Chinatown Climate Exploration / Ling Tan

15th February - 30th April 2021

Chinatown Climate Exploration is a pilot project by Ling Tan that uses community engagement and digital technology to explores how the Chinatown community make sense of their relationship to the neighbourhood and the impact their complex identities and backgrounds for example their socio-cultural capital, their expected demeanour, who they want to become - have in affecting their everyday actions to tackle the climate crisis.

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Chinatown Climate Exploration is a pilot project by Ling Tan that uses community engagement and digital technology to explores how the Chinatown community make sense of their relationship to the neighbourhood and the impact their complex identities and backgrounds for example their socio-cultural capital, their expected demeanour, who they want to become – have in affecting their everyday actions to tackle the climate crisis.

Through a series of digital workshops and activities, a small group of community members will explore their relationship with the environment through their subjective perception concerning different topics surrounding their travel, food culture and relationship with peers. Through the process, participants actively record their perception using a custom mobile web platform, discuss and make sense of the data collected as individual and collective, and co-design a rating scale that maps their various actions/approaches in their everyday life to the level of impact they think it has to the climate.

Chinatown Climate Exploration is part of Season for Change a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change.

From February-May 2021, Season for Change will showcase the creativity and leadership of the UK’s cultural sector on the most important issue of our time – the climate crisis – through 13 artistic commissions and an open programme where any artist or arts organisation can submit an event related to climate action or the environment.

If you are a Chinatown resident or work in Chinatown and would like more information and/or to be part of Ling Tan’s project please click on either the English or Chinese pdfs. The deadline to apply is 5th April.

Led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, Season for Change is supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. www.seasonforchange.org.uk

 

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Ling Tan

Ling Tan

Ling Tan is a multidisciplinary East-Asian artist working within social engagement, technology, citizen participation and politics. Originally trained as an architect, her work explores people’s interaction with the built environment and our collective agency and responsibility in tackling complex issues surrounding our cities. Her work aims to enable communities to make sense of their environment, express opinions in a playful and performative way, and collectively address issues such as public safety, air quality, gender, demographics and race. She designs, fabricates and write software for her projects, ranging from wearable-tech, interactive installations to Internet-of-Things (IoT) tools. Her work has been exhibited internationally, e.g Centre Pompidou (France), V&A, Barbican (UK), HeK (Switzerland) and Wits Art Museum (SA).

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