Towards Trans-disciplinarity

This is the fourth talk of a series called “Visualizing the Environmental Emergency”, a research project curated by Maria Teresa Salvati in collaboration with UAL: University of the Arts London, around the multi-faceted visualization of the climate crisis that tries to shed light on how this type of communication should and could change to move people towards action. 

Talk #4 – TOWARDS TRANS-DISCIPLINARITY 

This event features Maria Teresa Salvati and guest David Cross, moderated by Dr Paul Lowe.

Addressing contemporary climate and environmental crises requires the collaboration of artists, scientists, and other experts to respond to the challenges we are facing. The integration of these different groups is necessary to act as buffers between the public and scientific data and to encourage a richer and more complex conversation about the fundamental issues driving the climate and environmental crises and how to use the powerful impact of contemporary art and photography.

In this context, trans-disciplinarity, which integrates the natural, social and health sciences in a humanities context that transcends the traditional boundaries of discipline, is the path to follow.

Trans-disciplinarity involves the integration of knowledge and the abandonment of binary thinking, so we can help construct deeper meanings in the context of real-world problems. For example, when dealing with environmental issues, we know we need to refer to a complexity that embraces a world of injustice and inequality, both in the causes and the consequences of the problems.

Ph. Credit © Cornford & Cross

How can contemporary photography and art raise their ambition to make real changes in the world? What artistic, human, or scientific approach does trans-disciplinary work require artists to put in place? How do they maintain their personal vision when they deal with scientific data? 

This event is curated by Everything is Connected and supported by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. The event was hosted, and the video produced by VII Insider.

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