As an interdisciplinary institute, IIASA researchers are used to working across disciplinary boundaries. As a policy-focused research center, IIASA is regularly in contact with policymakers and stakeholders. Yet it is rare even in an institute like IIASA to reach outside the walls of science and policy into other areas of society like the arts, even though much could be gained from such interactions.
Based on the realisation that science needs a new kind of language to reach people and help them internalise the concept of sustainability, the IIASA Science & Art initiative has developed a method to create research projects involving artists and scientists with the objective to transmit key scientific findings to society and internalise sustainable thinking. The resulting productions aim to drive sustainable transformation of the way people think and act through active learning and experience.
For instance, we have created stories based on facts about climate change, so people can make sense of them. We have turned theories such as the mechanisms of cooperation into choreography on stage, so people can see them in action. We have turned data, such as temperature rise into music, so people can hear and feel it. We have also grappled with ethical dilemmas created through new knowledge such as population growth and migration by turning them into physical theatre games and involving the audience in the solution finding process.
Systems analysis is a problem-solving process that seeks to understand individual elements, and how they might interact, while accounting for the system as a whole. This brochure explores the role art can play in this process, and how it might contribute to a global transformation to sustainability.
26 November 2018 - 27 November 2018
Gloria Benedikt contributes to the Tenth International Forum of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO. More
25 September 2018 - 27 September 2018
“Dancing with the Future” is the latest IIASA production that pushes the boundaries of art and science, fusing dance, evolutionary dynamics, and an interactive game. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) of Harvard University, USA, are collaborating on this interdisciplinary project. More
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