Thursday, September 10, 5:30pm
Keynote Presentation: MEL CHIN The Potential Project
at UNM Keller Hall, Center for the Arts
516 ARTS, in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts, presents The Potential Project, a talk by special guest artist Mel Chin, which introduces a response to climate change through a model of sustainable economic freedom coming from a people without national status. Chin states, "For forty years Saharawi nomads have lived in refugee camps in their native land under Moroccan occupation, and in Algeria, awaiting a vote for self-determination. Forty years ago, Wallace S. Broecker first postulated 'global warming' due to human impact. Now this has become an internationally accepted reality. Devastating storms, decreasing polar ice and rising waters now threaten the world in an unprecedented way. A planned response to both scenarios emerged, after my visit to the Western Saharan refugee camps in 2011, as The Potential Project. The project envisions a Bank of the Sun that could provide the rest of the world with a working economic model as a response to climate change and by extension, a means to amplify the voice of a group of people silenced be isolation and desperation. The Potential Project envisions the first currency of the Saharawi people, utilizing their artistic expressions to guide its design, and to have its value backed by the power of the sun."
This event is free and hosted at the University of New Mexico Keller Hall in the Center for the Arts on UNM's Main Campus.
The following day after this presentation, please join us at 516 ARTS for a more intimate conversation on The Potential Project. For more info and the reserve your spot click here.
Image: Mel Chin, Bank of the Sun