Rising Tide Conference: The Arts and Ecological Ethics

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Rising Tide Conference: The Arts and Ecological Ethics

1111 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
April 17th, 2009 - April 19th, 2009

Potrero District
Sun-Sat 10-7:30
California College of the Arts, Stanford University
architecture, mixed-media, photography, installation, video-art, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, figurative, modern, sculpture


CCA and Stanford University's Department of Art & Art History will jointly host Rising Tide Conference: The Arts and Ecological Ethics on April 17–19, 2009. The conference takes place at CCA's Timken Lecture Hall and Stanford's Annenberg Auditorium. Various satellite events, including screenings, exhibitions, performances, and lectures, will take place April 6–30 at both campuses. All events are FREE and open to the public, and no tickets are required. The full schedule and details are available at

This three-day groundbreaking conference is an interdisciplinary gathering that takes a close look at the relationship between aesthetics and the green movement. Participants include artists, business and nonprofit professionals, activists, community organizers, scholars, faculty, and students. They are coming from the Bay Area and around the world to present new projects, books, and theories about creative work and climate change. Public policy is shaped by cultural habit, and the aim of the conference is to blaze new trails—to help push the green revolution to a tipping point.

Topics of the panels, seminars, and roundtables will include: a macro look at world politics and its relationship to art and design in a changing climate; sustainable, experimental materials that are newly available to artists, designers, and architects; the impact of green capitalism on society; an investigation of the future of culture in an environmentally challenged world; African American youth and urban aesthetics in the green era; remaking and rethinking cities, art objects, transportation, and human behaviors to encourage sustainable development; and an overview of the art and design projects that are most dramatically affected by environmental collapse.

Keynote speakers include the artist David Buckland, who in 2001 founded Cape Farewell, a charitable organization that pioneers the cultural response to climate change by bringing artists, scientists, and communicators together to stimulate the production of art based on scientific research; and Sheila Kennedy, professor of architecture at MIT and a founding principal of KVA MATx, an interdisciplinary design practice that explores relationships among architecture, technology, and emerging public needs.

The conference takes place at CCA's San Francisco campus on Friday, April 17; at Stanford's Annenberg Auditorium on Saturday, April 18; and at CCA's San Francisco campus on Sunday, April 19. For more information and to sign up for the email list, please visit

The Rising Tide Conference is sponsored, in part, by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts.

Visitor Information
CCA San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
Street parking around campus is free

Stanford University Department of Art & Art History
Nathan Cummings Art Building, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford
Parking is free after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends