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Artists and Scientists to Collaborate in New Project

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Artists and Scientists to Collaborate in New Project

University of Iceland

University of Iceland. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Institute of Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland and the Iceland Academy of the Arts recently received a ISK 26 million (USD 217,000, EUR 170,000) grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers to conduct a new project.

The project, titled KONNECT, will bring together young artists and renowned environmental and sustainability scientists in a series of workshops to be conducted in the Nordic countries.

The project aims to raise awareness of environmental developments in order to create political pressure for policy through connecting scientists with young and growing artists so that they can exchange ideas and understanding and jointly create multidisciplinary methods of communication.

“With the artist’s emphasis on ways to embrace the unknown, artistic expression or design inspired by science and pressing environmental issues is bound to lead to new ways of interacting with the public and generate interest and understanding among those that scientific discourse does not reach otherwise,” a press release reads.

The first workshop will be carried out in Iceland in the fall of 2015.

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