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BALTIC explores Climate Emergency

Fri 20 Sep 10.00-20.00

On Friday 20 September 2019, BALTIC organises a day of activities in response to the global call for action in raising awareness and understanding of the climate emergency we are facing.

It coincides with the call for action by young people around the world for the Global Climate Strike taking place on 20–27 September.

Our planet is on fire. We need to take urgent action to change the way we produce energy – moving away from fossil fuels – and consume food and goods. Art is an important catalyst for new ideas and alternative forms of thinking; we believe that arts organisations and practitioners can foster the building of new alliances to raise awareness and the discussion around ways for future action to help preserve our planet.

We invite you to participate in a day of film screenings, talks and a game of bingo. Come to BALTIC to listen to and discuss ideas and projects from within the region and beyond, in a PechaKucha-style event followed by Extinction Bingo!

Refreshments and food will be available throughout the evening.

Film Screening: The Haunted Animals

10.00–18.00 Level 1 Cinema

FREE Drop-in No booking required

This selection of films on extinction and environmental transformation has been curated by Filipa Ramos, in relation to BALTIC's forthcoming exhibition Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings, opening 16 November. We invite visitors to a day of film screenings in BALTIC's Level 1 Cinema. Animalesque invites visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to other life forms and to the complex ecologies that bond beings together.

Allora and Calzadilla with Ted Chiang: The Great Silence, 2016 (16min 53sec) Allora & Calzadilla’s video installation The Great Silence centers on the world’s largest radio telescope, located in Esperanza, Puerto Rico, home to the last remaining population of a critically endangered species of parrots, Amazona vittata. For the work, Allora & Calzadilla collaborated with science fiction author Ted Chiang, who wrote a script in the spirit of a fable that ponders the irreducible gaps between living, non-living, human, animal, technological and cosmic actors.

Saodat Ismailova: The Haunted, 2017 (23 min) This symbolic and suggestive film is a cinematic letter to an extinct race of tigers and uses an almost hallucinatory force to conjure up a mythological, Central Asian world of yesterday. The majestic animal speaks to us about the historical changes that led up to its own extinction, but lives on in the collective imagination of Turkestan as a sacred image of the soul.

Sonia Levy: For the Love of Corals, 2018 (24 min) For the Love of Corals examines coral reproductive research at the Horniman Museum in London. In the basement of the museum, a team of marine biologists and aquarists led by Jamie Craggs have embarked on breeding corals in captivity. By mirroring the environmental circumstances – seasonal temperature changes, solar irradiance and lunar cycles – of the Great Barrier Reef within specially designed tanks, the team has become the first in the world to successfully spawn corals in a laboratory.

Climate Emergency Talks (Pecha Kucha-style)

17.00–18.30 BALTIC Kitchen

FREE No booking required

Join us to hear from artists, academics and members of our community in an to attempt to comprehend the climate crisis, gain some better understanding and discover new ways of working together in a positive direction.

Speakers will share their ideas in a series of short talks including:

  • Professor John Bythell, Prof of Coral Reef Biology, Newcastle University
  • Dr Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University
  • Selma Guerreiro, Researcher in Hydrology and Climate Change, Newcastle University
  • Laura Harrington, artist, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Dr Philip McGowan, Director of the Institute of Sustainability, Newcastle University

and more to be announced...

Extinction Bingo

19.00–20.00 Level 2 Learning Lounge

FREE Book here now

Join us for a fun game of bingo that brings to attention the extinction of animals and our natural world due to climate change. Expect poignancy and humour side by side. Newcastle-based performance artist Rosa Postlethwaite will be our host for this fun evening.