Is photography sufficient to
communicate the climate emergency?
Symposium III

The third episode of the symposium ‘Visualizing Climate Change’ sought to analyse and discover processes of how to effectively visualise climate change. The contributors took contemporary and documentary photography as a core medium and method of disseminating content concerning the current climate emergency. The presentations demonstrated the desire to draw new perimeters of knowledge around visualization and engagement, either by questioning the medium itself, or by using new disciplines and visual arts that go beyond photography.

In our analysis and process discovery of how to effectively visualise climate change, we want to start from contemporary and documentary photography as our core medium to disseminate content around the current climate emergency. Furthermore,

we want to draw new perimeters of knowledge around visualization and engagement, either by questioning the medium itself, or by using new disciplines and visual arts that go beyond photography.

Aware of the power of visual communication, there is a need to move the arts and humanities beyond the usual spaces and channels, as well as giving contemporary photography a social role. Considering the current global crisis, we want to reflect on ways to discover and produce new paradigms for effectively communicating causes, consequences and solutions for climate change for the present and the future. This would lead to a long-term cultural transition by unifying arts, ecological sustainability and social justice.

The symposium was held on Nov 25th, 2020

Moderation by Paul Lowe

Introduction Maria Teresa Salvati

Presentation of the Everything is Connected projects

Kublaiklan

Shado Magazine

Monica Alcazar-Duarte