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New Nature: A Climate Change Exchange

2020-05-25 - 2020-05-28

Clusters: Milieux

New Nature is a year-long exchange between 25 leading climate scientists, artists, producers, and creators working on the forefront of immersive technologies, initiated by the Goethe-Institute of Montreal, in partnership with the Milieux Institute and others.

Originally planned as an on-site event in Montreal, the project is now kicking off online from Monday May 25 through Thursday May 28. The weeklong event will feature public keynotes, online film screenings, and artist talks.

Monday, May 25Opening Keynote by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Moderated by Ian Mauro, followed by a Q&A session

Tuesday, May 26Artist Talk: Architect Nerea Calvillo in conversation with Environmental Researcher Nick Shapiro

More details about events and speakers are available on the Goethe-Institut website: goethe.de/canada/newnature

New Nature seeks to open up new perspectives, by integrating emerging and immersive media — such as public and virtual installations, projections, and virtual, augmented and mixed reality — with future-oriented forms of science and climate storytelling. The exchange brings together leaders from Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United States by creating an ideal setting for networking, and forging lasting connections for collaboration and co-production. Through strong partnerships with funders, exhibitors, and media outlets, New Nature encourages co-productions and joint cultural projects between creative professionals in all four countries.


The New Nature project focuses on the shared and yet invisible element of air to address the imminent necessity to reimagine our relationship to nature. New Nature focuses on visions of desirable futures and collective imaginaries of how we might reroute disaster and reinvent our relationship to the natural world. New Nature seeks also to collectively and creatively reflect about the current situation facing the global outbreak of COVID-19: such concepts as global pandemics, airborne pathogens, interspecies infections, correlations of disease and environmental destruction/climate change, exposure and vulnerable populations, as well as the emotional and social fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

New Nature is a project by the Goethe-Institut, realized with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.


Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology, an interdisciplinary graduate research institute for research-creation in new media arts, digital culture and information technology at Concordia University.

Phi Centre in Montreal, a multifunctional centre where art can express itself in its various forms of art, film, music, design and technology.

National Film Board Digital Studio in Montreal, one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences.

Retune – Creative Technology Platform, a biennial event at the intersection of Art, Design, and Technology in Berlin.

Massive Science, a content and media company operating worldwide and delivering bleeding-edge scientific research and expertise.

The Museum of the Moving Image – Science on Screen in New York City.


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