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Thoughts From the Artists
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Activity 3
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Thoughts From the Artists


"In the coming years, we hope to encourage a new generation of artists and curators to engage more people with the urgent ecological challenges we face globally. We believe that the arts can effect change in ways that complement the work of conventional education and science."

Clive Adams


Sustainability is irrevocably tied to an obsession with “The Future.” This is a poignant concern in a city / country like Singapore, where 5-and-a-bit million people occupy an island, and must anticipate the future of a growing population within a finite space.

Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett


The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.

Chris Jordan


We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily.



The artist, like the scientist, has a crucial role to perform in our society: see things differently, act on this vision, report the failures and successes.

John Sabraw


Extreme longevity can lull us into a false sense of permanence. But being old is not the same as being immortal.

Rachel Sussman

Read the quotes above.

a. To you, which quote is the easiest to understand?

b. Select one and rephrase it in your own words. Give examples to illustrate it.

Research the artists that you don’t know and prepare to share your findings.
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Let's talk this out!

Share your findings with your classmates.

a. How are all these artists working towards a greener future?

b. To what extent do these quotes illustrate the idea that eco‑art is changing the world?
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  • essential / necessary (adj.)
  • challenge (n. or v.)
  • contribute (to) (v.)
  • empower /ɪmˈpaʊə/ (v.)
  • encourage / urge to (v.)
  • predict / foresee (v.)

Let’s learn!

Find the quote

List, in each quote, the words that include the letter “a”. Then read your words aloud to make your classmates find which quote it is.

Pronunciation challenge

Practice one quote until it’s perfect, then recite it to your audience!

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On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

Imagine Your Own Installation

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

Think of an environmental problem that is important to you. In pairs or small groups, imagine a theoretical installation that would make people aware of that problem. Sketch your design and write a short presentation of it.

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