WEBINAR: Action Stories: Reaffirming Engagement. Environmental Lunctime Discussion
Artist and activist Jordan Seiler talks us through his text ´Reaffirming Engagement´, which considers the artistic and activist strategies of ´subvertising´ as a means of breathing life back into our streets post-covid-19. In particular, he´ll shed light on how this form of civil disobedience challenges the dominant narratives presented to us in our shared public spaces, and how a civic-media alternative is beneficial to the health and well-being of a city and its inhabitants.
Photo: Mads Pålsrud
Reaffirming Engagement: Breathing life back into our streets post-covid-19:
About the presenter
Jordan Seiler (b. 1979, US) is a New York-based artist and activist working with issues of advertising and collective agency in public space. Since the early 2000s, Seiler has coopted billboards and advertising spaces to display his own work and has notoriously orchestrated large-scale 'takeovers' to draw attention to the overwhelming amount of advertising in public space as well as to bring into question the ownership of that space.
About the Action Stories miniseries
This webinar is the second in a series of three lunchtime discussions co-hosted by Growlab and Oslo School of Environmental Humanities to mark the launch of Action Stories: a new online platform that aims to explore and convey through essays, interviews, artworks and actions how the covid-19 crisis could re-calibrate socio-ecological thinking and our individual and collective relationship to nature and each other.
Action Stories launched in March 2021 with a series of six newly-commissioned texts and artworks by Liisa-Rávná Finbog, Anders Sunna, Jordan Seiler, Bill Posters, Sarah Prosser and Amy Franceschini covering three distinct but interrelated topics: Indigeneity and the Green Return; Urban Commons; and Radical Economies.
About the event series
The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.