Art can inspire change. This is why we started ARTPORT_making waves five years ago. We are an international curators collective based in New York, Spain, and Switzerland that produces socially engaging projects with a focus on climate change, from art video contests, exhibitions to artist residencies.
This year, we present "La Isla Hundida” (The Drowned Island) by artist Javier Velasco, a live art performance with over 100 children to raise awareness about the dangers of rising sea levels at the next United Nations Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico (COP16, Nov 29-Dec 10). Children are the future of our planet, and we think that it is important to educate them now about the causes, consequences and solutions of climate change. "La Isla Hundida" does this in a creative and fun way.
The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to prepare, produce, and record this performance, and to launch an ongoing, interactive platform for children around the world on the specifically created website, www.laislahundida.org, which will be launched in late September.
The artist has already prepared a cutout model of the island. He will travel to Cancun a couple of weeks before the conference, in order to prepare the children for the live performance and to talk to them about climate change. We are already working with the local ministry of education in Mexico in order to identify schools and a public space for the performance.
During the performance, the children will create their own little islands from recycled newspapers and decorate them. Then they will drown their islands at once in a large container filled with water. The performance will be videotaped and streamed live on our website and distributed to international media.
The cutout model will be distributed worldwide through newspapers and the internet. Schools around the world will be invited to participate and to join the "mass drowning" of the islands. We will post photos and videos of the performances and interviews with the children on our website.
“La Isla Hundida” is one project of “Cancun: 2 Degrees of Separation,” a comprehensive arts program presented by ARTPORT_making waves and Cinema Planeta, an environmental film festival based in Mexico, as part of the COP16 cultural program. Movies by renowned filmmakers, cell phone video contests from around the world, and panel discussions with scientists, politicians and artists and will take place at the UNDP booth (United Nations Development Program), local movie theaters, and public spaces in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. We have already secured some support for this program, but need additional funds for “La Isla Hundida”.
You can help make this performance an unforgettable experience for hundreds of children in Cancun and beyond!
A huge, heartfelt Thank You!
Corinne, Anne-Marie, and Oliver