British artist Michael Pinsky has been selected for a commission with Climart, a research project studying the impact of visual art on perceptions of climate change.
Pinsky, whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces, will work with researchers at Climart for approximately twelve months. He will collaborate with an interdisciplinary research team to develop a public artwork in Trondheim, Norway, that will embody aspects of the research and create a platform to test significance, affect and impact.
“I am excited by the prospect of being engaged with the Climart Project,” said Pinsky. “Many of my projects have involved close collaboration with cross-disciplinary partners including scientists, engineers, health professionals and urban planners. I have found these collaborations both enriching and inspiring, and I anticipate that the researchers involved in the Climart Project will profoundly influence and develop my artistic thinking.”
Climart is a four-year research project that examines the underlying psychological mechanisms involved in both the production and reception of visual art and uses these findings in an attempt to unite the natural science to the visual arts. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is housed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
Climart conducted an open call for applications for the commission, and required that the selected artist have experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration, art that is responsive to a discourse and research, and engagement with climate change.
Project leader Christian A. Klöckner said, “We are very excited to collaborate with Michael in our project because he has created very impactful artwork before and he is an artist that has always been very interested in the collaboration between science and art. I am convinced that in the discussions with him we will both create an outstanding work of art and get a new perspective on the scientific work we do.”
Installation of the work in Trondheim will take place in summer 2017.
For more information on the project, please visit www.climart.info