(October 27, 2015) We kicked off our fourth annual Creative Climate Awards exhibition in style last month - and returned to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) to select the winners, chosen from artworks from over 20 different international and local artists.
Human Impact Institute's founder and Executive Director Tara DePorte began the Creative Climate awards in 2012, inspired by the need to bring different perspectives and other means by which to engage people in addressing climate change. The Awards have only grown since then, and the 2015 judges - including the Berndt Arell, Director of the National Museum in Sweden, and Brooks Atwood, host of A&E's Trashformers - were faced with tough choices. So tough, in fact, there was a three-way tie for third place! Below are the winners (drum roll please):
THIRD PLACE #1
Dion Laurent, who came all the way from Texas to share his amazing EarthMan 2 performance piece that included a self-sustaining suit;
THIRD PLACE #2
Juha Metso, with his evocative photographs;
THIRD PLACE #3
Eric Corriel, with his public art video installation about sea level rise;
Kwan Taeck Park won the award for second place, for her installation that spoke to the way climate change affects us all at a local, intimate level.
And lastly, for the first place prize of $2,000, the judging panel gave the award to Sarah Cameron Sunde, for her durational performance where she and others stood in a tidal bay for a full tidal cycle, letting the water slowly engulf them.
Congratulations to all of the artists for their inspiring work!
We finished off the celebration with some amazing performances, including dance pieces by Human Impacts Institute staff member LeAnne Harvey and past Creative Climate Awards winner Jodi Sperling, and a performance of "Rockaway Resilience" by Honeychild Coleman (which she wrote for HII's 'Climate sHeros' event in June). Everyone also enjoyed participating in our “Climate Scavenger Hunt” which encouraged people to do the actions associated with each artwork in exchange for a copy of “An Inconvenient Truth.” Because who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt?
Throughout the night, the room was filled with great conversation and excitement, brought about by the group of impactful artwork. Although events like these gather people around such difficult issues like climate change, they can simultaneously create a contagious, animated energy by engaging in conversation brought about by creative means.
We look forward to supporting the growing number of artists tackling climate change and sharing their artwork with you in next year’s show!