Conference: Broto Art-Climate-Science

Conference 2020

Time Sensitive

A conference about “Deep Time” and the intersection of Art-Climate-Science-Time

  • Dates: May 16-17, 2020
  • Provincetown, MA
  • Venue: Provincetown Commons (46 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657)

In a society fixated on near-term outcomes, how do art and science think about time and how is that relevant in the climate crisis?

We’ll speak with our usual mix of brainy experts and attendees and work toward a white paper on art-science-climate-time and it’s potential for innovation in the climate crisis.

  • Panels, Lectures, Social gatherings, Workshops and more.
  • Artists, scientists, advocates, sustainability strategies, green tech entrepreneurs and scholars of very long term time horizons

We’ll be updating this page with more, but if you have questions or interest in collaborating, please email Ian at

2020 Speakers and Guests

  • Don McKay, Poet, two-time winner of Canada’s Governor General Award, author of 12 books
  • Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz, Director of Development, The Long Now Foundation
  • Hilairy Hartnett, Co-director ASU PlanetWorks, Associate Professor School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University
  • Jonathon Keats, Conceptual artist and experimental philosopher
  • Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University
  • Julian Ruddock, PhD, visual artist and 2A Earth Core: The Hominin Project (2017) filmmaker
  • Julia Buntaine Hoel, Director, SciArt Center
  • Marnie Benney, Independent curator
  • Dennis Minsky, Naturalist and writer
  • Richard Gifford, Provincetown Schools STEAM and Design Teacher, UN Certified Climate Change Teacher
  • Students from Provincetown Schools
  • David Maggs, Research Fellow, ‘Culture and Climate’, Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability, Potsdam
  • Peter ter Weeme, Executive VP, Purpose and Brand Citizenship at Elevator Strategy

We will be adding to this list as we get confirmed special guests. Stay tuned.

Preliminary Broto 2020 Schedule

All very preliminary and subject to change

30% off Early Bird Tickets.

May 16: Day 1 Conference

Starts later at 1 PM to give attendees coming from Boston a chance to catch the tourism season’s very first ferries from Boston.

Day 1 speakers include Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz from The Long Now and also artist/philosopher Jonathon Keats to discuss his art-sci project called Millennium Camera. Panels include discussions about “Deep Time and its intersection with art and science” and a look at Cape Cod in 1,000 years. In the evening, we have a Broto gathering/celebration of our Deep Time art exhibit, geology-inspired poetry by Canadian poet Don McKay, an indigenous knowledge presentation and maybe a Ptown-inspired surprise or two.

May 17: Day 2 Conference

Starting at 9 AM, we have presentations from artists looking at Deep Time and Climate, an age-diverse panel on “Habitability”, a workshop on Longtermism and a creative time travelling panel about future generations that you’ll just have to wait for… We’ll be finished by 5:30 PM, in good time for people to make the 7:30 ferries back to Boston or enjoy more Ptown fun. If you do stay, please consider yourself invited to our second annual garden party in the evening (and wear a sweater!).

Why you should come

We might agree that two heads are better than one – especially when it comes to solving a challenge like climate change. 

  • Shared intentions
  • Co-creation that may be neither science nor art
  • Hybridized methodologies

Join us May 16-17, 2020 in Provincetown, MA for what will be the next step of a bright new idea in fostering discovery. Be part of the pioneering group of artists and scientists building the actual bridge toward a shared insight, outcome – or even world-changing climate change remedy.

Besides, haven’t you always wanted to come to Provincetown?

Tickets: Time Sensitive

a Broto: Art-Climate-Science exploration into Deep Time.

Use the code 30off2020 at check out in the “promo code” section for the 30% Early Bird discount until Jan. 31

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Tax-deductible donations to our growing Broto program can be made on our donations page. Broto is a program of Cape Cod Center for Sustainability, a registered 501c3 public charity.