Artists: the storytellers of the 21st century, the last lecture within the series Food for Thought that Farm of the World is organising this year, zooms in on visual art at the intersection with ecology. As a society we are starting to realize that some of our major environmental challenges are catalyzed by our fossil-fuel reliant lifestyles and consumer behaviors. The manifestation might be loss of biodiversity, the collapse of ecosystems, acidification of oceans, extinction of species and climate change but at the heart of the problem lays human greed, the illusion of separation, apathy and selfishness. We are in need of a re-newed relationship to our natural environment; a cultural and spiritual transformation. This is what art can do: it can speak to people in a heartfelt, complex, activist, human, non-commercial, engaging, critical, and/or fun way. More and more artists recognise this power and responsibility and see the agency they have as storytellers of the 21st century. After all, facts and figures have no power against a story, when we hear a compelling story- we listen.

Farm of the World has invited two speakers who have worked internationally at this intersection of art and ecology, showcasing a wealth of examples in which art has played a transformative role; curator Yasmine Ostendorf, Head of Jac. P. Thijsse Lab for Nature Research at Van Eyck and founder of the Green Art Lab Alliance and Rain Wu, visual artist and currently resident at the Van Eyck.

The lectures are in English. The afternoon is from 15.00 to 17.00. For more information or to order tickets, please see here.