Ricardo Dal Farra

Ricardo Dal Farra is founder and director of Balance-Unbalance (BunB), an international conference designed to use ART as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

Balance-Unbalance conferences bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, management and policy experts, sociologists and engineers from across the world with the intent of engendering a deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis.

The concept:

We are living in a world that is reaching a critical point. The equilibrium in a healthy environment, with its interconnected economies and the energy that our society needs to maintain or improve its lifestyle, could pass more quickly than expected. In that situation, a current complex balance could transform to a completely new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be creative as never before to survive.

Environmental problems, economic uncertainty, and political complexity have been around for a long time. What was different before was a slower speed of transformations compared with today’s urgent changes. At this point, the frequent occurrence and severity of weather and climate-related events is increasing. At the same time, the ability of human beings to modify their surroundings close and far has created a power potentially capable of altering the planet.

The arts can play a major role in helping a global population understand the nature and magnitude of the crises we are facing and in promoting greater awareness of our environment. The arts can provide a vehicle to disseminate proposals for change in our behavior and decision-making, hopefully improving our chances for the future. The arts can direct our attention towards the future of human life on Earth.

July 7, 2017
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