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LAGI Glasgow Receives the Nick Reeves AWEinspiring Award

Friday, November 11th, 2016

November 2016
Multi-disciplinary sustainable energy initiative wins CIWEM Arts, Water and the Environment Award

The 2016 award is presented to ecoartscotland and The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) collaboration in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of environmental arts, including the LAGI Glasgow Design Competition.
The judging panel were particularly impressed by the practical orientation and ambitious scope of the initiative, which directly engages with management of the environment. They praised the multi-disciplinary structure of the collaboration, bringing together science, art, design and engineering expertise to tackle the transition to renewable energy in response to climate change, one of our biggest global environmental challenges. The open sharing of ideas and experience which is facilitated by the project will undoubtedly lead to an ultimate impact beyond the scope of the project alone.

The Nick Reeves AWEinspiring Award is presented annually by CIWEM’s Arts and the Environment Network in association with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW). The award celebrates projects or practitioners who have contributed innovatively to CIWEM’s vision of “putting creativity at the heart of environmental policy and action”.

The 2016 judging panel consisted of representatives from CIWEM’s Arts and the Environment Network and CCANW. Special Commendations were also awarded to Tania Kovats for her exhibition ‘Evaporation’ and Chris Watson for his work as a musician, documentarist, communicator and sonic artist.

Dave Pritchard, Chair of CIWEM’s Arts and Environment Network, said: “The quality of nominations for this year’s Award was wonderful. LAGI and ecoartscotland’s work is a superb example of our belief that arts-based approaches offer massive potential for more intelligent ways of responding to environmental challenges”.

Clive Adams, Director of CCANW, said: “Such new forms of collaboration across disciplines are increasingly needed if we are to reach a more harmonious relationship with the rest of nature”.

Directors of The Land Art Generator Initiative, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry said:
“LAGI Glasgow shows how every development can approach early stages of master planning by recognising the natural energy resources that exist within the site (most commonly in the form of sun, wind, and ground/water source heat) and translating them creatively into features that can offset or reduce the need for externalised energy sources, all the while celebrating these climate solutions by making them attractive and engaging places for people.”

ecoartscotland said:
“We are delighted to share the Nick Reeves Award with The Land Art Generator Initiative for the LAGI Glasgow project. This is the art and environment award in the UK and highlights the important partnership we’ve formed aimed at stimulating more interdisciplinary and practical projects between artists, designers, architects and planners working with renewables both at the community and industry levels. Having the national recognition of CIWEM and CCANW is incredibly positive and will be appreciated by our partners – Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals and igloo Regeneration.”

LAGI 2016 Award Ceremony!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Please join us for the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Award Ceremony!

Awards Presented by Eric Corey Freed

10:30 a.m. October 6th
Booth 2051
Los Angeles Convention Center
At Greenbuild 2016

For the duration of the expo days, an exhibition of the entire LAGI 2016 shortlist will be on display in the EXPO HALL (October 5–6).

Thanks to the LA chapter of the US Green Building Council!

Annenberg Community Beach House: LAGI 2016 Events

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Join us at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica for the LAGI 2016 exhibition.

Opening reception for the LAGI 2016 Santa Monica Exhibition
Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 PM at the Annenberg Community Beach House
*Please RSVP by registering for FREE at the Eventbrite Page.

The event will include a roundtable discussion about our future energy and water infrastructures. The panel will including Dean Kubani (Santa Monica’s Chief Sustainability Officer), Rebecca Ehemann (the founder of Green Public Art), Barry Lehrman (Cal Poly Pomina Asst. Professor of Landscape Architecture), and the LAGI directors, Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry.

SXSW Eco 2016

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Land Art Generator Initiative 2016:
Powering Places

Monday, October 10 – Wednesday, October 12
9:00AM – 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St

“Take a walk through the beautiful landscapes of our post-carbon future at the Powering Places exhibition at SXSW Eco and discover how design responses to climate change can also make our cities more vibrant and wonderful places to live. The 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition (LAGI 2016) is the fourth iteration of the biennial event that challenges creatives around the world to conceive of site-specific works of civic art that use renewable energy technologies as their medium, providing electricity and water to thousands of homes, while engaging and inspiring people.”

