Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

U-n-f-o-l-d: Climate Manipulation Station

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Klaus Schafler discusses Climate Manipulation Station, his ongoing art project focusing on geo-engineering—large-scale technologies that “hack the planet” to slow or even reverse climate change effects, as by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using synthetic trees or reducing solar radiation by seeding clouds to reflect more sunlight. Schafler is joined by his collaborator, Klaus Lackner, who speaks about his scientific work on the synthetic tree as a means of addressing global warming.

Schafler describes his efforts to contextualize and visualize geo-engineering through art. An exhibition of this work opens at the Space for Art and Industry at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on November 10, 2011.

Klaus Schafler is a Vienna-based artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the School for Artistic Photography in Vienna, with the Faculty of Economics at the University of Graz, and with Facolta di Scienze-Politiche, Messina.

Klaus Lackner, PhD, is the Ewing Worzel Professor of Geophysics, the director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and a member of the Earth Institute faculty at Columbia University.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition U-n-f-o-l-d: A Cultural Response to Climate Change. For more information, visit

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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