The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation announces that the Penn Climate Animation and Research Studio will receive a 2023 Project Grant.
The Penn Climate Animation and Research Studio will engage six students, on location, in countries vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The goal is to develop an immersive opportunity for Penn student artists to bring the fine arts and science into productive conversation with each other by consulting with experts and understanding culturally inflected landscapes and infrastructure through drawing. The Sachs Program Project Grant will enable a pilot version of the studio to focus on the Netherlands during the summer of 2023. Building on the success of the Project Poldergeist videos already in circulation, the team will interact with resident experts and visit notable sites in order to develop script and storyboard ideas for new videos that will inform and influence policy makers and the public about urgent issues in climate adaptation. In subsequent summers, the studio will be set up in vulnerable regions in the Global South such as Indonesia, the Caribbean, Bangladesh or Vietnam.