The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


SPVH Workshop II RENEWABLE ENERGY / RENEWABLE CULTURE “The Road to Environmental Justice”

MSU Zagreb, Školica, May 28–29, 2015

Dear Participants and Visitors, we are pleased to invite you to the second in our series of International Interdisciplinary Workshops on Technology, Politics, Art, Energy and Sustainability which continues a five year project converging art and science at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb:


With this second workshop in the SPVH Workshop Series, we continue looking for essential answers to the climate question, as we proceed with the SPVH Pavilion design. Clearly the necessary technological resources already exist to substantially reduce CO2 emissions, implying that the main battleground is primarily a political one. On the one hand, it seems almost every business is already “sustainable”, and on the other hand, far too few structural changes have taken effect. The “Energiewende” in Germany is faltering, and the EU appears further from rather than closer to any unified and coordinated vision which might effectively lead to improvements. This brings several questions to mind; With the low price of oil, will an effective carbon tax finally be implemented,

thereby grounding environmental justice in a constitutional structure? Are the existing institutions - local, pan European and global - equipped to affect the necessary changes or are they terminally hand-cuffed by special interests and conflicts of interest?

During the two workshop days in the Školica educational spaces at the MSU, our speaker presentations will cover: 1) recent initiatives emerging from the stalling “Energiewende” in Germany, 2) energy issues and developments at the Croatian and EU institutional levels, 3) the superlative qualities of wood as a building material, 4)

analysis and life cycle assessment of materials for the SPVH Pavilion.

Workshop Leaders/Speakers include:

- Dr. René Mono, political analyst (sustainable energy practices)

- Gordan Cmrečki, architect - ORaH (sustainable policies)

- Dr. Miljenko Haimann, structural engineer (wooden and steel structures)

- Marina Zajec, architect (green building practices)

Both workshop days are open to the public and will include time for questions and plenary discussions. In the morning on Day 2 participants will have the opportunity to present projects or issues (announced during registration) for inclusion in the discussion. In the afternoon on Day 2 a panel discussion - Carbon Tax Now! (and if not, why?)- will look at the larger picture of finally implementing a carbon tax.

Author of the project: David Smithson

We look forward to seeing you at the MSU.


Day 1 | May 28, 2015

09:00 Introduction:

Snježana Pintarić, Martina Munivrana, MSU

09:15 David Smithson: workshop introduction / SPVH Project update.

09:45 Dr. René Mono: The call for a redefinition of social justice in the energy market.

10:30 questions / discussion

11:00 coffee break

11:30 Dr. Miljenko Haiman: Wood as the "New concrete" in building structures.

12:15 questions / discussion

12:45 Gordan Cmrečki: Does Croatia have a sustainable future? - possibilities and obstacles.

13:30 questions / discussion

14:00 lunch on the MSU rooftop

15:00 plenary discussion on the rooftop

Day 2 | May 29, 2015

09:00 Summary: Day 1

09:30 David Smithson: SPVH pavilion design update.

09:45 Marina Zajec: 'Green' insulation materials – analysis and life cycle assessment of the building materials for the SPVH pavilion.

10:30 questions / discussion

11:00 Participant topics: external project presentations.

11:45 questions / discussion

12:15 lunch

13:15 Introduction to panel discussion: artist initiative update.

13:45 Panel discussion (Workshop speakers): Carbon Tax Now! (and if not, why?)

14:45 questions / plenary discussion

15:30 conclusion

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