A NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATION
ACTIVATE was created to serve as a home for our own initiatives and as a platform for the presentation of projects that share the aim of using art to activate people around the urgent issues of our time. The organization was conceived with the intention that a perspective of the world through the arts can connect and communicate ideas that engage with the many pressing concerns of the moment, while also promoting a culture of conscientiousness, a greater awareness of our everyday practices and predispositions, and accordingly, a greater respect for the earth.
The future calls for a greater awareness of our environment and a better understanding of our planet.
Water is central to the debates around the ongoing visible changes to our environment and the impact of continued human intervention. The increasingly evident relationship between the world’s growing water crisis to climate change, to global warming, food security, and also to political instability and conflict,
have made the discussion of these inter-connections both crucial and urgent.
THE WATER PROJECTS
The first art initiative to be hosted by ACTIVATE is an ongoing series of Water Projects that began several years ago. Part of this series is the art exhibition THE POLITICS OF WATER - the first ever presentation of its scale topically, and scope aesthetically, devoted entirely to the subject of global water politics. The art works and projects included in this show illustrate the innovation within contemporary artistic responses to this growing global issue, and the extent to which diverse disciplines and fields of research have converged in current art practices.
Moreover, this initiative reveals both to the public and to decision-makers not only the critical role water plays in the environmental climate change debate but also the effect of global politics surrounding the protection, access, ownership, and distribution of the world’s water resources.
ESSAYS ON WATER
As part of our larger objective of sharing information around the urgent concerns of our time, our participatory platform ACTIVATE | DISCUSSIONS presents our first series of publications - around the topic of water. As water-related issues around the world are interconnected on countless levels,
these essays engage with the many aspects of this subject, from water’s social, cultural and aesthetic manifestations, to climate change, the escalating pressures on water security worldwide, and the power struggles that limited access to water creates between communities and between nations.
In an effort to inform our audience about current discussions in global water politics, our latest Issue addresses the socio-politically and environmentally controversial water-transfer project, the "Turkey to Occupied Cyprus Sub-Sea Water Pipeline" that was inaugurated on 17 October 2015.
The EM/MENA Project
(Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa)
first presented as:
Environmental Challenges of Regional Urban Centers →
(in the 'Cities Exhibition' of the Seoul Biennale)
Water, Food Security, and the Future of Agriculture →
(in the 'Thematic Exhibition' of the Seoul Biennale)
Our present time represents a moment in which the urgent need for shared global commitment and action has become imperative.
Each one of our individual efforts to become actively engaged - in addressing our collective problems, in proposing solutions for the years to come - may assist in calling attention to the need for cooperation and sharing, between disciplines, nations, and between people.
For the good of our common futures.
How can we all contribute?
We can keep trying to find new ways to connect, to communicate with each other effectively and creatively in order to activate art, and to activate people.
Landing page and banner image: Alfredo Jaar's 'Geography = War' (1991), installation at Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul 2014