Mission

We are artists committed to art in nature.

AiNIN was formed in 1999 as an international organization dedicated to serving artists and event organizers who create and support site-specific work in the environment and landscape. As members of AiNIN, we believe that art-in-nature implies respecting nature, to reveal and comment upon our relationship with our environments, rather than exploiting it for the sake of art. Our definition of `nature’ includes wild and untouched landscapes, rural, cultivated and agricultural spaces, some urban, suburban or city park environments and conservation reserves – across a variety of public and private domains.

Site-specific work in the environment and landscape can take many forms. However, paying attention to diverse geographical, cultural, historical, physical and elemental contexts of an environment is at the core of what AiNIN artists do. Members are committed, each in our own way, to re-envision a constructive, rather than deconstructive, approach to creating art-in-nature. We often work with the materials found locally and in-situ. Many other sculptural materials are often integrated into the projects, driven by the events and their themes, available materials and project ideas. AiNIN artists may also have practices that cross media and genres, materially and conceptually, to include object-making, sculptural installation, sound, performance, video, electronic arts and text-based work.

Making art-in-nature can be a personal and solitary immersion in the environment or a vital form of public art, joining the ever-expanding definition and range of public art practice in the past several decades. Our efforts in environment-based public art has brought an increasing appreciation for this form of contemporary art, as well as overall ecological awareness, to the population at large as greater numbers of symposia, festivals and related exhibitions are being organized internationally..

AiNIN Projects and others Network Activities

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