The City of Miami Beach
Welcomes Earth Speakr to Miami Beach
Earth Speakr is created by Olafur Eliasson with his studio, kids, creative partners, and a group of researchers and experts, and is funded by the Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020 and realized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Earth Speakr is an interactive, augmented reality, artwork by artist Olafur Eliasson that amplifies kids’ views on the future wellbeing of the planet. The artwork invites adults and today’s decision-makers, change-makers, and global leaders to listen up to what kids have to say.
To include as many people as possible, Eliasson and his studio developed a predominantly digital artwork with the support of an extensive team including kids, researchers, and other specialists. Earth Speakr is made available in 25 languages and can be accessed worldwide. In addition, the project is partnering with a growing network of museums, libraries, and educational institutions, such as the City of Miami Beach, to share the artwork online and in person when and where possible in times of social distancing.
Studio Olafur Eliasson has collaborated with leading institutions and experts in creating toolkits to inspire engagement with Earth Speakr in various settings, available free-for-download in 25 languages on the website (www.earthspeakr.art). Each toolkit is designed to help in the process of discovering the artwork – from exploring existing messages to empowering kids to create new messages.
Everyone can download the Earth Speakr app and animate their environment using playful interactive technology. Kids and young people below the voting age can choose to take part by giving their voice and speak up for their local surroundings and for the planet. Their creative messages are shared on www.earthspeakr.art and experienced on the app via Augmented Reality (AR).
“Earth Speakr is a collective artwork that invites kids to be artists. What Earth Speakr will become depends on the Earth Speakrs – their creativity and imagination. The artwork is made up of their thoughts and visions, concerns and hopes. What they create can be playful and whimsical, serious, or poetic. There is no right or wrong, and it is easy for everyone to take part. Earth Speakr invites kids to speak their hearts and minds and participate in shaping our world and the planet, today and in the future”, said Olafur Eliasson.
The artwork is funded by the Foreign Federal Office and realized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Earth Speakr is free-of-charge and promotes collaboration and reflection between people of all ages on climate change and the future of the planet. The City of Miami Beach acknowledges these partners who have generously contributed this project to the City of Miami Beach's Art in Public Places program!
Soundtrack: "Nattöppet" performed by Detektivbyrån Music Group - Martin Molin, Anders Molin and Jon Ekström. Licensed by Sommarfågel AB, represented by Chris Nadon. All rights reserved.