In June 2012, fifteen artists came together for Vivarium 1, a four-day project of The University of British Columbia’s Eco Art Incubator. Artists worked in small groups and created a cluster of eco art displays and events on Knox Mountain. The artists were:
Eco Art Incubator student artists
The 15 local artists were selected for their long-term commitment to making art in the Okanagan, and who have some demonstrated interest in eco-art. These artists were invited to take part in a four-day practicum in eco-art, culminating in collaborative projects that are created in response to a specific location in Kelowna: Knox Mountain.
The long-term goal of this particular initiative and of the Eco Art Incubator in general is to make the Okanagan the hotbed of eco art production in Canada. Vivarium was intended to accomplish the following: 1) during the four days of the workshop, to create ephemeral but also potentially long-lasting art works on a specific ecological issue; 2) through contact and collaboration with Canada's most renowned community-based eco art curator, to enhance local artists' art processes around environmental issues; 3) through follow-up plans and events, to begin the process of developing an active group of local artists willing to participate in long-term eco art and community-based art projects throughout the region and in the City of Kelowna in particular.
Vivarium 1 is also funded and supported with an Arts, Culture, and Heritage grant from the City of Kelowna.
"Ecological Art, or EcoArt, is not simply art about, or in, the environment, but is work that addresses the well-being of ecosystems, the impacts humans have within ecosystems, the kind of relationships we have with the places where we dwell, and the other species with whom we share these places."
Beth Carruthers (2006) "Art as Ecology"
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