Climate Crisis >> Art Action Takeover

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    Chooc Ly Tan performing ‘Earth Friction: Geological Forces_Forced Nature’ at Lava Lines last year at Biblioteka, with set design by Leïla Arenou. Photo: Noémie Reijnen

Free entry

2 March | 6-10pm 

Zilkha Auditorium, Study Studio & Creative Studio

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

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Climate Crisis >> Art Action Takeover 

Thursday 2 March | 6-10pm 

Join us at Whitechapel Gallery for an after-hours programme that follows the day’s discussions at the Climate Crisis >> Art Action conference. Have a drink at the bar, enjoy DJs, poetry, film, a talk and a workshop, exploring art, ecology and sustainability.  

Featuring a live soundscape by artist and DJ Chooc Ly Tan, as well as a workshop on climate data mapping with artist and curator Angela YT Chan, a book launch with Pandora Syperek and Sarah Wade, the editors of Oceans, the latest anthology in the Documents of Contemporary Art series, plus films by Zadie Xa, Flatform and Ruth Mclennan.

More to be announced.

About the Contributors:

Chooc Ly Tan

Chooc Ly Tan is a multi-disciplinary artist, DJ and voyager who works across moving image, DJ sets, radio podcasts and club nights. Her practice sets out to create new visions of reality by subverting or repurposing systems and tools we use to understand the world around us – such as concepts and methodologies from physics, politics and music. 

Angela YT Chan

Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist. Her work reconfigures power in relation to the inequity of climate change, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction. Her recent research-art commissions span climate framings, water scarcity and conflict, and has held residencies with Arts Catalyst, FACT/Jerwood Arts’ Digital Fellowship and Sonic Acts’ environmental research residency. Angela has produced curatorial projects and workshops as Worm: art + ecology, and continues to collaborate with artists, activists and youth groups under her own name. 

Pandora Syperek

Pandora Syperek is a writer and art historian who researches the intersections of art and science, gender, and the nonhuman within cultures of display. She is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Loughborough University London and Visiting Fellow at the V&A Research Institute. 

Sarah Wade

Sarah Wade is an art historian and Lecturer in Museums Studies at University of East Anglia where she teaches on modules spanning art history, gallery and museum studies, curatorial studies, and cultural heritage. 


Flatform is a collective artist based in Milan and Berlin, founded in Milan in 2006.  

Ruth Maclennan

Ruth Maclennan (b. London 1969) is an artist and writer. Her work includes films, multi-channel moving image works, photographs, performances, and writing. Her recent films examine how the climate emergency has irrevocably transformed ways of seeing and understanding landscape and place – both for inhabitants, and as representation. 

Zadie Xa

Zadie Xa was born and raised in Vancouver on the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and is now based in London, UK. Her work is informed by her experiences within the Korean diaspora, as well as the environmental and cultural context of the Pacific Northwest. Her work often features garments, including cloaks and masks, used for live performance and within installation or moving image. Throughout her practice, Xa uses water and marine ecologies as metaphors for exploring the unknown, whilst also alluding to abstract notions of homeland. 

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Climate Crisis >> Art Action

Bishopsgate Institute
2 & 3 March 2023

Featuring voices from leading visual arts and environmental organisations as well as change-makers from beyond the sector, this two-day symposium tackles the critical environmental issues facing the UK’s public arts institutions.