Vision and Objectives

The think tank tackles cultural responsibility in design processes of future and existing mines. How can we tap the arts as a self-sustainable tool for wellbeing to prevent deserted and unsustainable environments in the future? Can the arts help to bridge an us-them mentality, release tension and engage people in a meaningful stewardship?

The exploitation of natural resources and its processing leave implacable imprints on the environment. The visual transformation of the landscape mirrors the economical, environmental and social impact in the region. The latter is further challenged by the effects of rapid growth in population, migration and urban development. Stress and rejection are the results. The integration of the environmental and social responsibility into the design process of old and new mines and work camps are an increasing topic in research studies. The cultural liabilities, however, are yet unspecified and subject to this think tank.

Drawing from recent examples of successfully revitalized former mining peripheries in Japan that reveal the fusion of industry and the arts as key factor for welfare and wellbeing, artEC/Oindustry shifts the focus from abandoned industrial sites to the intact mining industry. With the aim to think and plan ahead, artEC/O industry tackles a self-sustainable socio-economical future through the arts.


Nishizawa, Ryue – Teshima Art Museum Japan 2011