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Email alex@solarpowerforartists.com for more info about scheduling a workshop, lecture, consultation, etc. at your art venue/ community space/ university/ non-evil company, etc.

July : A History of Solar Power Art and Design by Alex Nathanson Release Date!

You can order Alex Nathanson's new book from many book retailers or directly from the publisher. Use code FLY21 for a 20% discount when purchasing it directly from Routledge at https://www.routledge.com/A-History-of-Solar-Power-Art-and-Design/Nathanson/p/book/9780367465681

If you're interested in hosting a remote or covid-safe in-person book release event at your art space, university, book store, podcast, etc. please email alex@alexnathanson.com.

August 1 : Sustainable Energy for Artists and Arts Organizations Workshop

Are you an artist or arts organization planning a covid safe outdoor event, art installation, or performance this summer? Would you like to integrate sustainable energy into the project in some way? This remote workshop is geared specifically for artists and arts organizations. We will discuss the opportunities for incorporating sustainable energy, with a particular focus on solar power, into outdoor artworks and performances, both as a power supply and as an integrated part of the work. Participants will be introduced to some basic concepts for determining if their project and/or location is suitable for incorporating solar power.

* 12pm - 1:30pm, on Zoom
* $75
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-energy-for-artists-and-arts-organizations-august-2021-tickets-159454774523

August 1: Solar Powered Sound Art Workshop

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of techniques for creating solar powered instruments. We will discuss the history of the field, common conceptual approaches, and a number of technical methods.

Three techniques for building instruments will be demonstrated.

* 2:30pm - 4pm, on Zoom
* $75
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-powered-sound-art-august-2021-tickets-159454100507

August 3: Sustainable Energy and Public Art Discussion

A discussion about sustainable energy and public art with Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator and artist Allan Giddy.

Participant Bios

Allan Giddy

New Zealand born Sydney-based public artist Allan Giddy is a pioneer in the use of sustainable energy systems and light in ‘time-based sculpture’, and is the founding director of the Environmental Research Institute for Art (ERIA) at the University of New South Wales. His work has been shown at the Tate Modern, in ISEA and TISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Art), and numerous other venues internationally, and is in collections, both public and private.

Allan has also conceived and curated numerous high-profile public exhibitions involving energy including, La Lune: Energy Producing Art (2014), which was runner-up in two categories of the Australian Event Awards that year (Best New Event and Best Achievement in Sustainability), and NOX Night Sculpture (2019-17-15), which won a Highly Commended award in the Creative Communities category of the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator

Robert Ferry, Founding Director, LAGI Robert Ferry is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with more than two decades of professional practice experience working from both consultant and client sides. He has designed and contributed to the sustainable development of dozens of residential and commercial projects around the world. Through the Land Art Generator, he helps to support the critical role of architecture and urban design as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change, advancing the idea that every new building and landscape should seek not only to be net-zero, but also seek to contribute to the regenerative infrastructure of its surrounding environment. Robert is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Director, LAGI

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change. Under her leadership, LAGI has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) works with communities around the world to design installations that actively support climate solutions by integrating sustainable infrastructure as the medium for creative and cultural expression. Through open design competitions for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York City, Copenhagen, Santa Monica, Melbourne, and Nevada, LAGI has inspired thousands of designs from around the world. Participatory design projects include Land Art Generator Solar Mural artworks in San Antonio, co-designing culturally relevant clean energy solutions with Maasai women in Olorgesailie Kenya, working with West Virginia coal miners on destination energy landscapes, and more.

* 7pm, on Zoom
* Free!
* Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-sustainable-energy-and-public-art-tickets-162365199683

August 8: Solar Power Bots Workshop and Book Talk

This in person workshop will happen during Pioneer Works' 2nd Sundays event. A lowkey conversation about the book will follow the workshop.

* 3-5pm
* Free!
* There are ~25 spots for this workshop that will be available on a first come first served basis.
* Location: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231)

August 26: In-person book release talk in Aarhus, Denmark

This event is part of Flux Factory's residency at the Aarhus Art Musueum and will feature a number of guests joining via Zoom.

* Location: Book1 Hotel
* Free!
* 5pm CEST

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