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

September 2016
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to sit on a panel with Glen Lowry and Chris Fremantle at the Petrocultures conference in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Learn more about the conference here.

From the Petrocultures website:

Approximately a third of all oil and gas production takes place offshore, and this proportion is continually increasing as companies push into ever deeper and more remote locations. Oil is sought and extracted from the Arctic Ocean to the South China Sea, from Bass Strait to the Niger Delta. In addition, oil is a key commodity of seaborne trade. According to recent UN Conference on Trade and Development statistics, nearly three billion metric tons of crude oil, gas, and petroleum products are shipped annually worldwide.

Despite the fact our economies and lifestyles depend so heavily on the oil industry, much of the work and infrastructure associated with it, to say nothing of the deposits themselves, are situated out of plain sight. This relative invisibility makes the cultural imaginaries of oil, particularly deepwater offshore oil, highly powerful. Petrocultures 2016 will provide an important forum for examining such figurations, including how they relate to framings of alternative forms of energy, such as wind and tidal power.

Newfoundland and Labrador is an excellent location from which to contemplate petrocultural matters. The Canadian province is highly dependent on its offshore oil industry, and prone to the ongoing social and economic instability that typically accompanies such reliance. Given Newfoundland and Labrador’s North Atlantic geographic and geological contexts, there are also especially illuminating parallels to be drawn between its experience and that of other offshore oil-producing places in the region, such as Ireland, Scotland, and Norway.

Petrocultures 2016 will bring together scholars, policy-makers, industry employees, artists, and public advocacy groups from across North America and beyond. Confirmed Keynote Speakers include: Barbara Neis (Memorial University); Helge Ryggvik (University of Oslo); Graeme MacDonald (University of Warwick); and, Elizabeth Nyman (University of Louisiana at Lafayette).

Presentation in San Antonio on July 19, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

We will be speaking in San Antonio on the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy on July 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Center for Architecture, 1344 South Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204. The event is co-sponsored by the Land Heritage Institute and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Made possible through support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

There is a nice article in the San Antonio Current, and don’t miss reading this great piece by Penelope Boyer, who has coordinate the event, in the Rivard Report.

The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Land Art Generator Initiative public art proposals will be on display at The Box Gallery as a part of The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest. Thanks to Mary Jo Aagerstoun for including us in the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Friday, July 1, 2016 | 7 p.m.
The Box Gallery
811b- Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

The Box Gallery located at 811b Belvedere Road presents The New American Patriot: Climate Art in the Public Interest Exhibition. This exhibition brings together some of the most powerful artists and artists organizations creating “Art in the Public Interest.” The exhibition is nation-wide artist response to climate change in a wide variety of approaches from visual witticisms and colorful installations, to some very sobering documentary pieces.

The American Patriot celebrates and includes the work of Hot Posse, The Yes Men, Annie Sprinkle, Steve Lambert, Rolando Chang Barrero, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, The Center for Creative Activism, Aviva Rahmani, Overpass Light Brigade, The Climate Action Coalition, Xavier Cortada, Dana Donaty, Birds are Nice, Craig McInnis, Nadia Utto, Bethany Taylor, Roseanne Truxes Livingston, David Peck, Elizabeth Reed, Lloyd Goradesky, The Post Carbon Institute, Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Jesse Etelson, Shawn Robbins, Jerry Lind, Jan Booher, Lane Hall, Joe Brusky, Kim Heise, Marika Stone, Sarah Younger, and others…
7:30 Spoken Performance by Marika Stone.

Green Tease: Land Art Generator Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Green Tease: Land Art Generator Initiative
Where: The Lighthouse, Galleries 4 and 5, Glasgow Scotland
When: June 29, 2016 from 6–7:30 PM

What would a renewable energy project for Glasgow look like if the design process was led by artists, architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, working in collaboration with engineers?

Over the past ten months, three interdisciplinary design teams have worked together on proposals for a new renewable energy generation site in Port Dundas, Glasgow in association with the internationally acclaimed Land Art Generator Initiative. The teams have included artists Alec Finlay, Dalziel + Scullion and public art agency Pidgin Perfect.

