Visualizing the future we want: reconciling art, environment and development

Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni (2017) Visualizing the future we want: reconciling art, environment and development. In: Clammer, John, and Giri, Ananta Kumar, (eds.) The Aesthetics of Development: art, culture and social transformation. Palgrave McMillan, New York, NY, USA, pp. 161-188.

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This chapter explores how visual arts can communicate shared views and help to reconcile different understandings of desirable futures. I review experiences of the use of art to build shared understanding of environmental problems amongst different actors or stakeholders. I focus on the “landscape” as the area of interest and define landscapes and seascapes as the geographic space in which environmental outcomes are best perceived by people. Building consensus on desired future situations is one of the greatest challenges in confronting our current environmental dilemmas. A shared vision of a future scenario can provide a common goal for everyone. Visual techniques have become ubiquitous during recent decades, and we have grown accustomed to visual representations on social media, television, billboards, marketing and PowerPoint presentations in the classroom and at big international events. In many areas of human endeavour, people are using animated videos and short films to present ideas. I review experiences from my own activities which range from mural painting to providing focus for debate at global environmental conferences to participatory drawing of future scenarios with local communities in environmentally sensitive areas.

Item ID: 53961
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-349-95247-2
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 02:25
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410403 Environmental education and extension @ 30%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330401 Community planning @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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