The Artists & Climate Change’s Core Team is comprised of five artists representing four disciplines and three countries:
Chantal Bilodeau (founder & EDitor)
Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of art, science, policy, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, an organization that uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create a positive vision of the future, and inspire people to take action, and a co-founder of the international Climate Change Theatre Action project, a biennial series of worldwide readings and performances of climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations COP meetings. Awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. Her work has been presented at theaters, universities, and science/policy conferences across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Italy and Norway.
Susan Hoffman Fishman is a public artist, painter, writer and educator whose work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the U.S. All of her public art installations and mixed media paintings concern current social and political issues. Susan’s latest bodies of work focus on the threat of rising tides caused by climate change, the trillions of pieces of plastic in our oceans and the wars that are predicted to occur in the future over access to clean water.
Susan is also the co-creator of two on-going, socially engaged public art projects: The Wave, a national installation which addresses our mutual need for and interdependence on water and Home, which calls attention to homelessness and the on-going need for affordable housing in our cities and towns. The Wave has been installed to date in 24 museums, galleries, parks, schools and festivals.
Julia Levine is a theatre artist and producer based in New York City. Originally from the Midwestern U.S., Julia’s work involves collaborative processes and explorations of the twenty-first century, with particular attention to environmental concerns. She is Artistic Producer of The Arctic Cycle and a co-organizer with Climate Change Theatre Action. As a director, Julia has assisted on various performance projects with companies that consider political and cultural topics, including Theater In Asylum, Honest Accomplice Theatre, and Superhero Clubhouse. Julia is on the Marketing team at HERE, and has worked administratively for The Foundry Theatre, The TEAM, and the International Human Rights Art Festival. Julia creates with her performance-based initiative, The UPROOT Series, to bring questions of food, climate, and justice into everyday life.
For the last 7 years, writer/curator YASMINE OSTENDORF (MA) has been doing research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more balanced, sustainable and resilient societies and ecologies. She has worked extensively on international cultural mobility programs and on the topic of art and environment, for expert organizations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Bamboo Curtain Studio (TW), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organizations in Europe and Asia that explore, question, and address our social and environmental responsibility. She is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (SG) and the Ecologic Institute (DE). She is an associate curator for the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (UK) and of Valley of the Possible; a refugio for art and research in Patagonia (CL). Begin 2017 she was appointed the Head of the Lab for Nature Research at the Van Eyck Academy (NL) and amongst other things initiated the Van Eyck Food Lab. In 2019, she will expand the Green Art Lab Alliance into South-America, starting with a curatorial residency at Capacete (BR).
Recent exhibitions include Non-Human Narratives, stories of bacteria, fungi and viruses (Van Eyck 2017), The Big Invisible (Kunst Haus Wien 2017/2018) and Organic Theater (C-Platform Xiamen, China 2018).
Joan Sullivan is a Canadian renewable energy photographer. Since 2009, Joan has found her artistic voice on the construction sites of utility-scale wind and solar projects. Her goal is to help others visualize – to imagine – what a post-carbon world will look like. Joan is currently working on a photo book about Canada’s energy transition. She also collaborates with filmmakers on documentary films that explore the human side of the energy transition. Her renewable energy photographs have been exhibited in group shows in Canada, the UK and Italy. You can find Joan on Twitter and Instagram.