Coinciding with an exhibition of the resulting designs at the Lighthouse, you are invited to join Creative Carbon Scotland and partners from Land Art Generator Initiative Glasgow — Chris Fremantle (eco/art/scotland) and Heather Claridge (Glasgow City Council) – for a discussion of the role of creative processes in the development of renewable energy infrastructure in Glasgow.

As part of the ongoing Green Tease series, this event will focus on the potential for collaborative working between cultural and sustainability sectors to affect a wider transition to a more environmentally sustainable Scotland.

You can find out more about the LAGI Glasgow project and partners here.

The event will begin with a viewing of the LAGI Glasgow exhibition in Galleries 4 and 5 of the Lighthouse (from 5:30 – 6pm) followed by a facilitated by a talk and discussion with refreshments provided (6 – 7:30pm).

LAGI Glasgow Exhibition at The Lighthouse

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

LAGI Glasgow Exhibition
The Lighthouse
Glasgow, Scotland
Opens: 9 June
Closes: 29 July 2016

The LAGI Glasgow exhibition showcases the outcomes of the invited design competition for Port Dundas that brings creative solutions for clean energy infrastructure to the brownfield site—the perfect project to combine the sustainable, creative and pioneering vision of Glasgow’s Canal Regeneration Partnership and link in to Glasgow’s response to Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

Energy policy and infrastructure have become critical areas of debate and activism. Scotland has world leading targets for transitioning to renewables as well as conflicting views about land management and ownership and challenges in integrating renewables in to landscapes and communities.

The Land Art Generator Initiative addresses these challenges by involving artists, designers, architects, urban planners and landscape architects in envisaging utility scale renewable energy installations. Bringing together the issues of placemaking with those of renewable energy is a game-changing approach to regeneration.

Three Glasgow creative practices collaborated with international designers to arrive at the proposals on display in the exhibition. Each incorporates renewable energy technologies as the media for the creation of park-like spaces that are integrated into the fabric of the new mixed-use development currently being planned for Dundas Hill. Visitors will be inspired to learn about creative ways to harness the power of natural energies to power our post-carbon economies while enhancing the beauty of our cities and landscapes.

The exhibition also includes outcomes of past LAGI projects for Dubai/Abu Dhabi, New York City, and Copenhagen.

LAGI Testimonial for the CA State Senate, Joint Committee on the Arts

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Joint Committee on the Arts
Senator Ben Allen, Chair
Assembly Member Kansen Chu, Vice Chair

Informational Hearing: “California’s Creative Economy: Annual Update and Regional Breakdowns”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
State Capitol, Room 3191, Sacramento, CA 95814

Elizabeth Monoian (LAGI Co-Director) gave the below testimonial:

Good afternoon Senate and Assembly members of the Joint Committee of the Arts. Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak to you about my experience working in California’s Creative Economy.

The Land Art Generator Initiative has created a platform to re-imagine our future energy landscapes through a creative lens. Inviting interdisciplinary teams around the world to conceive of large-scale public artworks that have the added benefit of producing clean energy at a utility-scale.
In addition to a wide-range of programming we hold an international design competition on a biennial schedule:

Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2010, New York City in 2012, and in 2014 the site was an old shipyard visible from the Little Mermaid in the Copenhagen Harbor—all sites that inherently inspire and bring the greatest minds around the world to the table with the idea that renewable energy infrastructure can also be an enhancement to public space—that cities can meet ambitious carbon goals while creating new and exciting places for recreation and learning.

The outcomes of these past design competitions show that we can begin to think about renewable energy installations as more than just utilitarian objects. *And that by doing so, we can drive innovation and spark imaginations. Inspired by the way grass blades wave in the wind, Windstalk from LAGI 2010 can generate electricity for more than 1,000 homes without rotating turbine blades.

A number of things attracted us to bring LAGI to Southern California in 2016. We knew that renewable energy is a top priority in California. That, paired with the seriousness of the drought led us to choose a coastal site adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier and to expand our design brief to include drinking water harvesting technologies. The City of Santa Monica is a great partner to the project and the site is inspiring the world to imagine what our renewable energy and sustainable water future can aspire to be in its constructed form. *The competition closes in four days and in October we will announce the winning design at Greenbuild 2016 at the LA Convention Center and at an exhibition in Santa Monica.

