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New Nature© Goethe-Institut Montreal

New Nature

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

May 5th, 2018 — The Goethe-Institut Montreal is pleased to announce an imaginative new year-long exchange between twenty five leading climate scientists, artists and technologists, working on the forefront of immersive technologies. The initiative offers mid-career professionals from Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United States the opportunity to network, exchange knowledge, and to participate in public events and conversations exploring the newest frontiers of climate science, education, and immersion.

Originally planned as an on-site event in Montreal in May, the project has adapted to global travel restrictions and will now kick off with an online iteration, May 25th to 28th. The weeklong event will consist of internal workshops and meetings, and public events such as keynotes, online film screenings, and artist talks.

The event will be followed by a public online exhibition this summer. Pandemic permitting, the twenty five participants will convene in person in Berlin, October 23rd to 25th, within the context of Retune - Creative Technology Platform, a biennial event at the intersection of Art, Design, and Technology.

An international and interdisciplinary exchange

New Nature seeks to open up new perspectives, by integrating emerging and immersive media — such as public and virtual installations, projections, and virtual, augmented and mixed reality — with future-oriented forms of science and climate storytelling. The exchange aims to invigorate the scenes in Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United States by creating the ideal setting for networking, and forging lasting connections for collaboration and co-production. Through strong partnerships with funders, exhibitors, and media outlets, New Nature encourages co-productions and joint cultural projects between creative professionals in all four countries. 

Theme: Air - Desirable & Shared Futures

The New Nature project focuses on the shared and yet invisible element of air to address the imminent necessity to reimagine our relationship to Nature. New Nature focuses on visions of desirable futures and collective imaginaries of how we might reroute disaster and reinvent our relationship to the natural world. New Nature seeks also to collectively and creatively reflect about the current situation facing the global outbreak of Covid-19: such concepts as global pandemics, airborne pathogens, interspecies infections, correlations of disease and environmental destruction/climate change, exposure and vulnerable populations, as well as the emotional and social fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

Project Partners

The meetings between German, Canadian, Mexican, and US experts will be initially held online, and within the context of large notable festivals and institutions, including: the Phi Centre in Montreal, a multifunctional centre where art can express itself in its various forms of art, film, music, design and technology; the National Film Board Digital Studio in Montreal, one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences; and Retune – Creative Technology Platform, a biennial event at the intersection of Art, Design, and Technology in Berlin; Milieux Institute at Concordia University in Montreal; Massive Science, a content and media company operating worldwide and delivering bleeding-edge scientific research and expertise, and Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the moving image in all its forms and with a specific focus on the intersection of science and cinema with its Science on Screen series; XR Hub Bavaria, an initiative of the Bavarian Ministry for Digital Affairs that connects scientists, companies and artists to enable new projects and thereby strengthen extended reality in Bavaria.

About New Nature

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: National Film Board of Canada, Centre Phi, Milieux Institute at Concordia University, Museum of the Moving Image, Massive Science, XR HUB BavariaUnionDocs Center for Documentary Art and Retune - Creative Technology Platform.