A multidisciplinary exploration of wildfire, and its relationship with people and the planet.
Wednesday 1st March 2023
Science Gallery London
15:30-18:30 and 18:30-20:30
Wildfires are one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, affecting nearly every continent on Earth, from Australia to as far north as the Arctic. But wildfires are a complex puzzle – they are a source of destruction, but also an ecosystem service, and an important part of Earth’s history and human society.
Knowledge of wildfires, through space and time, is ever growing, created through science, art and culture, and sometimes the meeting between them. ‘Stolen Climate: Global Perspectives of Fire on Earth’ will bring together some of these different knowledges to explore how we understand wildfires today – from their interaction with the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, to the relationship between colonialism and fire management policies. Join us to discuss these issues with scientists and artists, including a world preview of the artwork ‘Stolen Climate’, by artist, and Torres Strait Islander, Clinton Naina.
15:30 – 18:30: A series of talks exploring our understanding of wildfires from multiple perspectives
18:30 – 20:30: Drinks reception, launch of ‘Stolen Climate’ and Q&A with artist Clinton Naina, with artist researcher Dr Chris Fremantle, and Professor in Geography, Jay Mistry.
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This event is hosted by the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society, with Arts Cabinet and the Centre of Visual Art (University of Melbourne). With thanks to Menzies Australia Institute, King’s College London, Schenberg Trust and the Science Gallery London for their additional support.