United Nations Seminar & Exhibition
art changing attitudes toward the environment
at The United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.
Seminar: May 8, 2008 United Nations Headquarters
Art Exhibition: May 2-30, 2008 United Nations Visitors' Lobby
The United Nations Department of Public Information, the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) present this international seminer as part of the Unlearning Intolerance seminar series.

The seminar aims to demonstrate that the universal language of art can unite people in thought and action, and empower individuals, communities, and leaders to incorporate environmental values into social, economic and political realms. The panellists will inform the audience about their unique and innovative approaches to drawing worldwide attention to the need to care for the environment. As advocates of true global change, these individuals are committed to the holistic effort needed to inspire individuals, communities and decision makers into becoming active agents of positive social change.

The UN seminars on "Unlearning Intolerance" examine different manifestations of intolerance and explore means to promote respect and understanding among peoples. They offer opportunities to discuss how intolerance can be unlearned through education, inclusion and example.

Panel 1: Confronting Environmental Intolerance -
Art, Action and Human Security
Panel 2: Art for Change: Vehicles for Environmental Action
Artist Panellists: Noor Al-Bastaki (Bahrain)
Ichi Ikeda(Japan)
Cecilia Paredes(Peru)
Catherine Chalmers(U.S.A.)
Subhankar Banerjee(India)
Philippe Pastor(Monaco)
This century is often indicated as the Age of Water, as opposed to the Age of Fire with wars and dramatic growth of the 20 century. There is little dougt a "water-based culture" can be the most "water-based culture" can be the most powerful medium for those in search of new possibilities of coexistence and cooperation to span the diversities that furrow the world.
Perspective towards Art for the Future
In the UN seminar I made short speech as one of 7 environmental artists selected from all over the world. The invitation card states as follows: 7 artists from 7 countries explore climate change from a global perspective. Inspored by the subject of 'global perspective', I put stress on importance of 'Water's-Eye' as more symbiotic and communicative perspective.

Nowadays when we are destined to live together with change of various ecological situations, we must see things in perspective corresponding to an ecologically sustainable earth. I'd like to stress te importance of Water's-Eye View, not Bier's-Eye View for looking down the world from the upper viewoint.

water as the fundamental human rights
I will make every effprt to do, not 'future for art', but 'art for the future'.
For me, what 'Art for the Future' aims means to create fundamental rights for those living on more disturbed global environment than today.
Art Exhibition: 2-30 May 2008 United Nations Visitors' Lobby
photos on the wall:
Earth Taps
Earth Taps describe that all spots on the earth are just a sorage for precious water and put stress upon the importance of water stored in natural environments under your feet.
photos on the floor:
Shibakawa Tiles
Photos of pollutants sinking or floating in dirty Shibakawa River are laid on the floor, appealing to go for the future beyobd troubled waters.
three dimensional space spreading between clean water and contaminated water
This artwork is asking viewers where you can carry conserving precious water in the water box backpacking on your back.
Be a backpacker of water for people living i the future earth !