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This event was part of Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love

Morbid Cities: Coping with Climate Change in NYC and Venice

Two art programs based in Venice and New York explore the nexus between climate change, water, death, and survival.

Venice is a place of romance and decadence, and a symbol of the threat of rising waters. This global problem was the focus of Beit Venezia's Jewish project Living Under Water, where artists and scholars examined the relevance of the Venetian case. Works On Water (WoW) is an organization based in New York exploring diverse artistic investigations of water in the urban environment. WoW seeks to strengthen and nourish the community of artists working on and with bodies of water.

Starting from these parallel projects, the panelists will address questions such as: How do we care for cities like New York and Venice as rising water levels threaten their existence? How support migrant populations escaping climate disasters? How do we confront a scenario in which we can only palliate a dying city?

Andi Arnovitz, Living Under Water lead artist

Dr. Craig Blinderman, Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital

Clarinda Mac Low, artist, WoW Co-Curator, and Executive Director of Culture Push

Carolyn Smith, Cambridge University and We Are Here Venice

Moderator: Shaul Bassi, Beit Venezia. A Home for Jewish Culture

Co-hosted by Beit Venezia: A Home for Jewish Culture, Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity/Columbia University, We Are Here Venice, Works on Water, and Reimagine

Registrants will receive a password via email five minutes before the program begins.


Talk, Panel, & Conversation Visual Art