At COP27, Artists Are Installing Their Work to Urge Heads of State to Act on Climate Change, δημοσίευση στο Artnet News [10/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
A 2011 study found that people’s attitudes toward climate change differ depending on the temperatures they are experiencing at the time—that those sitting in, say, a hot office are more likely to consider global warming a critical threat.
Now, at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, a new art installation literalizes this phenomenon. The idea, according to the project’s description, is to “make people feel like stakeholders in our collective future and to drive action towards making change possible.”
The artwork, called Heaven & Hell in the Anthropocene, comprises a pair of identical-looking rooms. Inside, visitors are confronted with drastically different sights, sounds, temperatures, and smells, depending on which of the two spaces they opted to enter. One room represents heaven, the other hell.
“For many, the perception of eternity is divided between the two poles of heaven in hell,” explained artist Bahia Shehab, who conceived the installation in collaboration with the creative studio Fine Acts.
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