Canadian documentary filmmaker and independent programmer Samara Chadwick.

Partners include: the National Film Board of CanadaRetune - Creative Technology Platform, Milieux Institute at Concordia University, Centre Phi, XR HUB Bavaria, Museum of the Moving Image, Massive Science and UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art



From May 25-28, 2020, New Nature will kick-off with a series of online sessions, consisting of internal workshops and meetings as well as public events such as keynotes, online film screenings, and artist talks. The event will be followed by a public online exhibition this summer.

From October 20-25, 2020, participants and new project partners will meet in the context of the Retune BREATHE I/O Festival, offering them a sense of the local creative economy scene in Berlin as well as the opportunity to advance co-production concepts, and gather new impulses for collaboration.

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Keynote ⎮May 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm ⎮ Online
Keynote: Land as Pedagogy

​Opening Keynote of NEW NATURE  by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson moderated by Ian Mauro.                                                           
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will read from a selection of traditional stories and expand her thesis of "land as education". The reading will be accompanied by a short film screening, followed by a discussion with Ian Mauro and an extensive round of questions with the audience.

Madrid in the air 24 h © Nerea Calvillo/In The Air/C+arquitectas, Images: Daniel Ruiz

Artist Talk ⎮ May 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm ⎮ Online
Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro

A glimpse into the world of Spanish architect Nerea Calvillo, working at the intersection of architecture, science, technology, and feminist studies. In this candid talk, she converses with longtime friend and sometimes collaborator Nick Shapiro, about the synergies between their respective practices in the realms of air and environmental pollution.

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