Introducing The Greenverse
We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from The British Council and The Korea Foundation (KF), who invited applications for a creative commission which integrates art, science and digital technology and responds to climate change. This commission is part of the cultural programme for P4G Seoul Summit held in Seoul in May 2021 and the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow in November 2021. Our project, The Greenverse, was jointly submitted by Watershed, Art Center Nabi and artists Bang & Lee. The Greenverse is a combination of the words Green and Metaverse, meaning a virtual world for a better planet.
As a digital platform, The Greenverse will invite global audiences to explore and experience artistic ideas on climate change. Taking the form of an online world, its landscape will be populated with creative outputs made by young people during a Creative Camp. The aim of The Greenverse is to share ideas that propel the environmental movement and kickstart ideas that protect our planet.
The online Creative Camp will support young people in Korea and the UK, amplifying their voices through supporting, shaping and sharing their ideas on the climate crisis. Art Center Nabi and Watershed in collaboration with Bristol+Bath Creative R+D will recruit six young artists, three from Korea and three from Bath in the UK, and bring them together in a five-day Camp with a wider group of artists, technologists and environmental scientists. Practitioners will be supported to exchange ideas and create moving images, sound works, interactive web designs and more. These works will be showcased within The Greenverse.
Victoria Tillotson, Talent Development Lead at Watershed says:
“Supporting young artists to share important ideas through creativity lies at the heart of Watershed’s Rife Magazine, our fantastic platform for the opinions of Bristol’s young people. We are now thrilled to build on this work with Art Centre Nabi, Bang & Lee and Bristol+Bath Creative R+D. Connecting young people, ideas and opinions from across continents and amplifying young voices on climate to a global audience. We cannot wait to see what they create.”
Bang & Lee Art Showcase
Alongside The Greenverse, artists Bang & Lee will showcase a media-based work tentatively titled ‘A Prelude to Noji’ in Seogwipo, Jeju. The work will focus on sustainable materials, renewable energy and local biodiversity and will connect virtual and physical space suggesting collective action and participation.
Artist Jayoung Bang from Bang & Lee says:
"The Greenverse comes at a point where we stand on a rocking bridge between past and future generations. It is an exciting, challenging and necessary project. We are very honoured to be a part of it, to share ideas and develop new work to raise awareness of climate change together with young artists, Art Center Nabi and Watershed!”
When will it happen?
The Creative Camp will take place in the first weeks of October. The Greenverse and A Prelude to Noji will then launch in a special event physically in Jeju, South Korea and online in The Greenverse on Wednesday 27 October 2021. We would love for you to come along, wherever you are in world. More info on how to join in coming soon!