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Social Innovation at the Convergence of Art, Ecology and Community Building


In this presentation Angelo Vermeulen will present his social and biology-inspired art works. He will focus on ‘Biomodd’, a worldwide cross-cultural installation project in which ecology, community building, and computer recycling creatively converge. The first version was created at The Aesthetic Technologies Lab in Athens, Ohio between 2007 and 2008. In October 2009, the project’s second iteration in the Philippines was finalized after an 8-month long collaboration with a team of over 50 Filipino artists, scientists, engineers, gamers, craftsmen, volunteers and students. During the talk, ‘Biomodd’ will be elaborated upon using video excerpts, photos, work sketches and participant testimonies. Vermeulen will talk about the different aspects involved in making such a large scale cross-cultural endeavor possible: setting up a funding framework, integrating institutional support and volunteering, co-creation management, tying in contemporary art with local Asian traditions, embedding environmental advocacy, etc. A brief overview will be given of the different Philippine spin-offs that were initiated after the project’s completion. This presentation is an extended version of the short TED Talk Vermeulen gave during TED2010 in Long Beach, CA.

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Angelo Vermeulen, TED Fellow, Adjunct Professor at the University of the Philippines Open University and Advisor at Sint-Lucas Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium

Thursday, 18 March 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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