- 13 March 2009 - 31 May 2009
Climate for Change is a unique experiment in activism, engagement and networking, examining the multiple crises affecting the planet from ecological to financial, food to housing. Multiple crises are affecting the planet - from ecological to financial, food to housing. Climate for Change is an exhibition conceived as a response to Liverpool's Year of the Environment, yet it is impossible now to discuss the environment without contextualizing it within a wider frame of power, money and politics.
What happens when the neo-liberal order begins to unravel? Who is the new enemy? Moreover, how do we enter into this debate normally reserved for the geo-political elite?
With this backdrop, Climate for Change eschews the idea of an eco-art exhibition in favour of the establishment of a space for collective discourse and action, holistically addressing the debate about the environment. The exhibition is focused on an experiment in FACT's main gallery that uses the 'social centre' as a model, inviting groups to use FACT's space and resources to host their own events and workshops. These groups participate in what writer Simon Yuill calls distributive practices: "a 'way of doing' that seeks to propagate the knowledge and resources through which it is generated, and which itself also generates, so that others may adopt and adapt it". Influencing as well as being influenced by networked technology:
"The principle of distributiveness entails that the practice should be self-legitimating, adoption of the practice should not be dependent on passing tests, acquiring certification or the approval of governing bodies. A distributive practice is not a doctrine or discipline, with a set of canonical principles to be adhered to, nor does it require institutional representation, such as an academic qualification, martial art, or religious practice might. It allows for unplanned future mutations and re-inventions rather than seeking to guard against them." Simon Yuill, Survival Scrapbooks (http://www.metamute.org,March 2006)
This exhibition suggests that distributive practices create networks of individuals with experience in selforganising; providing the confidence and feeding the imaginations that could form the foundation for real change for the environment and beyond, while contributing to current struggles and solutions.
There is a climate for change in the air. The 21st century has finally hit and affected two global giants - 'peak oil' implies the hydrocarbon economy is on its last legs, while the collapse of international finance shows that 'peak credit' has also arrived. The question is: what is our collective response?