On April 4, 2019 Ingeborg Reichle will give a talk on art and disruption in the Age of Climate Change at the UCLA California
NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) in Los Angeles. The symposium, exhibition and accompanying events aim to envision a future in
which arts and design are understood to be central to the success of every complex problem. Focus in the program will be to
highlight the importance of art research and education, particularly in times of climate change and social unrest. It is through
the arts that the scope of human experience in creativity, innovation, empathy, culture, and knowledge is learned, expressed,
and distributed, both for the common good and the development of the individual. By highlighting collaborative research between
artists and humanists, scientists and other researchers and scholars, the symposium will attempt to demonstrate the important
role of art research in academia at this important juncture.
The symposium will also address some of the thorny issues that arise when faculty work across traditional modes of scholarship
and chart new territory in their practice. Even in universities where there is enthusiasm about interdisciplinary research,
many faculty who bridge different fields find that promotion policies do not always value some of the most innovative aspects
of their work. How does this influence curricular decisions and what are the implications for the students, faculty and the
community, and what are the implications in time of climate change and social unrest?
At the invitation of Dr. Gerald Bast, the Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the UCLA Art Sci center is helping
coordinate the traveling exhibition that is addressing art & research and will be presenting it at the Building Bridges Art
Exchange (BBAX) gallery at the Bergamot station in Santa Monica. With interdisciplinary collaborations that span beyond the
artistic disciplines, crossing boundaries into the humanities and the sciences, the role of the artist as a catalyst becomes
a critical issue to consider. This is particularly true for research universities where traditionally the arts have not been
given the same importance or weight as other disciplines.