To bring together artists, cultural institutions and key thinkers in creative sustainability, philosophy and social sciences to discuss and explore ways of intensifying the powers of art in tackling the key pillars of sustainability.
To introduce, discuss and clarify the meaning of “empathy” in arts, which has important implications for artistic research, training and practice. This philosophical intervention is expected to function as a model for how philosophers, social scientists and sustainability experts engage with art, with the aim of achieving constructive change in both research and artistic practice.
To support all genders, in all their diversity, artists, and cultural professionals to engage with mainstream research from philosophy, social sciences and sustainability studies on the role of empathy and perspective-taking in advocating for environmental issues.
To offer artists training courses that will allow them to transfigure moral emotions (empathy, compassion, perspective-taking imagination) to new skills related to sustainable creation.
To inspire the creation of innovative projects that address the empathy-sustainability relationship through arts and raise awareness on the challenges that climate change poses to environmental, physical and emotional health.
To engage new audiences and establish an innovative, participatory approach to contemporary visual and performative arts.
To support European artistic co-operation and mobility of artists and of artworks that redefine sustainability within an empathic and creative context.
The project addresses people from the wider artistic and environmental sector who will directly and indirectly benefit from its implementation. Furthermore, it concerns their audience in assorted societal and professional target groups. All will get informed about the importance of empathy and aesthetics of compassion in sustainability research and contemporary society, and are expected to acquire new experiential knowledge.
In particular, EMPACT’s target group is divided into direct target audiences and indirect ones.
Direct Target Audiences
- Cultural Professionals
Indirect Target Audiences
- Arts and Cultural Management Students
- Professionals in the Creative Industries
- Museum and Cultural Organization Managers
- Professionals active in fields related to Sustainability Sciences and Local Communities
- Decision Makers in both Arts and Environmental Education