About Balance-UnBalance 2017
  A Sense of Place

We are living in a world that is reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy that our society needs to maintain or improve its lifestyle, and the interconnected economies that could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a completely new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as 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 the speed and depth of transformations compared with today’s sudden changes. The frequent occurrence and severity that certain weather and climate-related events are showing us is increasing, and the ability of human beings to modify adjacent surroundings as well as distant places have turned into a power capable of altering the planet.

The arts can play a major role in helping the global society understand the magnitude of the crisis we are facing and in promoting the awareness of environmental matters. The arts can also be a vehicle in disseminating proposals able to produce changes in our behavior and decisions and in influencing our chances for the future. Artists can also promote inter- and transdisciplinary actions, focusing on our responsibility regarding the turning point we are living in and defining the future of human life on Earth.

 
A Sense of Place will take place in the UK, in Plymouth and across the South West Peninsula

 
Our increasingly mediated relationship with the environment brings new insights to the invisible forces that affect complex ecologies. From meteorological data flows to temporal climate change models, our relationship with our environment is becoming more abstract, simulated and remote – tempering our desire to act. Could it be that we know more and experience less? Balance-UnBalance 2017 maps the coordinates of our sense of place, the horizontal landscape to the vertical transcalar spaces of the macro/micro.

 
The Immersive Vision Theatre is a transdisciplinary instrument for a display of material worlds and imaginary worlds in virtual reality

 
The Balance-Unbalance conference will 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.

 
Eden site where artificial biomes are full of plants from around the world

 
Balance-Unbalance is 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.