Climate Change Conference as Art Fair?

12/17/2009 9:42 AM |

Ghost Forest Angela Palmer

A couple of artworks in particular—Alfio Bonanno and Christophe Cornubert’s CO2 cube, which projects video onto a cube the size of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, and Mark Coreth’s melting Ice Bear Project—have been getting a lot of attention at the Copenhagen climate change conference, but as Artnet points, out the equivalent of a small art fair has appeared at venues throughout the city on the occasion of the COP15 talks.

For instance, there’s the “100 Places to Remember” exhibition of photographs of places threatened by climate change from the Magnum photo agency, supermodel Helena Christensen’s series of photos on how people living in the Andes mountains are affected by climate change, Angela Palmer‘s ghost forest public installation of tree trunks from Western Ghana (pictured), and the Wooloo Productions collective’s New Life Copenhagen project.

The most impressive show of climate change-themed art is RETHINK, an exhibition of works by 26 major contemporary artists at venues all over Copenhagen, including Olafur Eliasson, Henrik Hakansson, Bill Burns, Janine Randerson and Tomas Saraceno. Highlights (at least from what one can glean at the online exhibition) include Superflex‘s suggestion that we experience climate change like cockroaches, and Burns’s typically derisive set of safety gear for animals, like a pigeon-sized life vest.