For every competition we create unique educational materials like our Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, Art+Energy Flash Cards, and others. Last year we launched a Youth Prize for middle school and high school students, with the intention of building a global community of young people equipped to design our energy landscapes. We were thrilled when we were invited to speak by the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) to the School Board meeting in the Antelope Valley of California, and overwhelmed by the reception we received. Donita Winn the Chair of the School Board, declared that the Antelope Valley was going to win! She took this seriously and reached out to the high schools throughout the valley encouraging them to participate. MOAH helped coordinate workshops, presentations, and meetings with many area schools.

The Creative Economy is what results when public policy is put in place to nurture a social environment ripe for innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration. This requires expanding public access to the arts and humanities and increasing opportunities for education that does not forsake art and creativity for a focus on math and science. Within the context of the work that we do, they all should exist together in a continuum of research and practice.

Science and technology provides the framework for the artistic and educational practice of the Land Art Generator Initiative. At the same time we are closing the loop on the art-science continuum as the design outcomes of LAGI influence the way that scientists and engineers see their work.

Biologist E.O. Wilson in The Meaning of Human Existence(1) makes a point about what is our most important possession as a species and concludes that it is the humanities rather than our scientific achievements. In fact, the sciences need the humanities in order to continue to advance. In the search for breakthroughs, scientific teams are expanding and becoming more academically diverse. Further advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, and energy science will all require creative thinking and a strong ethical foundation to ensure that they are aligned with our cultural values. This requires that the scientists of tomorrow find their education steeped deeply in the arts and humanities today.

The Land Art Generator Initiative is founded on this notion. To that end we provide project-based learning through programs like our Art+Energy Camps. The Camps provide participating youth with critical skills in STEAM subjects by implementing the design/engineering process for innovative solutions and built outcomes that provide sustainable energy to communities.

Providing STEM education to middle school and high school youth using the ARTS as the delivery vehicle is an engaging way to instill an early interest in the scientific method, provide useful technical skills, and introduce systems thinking. These are the types of skills that can help youth create positive change in their own neighborhoods and put them on a path toward innovative and fulfilling careers.

We held our first Art+Energy Camp in 2015 in Pittsburgh and this summer we are thrilled to be working closely with the Museum of Art+History in Lancaster, CA to bring this programming to youth in the Antelope Valley. Through the course of 4-weeks the 2016 LAGI Art+Energy Camp will provide youth with an education in energy science, climate science, art, design, and solar power. Youth will follow the design process to arrive at a pragmatic solution for a work of public art that generates clean energy utilizing solar panels for a roundabout in Lancaster, CA.

According to a recent report highlighted by the World Economic Forum(2), as automation continues to change the workplace, the highest valued skills are increasingly dominated by creativity, critical thinking, complex problem solving, cognitive flexibility, and emotional intelligence—all qualities that require the arts to be integrally interwoven into the fabric of our lives.

We are fortunate to be working in California, a state where this important conversation is being taken very seriously. Thank you all for the work that you are doing to increase support for the arts to the benefit of people and economic progress. We look forward to future projects in this State and to the opportunity to construct many of the design ideas you saw here today so that they can contribute to California’s renewable energy portfolio while attracting people from around the world to these new civic art inventions.


LAGI Founding Co-Directors, Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry

LAGI at University of Warwick

Monday, May 9th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry will be speaking at the University of Warwick
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 June 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30
WHERE: The University of Warwick (Room MS.04 Zeeman Building), Coventry, United Kingdom

Balance-Unbalance 2016

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

LAGI’s Co-Director Robert Ferry will be a Keynote Speaker
BunB 2016: “Data Science + Eco Action
Manizales, Colombia
May 11, 2016

BunB 2016: Data Science + Eco Action
“How can we extract knowledge from large volumes of environmental and related data? How that can be used in benefit of the human society? What should we change in our thinking and in our behaviour? Individual vs community vs global: What matters? Why big or complex data is so relevant to our daily life? How the capture, analysis, curation, sharing, storage… and control of large data could rapidly change our world? What positive sides does it have? What not so positive, and even risks does it have? What data science has to do with humanitarian organizations? And with electronic art?

