This four-year project lead by a team of artists and curators emerges from the belief that a whole new vocabulary, both visual and verbal, is needed if we are to conceive of the effects and lived experiences of anthropogenic climate change in more inclusive terms.

At its core, Shifting Ground aims to deepen dialogue about climate change and generate alternative artistic representations that have been hitherto obscured, ignored, or downplayed in conversations and action around energy transition and transformation. By exploring these themes through the lens of contemporary art, Shifting Ground sets out to link local resiliencies with global concerns.

We are committed to engaging with sites and situations in which community involvement, respectfully integrated with visiting perspectives, results in novel and dynamic social, cultural, and aesthetic interactions. To this end, Shifting Ground aims to leverage artistic practice and creative methods through interdisciplinary collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, curators, craftspeople, traditional knowledge holders, scientists, activists, and others in communities of the Yukon, Alaska, and Finland. Through a series of annual ‘convenings’ developed in conjunction with community partners, Shifting Ground will serve as a locus of dialogue and activity which will support the formation of new alliances across disciplinary, institutional, and national boundaries.

The convenings will involve participation in interdisciplinary creative collaboration, exploratory visual art production, seminars, workshops, and field trips that will inform a series of exhibitions, publications, and public events. interdisciplinary collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, curators, craftspeople, traditional knowledge holders, scientists, activists, and others in communities of the Yukon, Alaska, and Finland. Through a series of annual ‘convenings’ developed in conjunction with community partners, Shifting Ground will serve as a locus of dialogue and activity which will support the formation of new alliances across disciplinary, institutional, and national boundaries. The convenings will involve participation in interdisciplinary creative collaboration, exploratory visual art production, seminars, workshops, and field trips that will inform a series of exhibitions, publications, and public events.