Art & Energy
How Culture Changes
New from Barry Lord
"Barry Lord is one of our worldâ€™s great cultural thinkers. In Art & Energy, he explores the powerful relationship between culture and our fixation on and need for energy as fuel for all endeavors. It is a must-read for anyone concerned with meaning-making in an increasingly complex world."
"Barry Lord tells a compelling story of how the human pursuit of energy changes our values, our cultures and our art over time. I did not expect to learn about cooperation, collective identity, mass markets, transformation, consumption, anxiety and stewardship when I cracked open Barry Lordâ€™s Art & Energy. But I did, and I will never think of energy or art in the same way again."
This provocative, engrossing work will inspire all of us to look at art, energy and culture itself from an entirely new perspective.
Barry Lord (biography)
Published by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
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Conversations with Barry Lord
- Engage in a conversation about Art and Energy. Read Barry's blog at artandenergybarrylord.wordpress.com.
- "The 'energy debate' is really a revolution in what we think about everything" by Barry Lord, Newsweek Europe, July 9, 2015.
Newsweek Europe features 5-page illustrated essay by Barry Lord based on Art & Energy: How Culture Changes. Lots of new ideas as Barry charts the incoming culture of stewardship and its conflict with consumerism.
- "How the good old sun and wind will change Africa - and the world - as we know it" by Christine Mungai, The Mail & Guardian, July 16, 2015. An African newspaper quotes the Newsweek's article by Bary Lord in their own feature on renewable energy. See Barry's response to this article below.
To the Editors:
As the author of the Newsweek article you quoted in your feature on renewable energy, and of my book on the subject, "Art & Energy: How Culture Changes" (The AAM Press, 2014), I was pleased to see your inclusion of the cultural impact of energy transitions in that feature -- specifically the advent of a culture of stewardship of the earth and of the body. As you say, Africa has a major opportunity to play a large role in this energy transition and the culture that it brings with it.
There are two revolutionary features about renewable energy:
-- one is that after the installation of the technology of solar panels, wind turbines or thermal energy wells, there is no need for fuel-- nothing to buy. The oil-based culture of consumption will no longer control our access to the energy we need.
-- the other is that with the full development of a 2-way power grid every building can become a producer as well as a consumer of energy. Peoples' relationship with energy need no longer remain passive, but can be interactive.
Both factors are much to the advantage of Africans.
So now the question is to understand the culture of stewardship of the earth and the body that is so closely associated with renewable energy. My article, my blog and my book suggest some characteristics, but you will undoubtedly discover more as it grows stronger.
Author, "Art & Energy: How Culture Changes" (The AAM Press, 2014)
- "Consumers or stewards: Do our energy transitions really define who we are?" by Jesika Briones, article originally published on MaRS Blog, September 2014
- "The museum planner and thought leader joins the dots between culture and energy", Peeps Forum, October 2014
- Radio interview by Krys Boyd on "Think", KERA 90.1 FM, October 2014.
- February 22, 2017 â€” Based on his book "Art & Energy: How Culture Changes", Barry Lord will speak about the history of energy sources and cultural change in France, from Lascaux to the present day. Location: Alliance FranÃ§aise de Toronto â€“ Spadina campus, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7 pm â€” Barry Lord lectured on "Art and Energy: How Culture Changes" followed by a reception and book signing at the Pocantico Center, 200 Lake Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Please view the invitation and registration.
- Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10-11 am â€” As part of the May Festival 2015, Barry Lord will lecture on "Art and Energy: How Culture Changes" followed by book signing at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
- Monday, January 19, 2015, 7 pm â€“ Barry Lord spoke and signed his book Art and Energy as part of the Engaging Ideas series at Centennial Hall, Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street, Burlington, ON.
- Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:30 pm â€” Barry Lord lectured undergraduate students on "Energy and Culture: The Present Situation and How We Got Here", York University, HNES building, York University at 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.
- Friday, January 9, 2015, 5:30 pm â€” Culture talks @ Goethe: Barry Lord on Art & Energy/Germanyâ€™s role in energy transition and cultural change, Reading Lecture, Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave., North Tower, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1V6. Watch the video from Barry's talk at the Goethe-Institut on .
- Wednesday, October 29, 2014 â€“ Barry Lord's lecture to the Witteâ€™s upper level members and major donors at the Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX. The lecture was not open to the public.
- Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7-8 pm â€“ Lecture by Barry Lord at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, TX.
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014 â€“ Barry Lord delivered a lecture to the Business Council for the Arts, Dallas, TX.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7 pm â€“ Lecture and Book signing presented by Business Council for the Arts at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Lecture at 7:00 pm; wine reception and book signing at 8:00 pm. Free event. For BCA member pre-registration and more information, please contact Business Council for the Arts (972-991-8300 x 606) or email@example.com. General registration opened September 1, 2014.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014, noon â€“ Barry Lord was interviewed by Krys Boyd, radio station KERA, 90.1 FM, for the NPR program Think! - http://www.kera.org/radio/think/
- Saturday, October 18, 2014 â€“ Barry Lord was a plenary speaker at the annual conference of the Museum Association of Newfoundland & Labrador in St John's.
- Tuesday, September 23, 2114 â€“ Lecture by Barry Lord at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON.
Barry introduced his Art & Energy book. Responding were outstanding photographic artist Edward Burtynsky (famous for both his Oil and his Water series of images), Elle Flanders representing the media art duo known as Public Studio, Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO Jeff Melanson, and Jesika Briones, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS Discovery District. Energy communications consultant John McGrath moderated the panel. FREE Registration at the Gardiner Museum was required. Have you missed this event? Watch it on .
The Art & Energy book launch discussion panel. From left: John McGrath, Barry Lord, Jesika Briones, Elle Flanders, Ed Burtynsky, Jeff Melanson.
- September 12, 2014 â€“ Interview with Barry Lord at MaRS Discovery District In Toronto featured on MaRS' blog. You can also view it here.
- September 9, 2014, 2-3 pm (ET) â€“ a webcast on "How Energy Changes Culture" organized by AAM as part of An Alliance Online Town Hall webcast series. Barry Lord discussed his new book, Art & Energy: How Culture Changes, in which he demonstrates how our values and cultural expression are affected by our efforts to access and control the energy sources that make culture possible. For more information, click here.
- May 20, 2014, 11:30-1:30 pm â€“ Signing of "Art & Energ"y at AAM Book Store, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
- February 3, 2014 â€“ Art & Energy Panel, Staging Sustainability 2014: People. Planet. Profit. Performance Conference, York University, Toronto, ON.
- October 11-12, 2013 â€“ "Energy and Cultural Heritage: How Values Change" - Barry Lord, Co-President, won "Best Paper Award" for his research paper on Energy and Cultural Heritage from International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management at the RomaTre University in Rome, Italy. The Scientific Committee presented Barry with the Award in recognition of the research paper quality, originality and significance in Cultural Heritage Management.
- October 2013 â€“ "Art & Energy: Accommodating Culture" - Barry Lord, Co-President, talked about art, energy and culture and our firm's latest project, Queensland Cultural Precinct Master Plan, during a public lecture in Brisbane, Australia. Listen to Barry Lord's Lecture audio here.