Cool Stories for When The Planet Gets Hot at Socrates Sculpture Park, May 8-August 28, 2016

Apr 27, 2016 2:35PM

From May 8-August 28, 2016, Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City will present Cool Stories for When The Planet Gets Hot, a biennial competition of short art videos that engages the public's imaginations about climate change. The competition was initiated by the international curatorial platform ARTPORT_making waves.

This presentation is an anthology of videos from the first iteration in 2007 until the most recent in 2014. Videos in the series focus on topics ranging from the melting of glaciers to the looming crisis in agriculture and food production. The artists are Rob Carter, Baptist Coelho, Celeste Fichter, Joshua Frankel, Richard Jochum, Danushka Marasinghe, Tricia McLaughlin, Christian Niccoli, Iván Puig Domene, Avelino Sala, and Sergio Sotomayor.

Housed in a shipping container, these images and stories link the local plot of land that is Socrates Sculpture Park to a larger global dialogue about climate change, rehabilitation, and sustainability.

Artists from all over the world have been invited to participate in the Cool Stories for When The Planet Gets Hot competitions to explore issues of climate change through visually stunning and evocative short videos and animations. The finalists' works from each competition have been compiled in four special editions.

Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have watched the videos at museums, art fairs, film festivals, universities, and climate change conferences, as well as through online distribution. Screening venues and partners include Art Basel, Colombia Global Centers Paris, Expo Zaragoza, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Matadero Madrid, Parsons The New School for Design New York, and Swiss Architecture Museum Basel, among others. Exhibitions, talks, and educational programs have been held in conjunction with the screenings. The final winners have been offered artists residencies in collaboration with renowned organizations worldwide.

ARTPORT_making waves is an international curatorial platform that raises awareness about climate change through exhibitions, performances, residencies, and educational programs, linking the arts, science, and politics. It was founded in 2006 by Corinne Erni and Anne-Marie Melster.

The presentation will be part of LANDMARK, a series of artist commissions and projects that transforms the land both physically and symbolically, marking Socrates Sculpture Park’s 30th anniversary this year

Image credit: Christian Niccoli, Untitled, 2008 (video still)