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About Human/Nature

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet is a pioneering artist residency and collaborative exhibition project that, for the first time on this scale, uses contemporary art to investigate the changing nature of some of the most biodiverse regions on earth and the communities that inhabit those regions.

Organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), in partnership with the international conservation organization Rare, Human/Nature sent eight of the world’s most thoughtful and innovative artists to eight UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites around the globe for two mini-residencies.

Through harnessing the power of art, we hope to build global support for the protection of environmental biodiversity, and to create a new model promoting conservation worldwide. The project will address many themes, including: the relationship between the natural environment and human culture; assumptions about the value of preserving biological and cultural diversity; and global exploration and exchange.

Human/Nature features new commissioned, site-specific works by Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Rigo 23, Dario Robleto, Diana Thater, and Xu Bing. Several of the artists’ projects were created with the input and skills of artisans living at the sites, and incorporate traditional materials and methods specific to the sites. The works will form a traveling exhibition on view from August 17, 2008, through February 1, 2009, at MCASD, and from April 1 through September 27, 2009, at BAM/PFA. The exhibitions will be accompanied by an artists’ book and extensive public education programs at both museums.

Concept Video

Produced by Lidia Rossner and Alexander Rossner, Jason Houston: Kenya; Djuna Ivereigh: Indonesia.

Introductory Video

Produced by Henry Corra (Corra Films) and Alexandra Rome. Please note: Rare Art was the working title for Human Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet.