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Volunteer to be part of Maritime Rites performance


Imagine a performance of 100 musicians on Tempe Town Lake – well now you can be part of it?

Sign up  TODAY, to be part of an historic Performance of Maritime Rites directed by Alvin Curran on Tempe Town lake on March 27 at 3:30PM

We need Brass, Woodwind and percussion players – 50 in total

We need 40 Pedal boat drivers to drive the musicians around the lake. Please see the other sheet to volunteer as a driver.

Rehearsals will take place with Alvin Curran on ASU Tempe campus in Gammage room 209:
Wednesday 03/25 6-7 PM and
Thursday 03/26 5:30-6:30 PM
Please be there and ready to start playing at these times.

PIZZA will be served at the end of the second rehearsal so you can chat with Alvin.

Sign up Today

Inspiring Events

Imagine a concert involving 100 musicians in the middle of Tempe Town Lake with famous composer Alvin Curran.

A hot air balloon constructed from recycled shopping bags launched by Pablo Suarez, the Associate Director of the Red Cross-Red Crescent Climate Research Centre.

An acoustic ecology workshop with the American Society of Acoustic Ecology in Beaver Creek Biosphere Reserve.

This is just a small selection of the events coming to Arizona State University this month (March 27-29) for Balance-Unbalance 2015, the fifth annual international conference that looks to art as a catalyst for exploring the intersections between nature, science, technology and society.

The conference program features more than 150 papers, panels, performances, exhibitions and other activities, which will investigate sustainability and environmental issues through the arts, science, technology and local and global communities with the goal of exploring emerging intersections as a platform for developing trans-disciplinary solutions to unprecedented ecological challenges. Trans-disciplinary thought and projects will serve as tools for bringing about greater and wide-ranging ecological awareness in communities and more advanced sustainability practices through innovative art and technology. Several of the events are also open to the public.

In addition, of specific interest to you and your colleagues will be a workshop by Gary Lawrence, Senior Sustainability Officer for AECOM titled: Designing Resilient Communities: The Choice to Stay.

This 2 days workshop is a unique hands on workshop with the objective of developing a new framework for decision making that recognizes city planning is first and foremost a social and political problem – not simply a design problem. The workshop is being hosted at GIOS on March 25-26.

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Rekindlers Of Hope Workshop

Need some renewed hope in the face of all this climate data… yes it is scary – so we need some new tools to deal with it in your everyday lives – Well this looks amazing!



Using water to spark opportunities from the debris of ecocide.

2-day transdisciplinary quest, a re-imagining of our environmental crises as opportunities for transformation toward earth-centred paradigms.

When: Wed 25 March & Thurs 26 March; 9am -3pm

Who: Facilitated by Creative Ecologist, Ilka Blue Nelson

Where:  ASU Art Museum, ASU Tempe campus

Fee: $50 covers both days including lunch and refreshments. Places limited to 12 participants — early registration recommended.

Future Energy Research and Design Storm

The Future Energy Research and Design Storm is a 2-day workshop on March 25/26 in Phoenix Arizona.

What: To investigate pressing energy issues facing the Phoenix area and the US Southwest, and to use research and design thinking to generate ideas for potential sustainable solutions. This workshop is designed for interested conference participants and an interdisciplinary group of college students from ASU and the University of New Mexico.

Who: The workshop will be facilitated by Megan Halpern (ASU), Dan Collins (ASU) and Andrea Polli (The University of New Mexico) with students from ASU and The University of New Mexico

Time for action – Balance-Unbalance early-bird registration closes Friday February 20 

Balance Unbalance Conference to be hosted by Arizona State University in 2015

Balance–Unbalance International Conference:

Water, Climate, Place: Reimagining Environments

27–29 March, 2015

Call for Papers, Posters, Panels and Creative Presentations

 Arizona State University, Tempe Campus with events across Phoenix, USA

 Balance-Unbalance, an international conference, brings multiple  disciplines together to explore intersections between nature, art, Science, new technologies, aid agencies and society with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary initiatives using innovative art and technology to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices and to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges.

We are living in a world at the tipping point, where the equilibrium between a healthy environment and the energy our society needs to maintain or improve its lifestyle and its interconnected economies could collapse more quickly than expected. Today’s delicate balance is at a critical point with the potential to herald a new reality where unbalance is the rule. The conference envisions the arts as a catalyst for reimagining our current environments.

Founded by Argentinian-born artist and scholar Ricardo Dal Farra in 2010 to promote novel forms of creativity that can help solve environmental problems, Balance-Unbalance has been sponsored
by UNESCO, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Leonardo Journal: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina (2010), Concordia University, Canada (2011), Central Queensland
, and the Noosa Biosphere in Australia (2013).

Balance-Unbalance 2015 will focus on water, climate, and place, seeking dialogues and creative projects engaged with water and climate problems around the globe. Given the location of the conference, the Sonoran Desert, discussions and presentations may address water issues and climate change in the context of desert landscapes. For information on the Sonoran Desert see 1, 2, 3

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These dialogues may take the form of scholarly and creative presentations, including research papers, transdisciplinary workshops and activities, panel discussions or roundtables, sound and media art, musical performances, installations, soundwalks, and posters. It will provide a forum for the growing body of sustainability research in the arts, humanities and sciences and for creative activities inspired by environmental concerns. We welcome proposals from but not limited to artists, art and humanities scholars, scientists, engineers, economists, and policy makers to advance discussions and collaborative efforts that lead to solutions for a sustainable future.


Proposals should include the following information:

Please see the submission page for required information on each proposal type.

Categories for submission include:

Full paper
Paper abstract
Transdisciplinary workshop
Virtual project

Proposals may address a range of topics including but not limited to:

  • water access and scarcity
  • salinity and changes to water tables
  • expanding deserts
  • management of urban growth
  • urban engagement non-urban environments
  • climate change
  • climate impact on weather patterns
  • disaster management
  • climate impact on cultural practices
  • noise pollution
  • acoustic ecology
  • environmental awareness
  • community action
  • social change
  • change making



Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014

Notification of presenters: December 31, 2014

Submit to via the submissions page using a supplied template

The Program committee will include among other artists and academics: Ricardo Dal Farra, Sabine Feisst, Mary Neubauer, Garth Paine, and Leah Barclay.

Information on the program, keynote speakers, featured guest artists and scholars, registration, travel, and accommodation will be announced soon.

Updates on Balance-Unbalance 2015 can be found at this webiste and by subscribing to the Facebook page at : 

For additional questions please send e-mails to:

Surrounded by pristine Southwestern desert landscapes, Arizona State University is one of the largest public research universities in the United States and a leader in sustainability research.
ASU’s School of Music, School of Art, School of Arts Media and Engineering, and Art Museum of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability,
as well as Barrett The Honors College
, have achieved renown for their art and sustainability initiatives, offer state-of-the-art facilities and will be the locations of the Balance-Unbalance events.

Tempe, named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece, is part of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and offers a wide variety of cultural venues including the World’s First Global Musical Instrument
Museum, and the Heard Museum which houses collections of American Indian art and cultures.

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 Balance-Unbalance 2015 acknowledges the generous support of  schools of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the  Barrett The Honors College the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and Barrett, The Honors College, ASU.