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The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre and multi-arts and conference venue in the City of London. It presents a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.  Visit their website  Image: James Butler, Barbican, flickr

Event date
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:00

This study day explored issues raised by the Surreal House exhibition and considered the role and meanings of the theme of the house in modern and contemporary art, film, architecture and culture. Contributors included Jane Alison, Senior Curator, Barbican Art Gallery; Gill Perry, Professor of Art History, OU; Barry Curtis, Professor of Art History, Royal College of Art; Brian Dillon, UK Editor of Cabinet; Dagmar Weston, Dr of Architectural Theory, Edinburgh University; Krysztof Fijalkowski, Dr of Art History, Norwich School of Art and James Lingwood, Co Director, Artangel.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 15:00

A discussion with all the speakers chaired by Gill Perry.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 14:30

Cornelia Parker introduces and presents a 6 minute extra of the film Chomskian Abstract (film, 2007).

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 13:30

In the run up to COP15 (United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009), Michaela Crimmin gave her personal take on a number of anxieties, interests and opportunities.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 13:00

Drawing on selected images from their work over the last twenty years, Ackroyd & Harvey charted their entry into the unknown territory of the high arctic and the complex world of a changing climate.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 12:30

Over the last few decades artists have been engaging in various ways with both the ‘natural’ environment and ecological issues. This paper introduced some of the controversies and debates confronting artists, critics, historians and theorists engaged with these concerns. It explored some problems of definition, and the complex and differing ways in which art – in particular installation art - mediates these issues to a wider audience.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 10:30

Discussion and question session chaired by Bob Spicer.

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 10:00

Climate change is almost always presented as an urgent near-term science and policy problem. But this fails to recognise how climate change forces us to revise how we think about our ethics, politics and culture. It prompts entirely novel questions about how human beings relate to the world. To call it 'the greatest challenge facing humanity' is to underestimate its significance...

Event date
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 09:30

The climate of the Earth has never been constant and there is a vast record of the patterns and process of change in the rocks around us: a record that shows that computer models used for predicting the future are likely to underestimate what is both possible and likely. Humans are altering the Earth System in a way that has never been seen before but, also for the first time in the history of the Earth, we have the capacity for intelligent planetary management.

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