What role will environmental justice play in our recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic?
The Museums of the FutureNow is an evolving series of artworks and participatory workshops designed to explore the web of ecological, cultural, technological and political factors that combine to create complex challenges for society and environment both now and in the future.
The Museums of the FutureNow is curated by artists Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges and Professor Mike Bonaventura.
This online iteration of the Museums of the FutureNow, organised in collaboration with environmental arts charity Creative Carbon Scotland, will use exhibits from a museum set in the future to create speculative scenarios. The scenarios created during the session will open up space for thinking through what a just and green recovery from coronavirus might be and the challenges that this presents. The event will be participatory with plenty of space for conversation and sharing of ideas. Expect to leave inspired and energised with new ideas for engaging in change.
Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges are multidisciplinary public artists based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Robbie Coleman has a background in sculpture and live art. He project manages large-scale public arts projects and is Co-Director of the D-LUX light festival and The Environmental Arts Festival Scotland. Jo Hodges is an artist, curator and producer with a background in Human Ecology, community development and social justice.
Jointly their work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes, relationships and change. Their practice takes many forms and includes temporary and permanent works, site specific installations, socially engaged and participatory processes and explorations of new strategies for working in public space. They are interested in research and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture, science and technology and exploring the role of art in social change.
They are Director-Curators of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.
Natural Sciences trained, Mike Bonaventura holds an honorary professorship in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow, a doctorate [PhD] in Artificial Intelligence, is an external examiner at the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, is a (lapsed) chartered engineer [IEE C.Eng.] and co-inventor of three software patents in decision-making systems.
Over the last 16 years he has designed the market infrastructure for the trade of environmental instruments (RECs, UN CDM offsets, voluntary offsets); led a post-graduate teaching and research institute, working at the intersection of environment and society; and contributed to ClimateXChange, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Climate Science, as a Principal Investigator in research programmes in climate justice and climate adaptation. He is currently working on understanding how to prevent commercial food waste as a contribution to achieving target SDG12.3 in the transition to sustainable food systems.