We want to inspire explorations of how artists can participate in this major challenge of our ecological crisis. We need to use creative tools and transdisciplinary action to create perceptual, intellectual and pragmatic changes. We want to discuss our proposals for the future from a diversity of cultural perspectives and socio-economic situations with open minds.”

More here >

LAGI Lecture at Arizona State University

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry
The Aesthetic Influence of Renewable Energy Infrastructures on Public Space
School of Arts, Media and Engineering: Digital Culture Speaker Series
Arizona State University
April 21, 2016 3:00

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Starting from the assumption that a transition to 100% renewable energy will happen over the coming generations (and no time too soon), we will inevitably begin to see a greater proliferation of clean energy generation infrastructures within urban and suburban environments. Embracing this fact, the time is now to proactively address the influence of these new machines on city planning, urban design, zoning ordinances, and building codes. When envisioning cities of the future, we would like to imagine potential futures in which the aesthetic influence of clean energy technologies has been intentionally designed into a well-planned city, rather than a future in which utilitarian devices have been affixed to surfaces as an afterthought.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is leading the global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. Recent trends in public acceptance of renewable energy have shown that resistance to a transition from fossil fuel dependence often takes refuge in arguments that hinge on questions of aesthetics. Meanwhile, the “gloom and doom” narrative of climate activism (rising sea levels, increasing storm intensities, corral bleaching, mass extinction, desertification), while based in scientific fact, can sometimes be polarizing to effective political change.

By presenting examples of utility-scale renewable energy infrastructures as public art, LAGI is helping to inspire the general public about the beauty of our sustainable future, and showing policy makers and city planners that net-positive energy installations can be placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues while they help to power the grid.

The presentation will show how interdisciplinary collaboration is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments and point out the reciprocal role of society in defining the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure itself.

LAGI Lecture at Solar City

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry
Speaking on the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy
April 19, 1:00
Solar City
6569 Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 200
Las Vegas, Nevada

LAGI Lecture in Kampala Uganda

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

LAGI Directors will be presenting to students and faculty of Makerere University in Kampala Uganda.
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology

Las Vegas Weekly

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Thank you Pam Stuckey at Renewable Envoy for inviting us to speak and to everyone who attended last evening’s discussion at Las Vegas City Council Chambers. The event received a very welcome notice in Las Vegas Weekly:

In 2010 the Land Art Generator Initiative held its first international design competition for innovative and art-based solutions to the renewable energy landscape. Teams from more than 40 countries submitted ideas and concepts, from sculptural wind turbines, solar pyramids and solar carpets to minimalist fields designed to harvest natural energy.

Tonight LAGI’s co-founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be discussing the role of technology in art at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers. Public Art within the Urban Fabric of a Sustainable Future, hosted by Southern Nevada’s Renewable Envoy, is part of LAGI’s focus: Renewable energy infrastructures placed harmoniously within our urban and suburban landscapes through collaborations between architects, artists, scientists and engineers. Capture, convert, transform and transmit.

Tonight’s presentation comes amid LAGI’s fourth biannual international competition (held this year in Santa Monica), which is currently seeking innovative ideas for harvesting energy and generating clean water through May 15. February 16, 6 p.m. Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.

LAGI Lecture in Las Vegas

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Public art within the urban fabric of a sustainable future

The renewable energy revolution will have a resounding influence on the design of public space in the coming decades. The Land Art Generator Initiative is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed environments.

Renewable Envoy invites you to a presentation on renewable energy and art by LAGI Co-Founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian.

Location: Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Time: 6pm
Date: February 16, 2016

Museum of Art & History (MOAH): Green Revolution

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Green Revolution at Museum of Art & History
Several LAGI submissions from past competitions are on display from February 13 – April 17 at the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) in Lancaster, California.
Exhibition Title: Green Revolution
Opening Reception: February 20, 2016
Location: 665 West Lancaster BLVD, Lancaster CA 93534
Learn more here >