The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries is pleased to present Dear Climate, an ongoing creative-research project that was founded in 2012 by Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, and Marina Zurkow. Dear Climate has many incarnations including posters, guided meditations, installations, and workshops. By hacking the aesthetics of instructional signage and the techniques of meditation, Dear Climate leads viewers and listeners towards a better informed, more realistic, and more affectionate relationship with the more-than-human world, including geo-physical forces, and others species.
The posters created by Dear Climate provide a new way to speak about climate change in order to prompt a more personal and affective relationship with the environment. Understanding that climate change is a fact, these posters encourage viewers to think about how these changes affect us and how we affect the world and the non-human creatures among us. The posters are meant to be shared and can be downloaded from the Dear Climate website. They can then be printed from your computer, hung up in your workplace cafeteria or school lunchrooms, slipped into the magazine rack at a freeway filling station, or appear anywhere else you may choose to put them.
Currently active members of Dear Climate:
Marina Zurkow builds animations and participatory environments that focus on humans’ relationships with animals, plants and the weather. Recent exhibitions include bitforms gallery; the Montclair Art Museum; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Museum for Women in the Arts; Borusan Collection, Istanbul; and the Sundance Film Festival. Zurkow is a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, and has been granted awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and is represented by bitforms gallery.
Una Chaudhuri teaches English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her recent books include The Stage Lives of Animals: Zooësis and Performance, Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Enelow). She is a founding member of the CLIMATE LENS theater collective.
Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. His botanical interventions and public art projects demonstrate nature's surprising ability to recover from damage. Lately, his work has focused on cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees onto landscapes damaged by industrial forestry and cataloging the biodiversity of brownfield ecologies. Recent writings include ‘Neo Eocene’ published in Making the Geologic Now, edited by Jamie Kruse and Elisabeth Ellsworth (Punctum 2012) and ‘Violent Reactions’ in Marina Zurkow’s Petroleum Manga (Punctum 2014). He divides his time between rural British Columbia and Alphabet City.
For a complete listing of all Culture for Climate events please visit, SFArts.org.