Natalie LovelessNatalie Loveless of the University of Alberta will discuss the role of art in addressing global warming in a free public lecture Jan. 9.

Speaker to call for creative responses to global warming

In addition to technological innovation and political and economic reorganization, dealing with climate catastrophe and ecological genocide will require social and cultural shifts, says Natalie Loveless.

An associate professor of the history of art, design, and visual culture at the University of Alberta, Dr. Loveless will argue for the importance of a multi-sensorial understanding of ecological ethics in a free public lecture, entitled “On the Politics of the Form: Art and/in the Anthropocene,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Multimedia Studio, Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts.

“Art seeds the critical and speculative imaginations needed to trouble our current ways of living and dying,” she says. “What art contributes at this critical historical moment is skill in creating aesthetic and affective spaces within which we not only reflect on what is so but to work on imagining and modeling things otherwise.”

In her forthcoming book, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation, Loveless examines debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means to make and teach art research in the North American university today.

The Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts is located on Freedom Way between University Ave. and Park St. This event is presented by the Propeller Project in partnership with the Incubator lab and the Humanities Research Group.

The Propeller Project is a new collaborative group supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with the aim of promoting research-creation, combining creative and academic practice. For more information, contact professor Kim Nelson at