How artists can support the global transformation towards sustainability:
Developing a new language for science to reach the public
Dance, a form of nonverbal communication is inherent to human nature. Is it fulfilling its potential in our world today? This question prompted Benedikt to pursue her academic education next to her artistic career. Through her daily commute between the artistic and academic world, she became more and more interested in exploring the potential of art, if it was taken out of traditional parameters and connected to other disciplines.
At the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), she focuses on finding out how to combine artistic and scientific processes in order to tackle global challenges more effectively, and more specifically on how artists can cooperate in overcoming the knowledge - to - action gap to support sustainability transformations.
To fill this gap, she found that a coherent dissemination pathway requires scientists to establish what is and artists working with scientists to establish what it means, so the public can make informed decisions about its role. While developing and presenting artistically innovative, impact-driven art projects with scientists and artists around the world, she has developed a method for artists to work with scientists effectively to address the knowledge to action gap and support a cultural shift toward sustainability.
Her first report on the topic (below) was published in 2017. The video (2019) explains why science needs a new language to reach the public and how artists and scientists can develop it.