Art ponders the environment

The Athens School of Fine Arts is running a thought-provoking conference tomorrow, on the occasion of World Environment Day. Titled «Musings on Art, Nature and the Environment,» the one-day event includes a screening of a film exploring recycling as an artistic stimulus, a discussion on individual and social responsibility in the context of environmental protection and a talk on the importance of gardens as a place of contact between people and nature. As the notions of space and time became broader, coupled with the emergence of avant-garde art movements in the 1960s, such as Environmental Art, Earth Works and Land Art, the need to systematically control human intervention in the natural environment became increasingly apparent – giving rise to the belief grew that this could be achieved through a harmonious combination of art, architecture and town planning. Hence artists, architects, agriculturalists, historians, art researchers, activists and students will be coming together tomorrow for a scientific dialogue, raising questions and putting forward suggestions. School of Fine Arts, 256 Pireos, Rendi. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.