WORK > Projects > BREATHE: artists, air pollution, climate, and health

The exhibition BREATHE is a collaboration with the World Health Organization, the Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), and Carbon Arts. CoClimate was selected for the task of engaging delegates to the World Health Assembly on the matters of particulate air pollution and its impacts on health. BREATHE opened on May 19th, 2015 at the World Meteorological Organization for the opening evening of the High Level Assembly of the CCAC.

The exhibition continues, and is now hosted in the library of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, through October, 2015.  It has been extended and expanded to include additional documentation and original works from artists and designers, including:

Sky Color of 10 Chinese Cities by XIAOJI CHEN

Breathing Bike by MATT HOPE

Black Carbon by JONATHAN MINGLE

Spectacle Computing by ERIC PAULOS et al.

Carbon Pencils by GYORGYI GALIK at al.

Particle Falls by ANDREA POLLI

Smog Tasting by THE CENTER FOR GENOMIC GASTRONOMY AND NICOLA TWILLEY

AiryLight by ANNELIE BERNER

Puff by KAROLINA SOBECKA

Voyage on the Planet by CHIH CHIU

The Lungs by ARTUR VAN BALEN

Italy Pavillion Expo 2015, Milan by NEMESI & PARTNERS

Jacobson’s Fabulous Olfactometer by SUSANNA HERTRICH

Cookstoves by MULTIPLE


Introduction essay from the exhibition catalogue:

Globally, there is a growing recognition that addressing air pollution, climate change, and related health and environment issues, is not simply a scientific or technical problem, but a cultural one. To a large extent, we already possess the technology and best practice policy examples needed to ensure the well-being of people and make our future sustainable, but these aren’t always enough to drive change. At heart, responding effectively means confronting our personal identity, worldviews, and sense of loss or adventure experienced from any sort of change.

Artistic expression is a call to do just that, and as the organizers of this exhibit, we are delighted to be invited to display works of art from many parts of the world that provoke us to step back and be mindful of our health, our environment and the legacy that we are creating for ourselves and the next generation.

In identifying artists and designers for the BREATHE exhibition in Geneva, developed for the opening evening of the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, (Geneva, Switzerland May 19-20th , 2015), we sought out people working at the intersection of creativity, technology, science, health, and society. Many of the practices on display in this exhibition are interdisciplinary in nature; the artists have collaborated with scientists, engineers, or journalists. In many cases, the work you see installed in the BREATHE exhibition is a small snapshot of ongoing research and creative practice that extends onto the internet, into the streets, and which can not be fully captured in a single exhibit display.

We invite you to use this catalogue as a starting point —to think in new and different ways about the concerns and issues displayed, and if relevant, learn more about the work, the artists and their practices. The exhibit is only a small sample of what is available. We display work by artists and designers from a diversity of cultures and backgrounds. However, wherever you are from, should you look deeper, you will find creative practitioners who are integrating science, health, and society in your city, country or region—people who may be eager to engage with you to use art as a tool for positive change. In that spirit, we welcome you to the BREATHE exhibition. We hope this exhibition will act as a catalyst for further synergy between the arts, health, and environmental well-being.

ZACKERY DENFELD, CoCLIMATE

JODI NEWCOMBE, CARBON ARTS


View more images from BREATHE @ the WMO

 

 Download the opening exhibition catalog: BREATHE-exhibition-WHO-catalogue-Vellum-print (pdf, 3.5mb)

 Download the expanded library exhibition catalog: BREATHE-exhibition-WHOlibrary-catalogue (pdf, 3.5mb)

 

 

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