Yearly Archives: 2015

Apply to the Vermi-Prize

wormculture-logoWin accolades from your fans, and $250!

~ HOW? ~  Make art – sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, poems, net art, music, dance, creative designs, architecture, etc – that celebrates composting worms. See examples of what has been made in this genre on the blog. To stimulate the creation and promotion of cultural works about composting worms, four Vermi-Prizes (each $250 USD) will be awarded to artists who have created excellent new content.

~ WHY? ~  Because more art about worms is a good thing. More vermicomposting (worm composting) is a good thing. And worms need better public relations. Many of the submissions will be posted on the blog. This is not an e-commerce site – and all artists retain all rights to their work. The mission of is to encourage and promote creative culture around composting worms.

~ SUBMIT ~  Send documentation of  your work (use or, for larger files), or send URL links to your work, along with a short artist statement about it to Amy Youngs via email:

~ DEADLINE ~  May 24, 2015. Awards announced in June.

~ WHO ~  Artist Amy M. Youngs initiated this prize as part of her exhibition, VermiCulture Makers Club taking place at the Kentucky School of Art. She has been creating worm-related artworks since 2004, and wants to invite others to join in. She commissioned a new worm-inspired music piece by Krzysztof Topolski, premiering at the exhibition. The honorarium she receives as a visiting artist at the Kentucky School of Art will fund the Vermi-Prizes. She also thanks her employer, the Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences, for granting her a sabbatical to pursue this project.

Open Call: Philosophy of the City

  • University of Hong Kong, November 6-7
  • Portland State University, November 21-22
  • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, December 3-4

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Philosophy of the City has emerged as an international movement. To facilitate global discussions, this conference series aims to establish new channels for dialogue.

Presentations can be in any area of philosophy of the city. Interdisciplinary approaches and neighboring disciplines are welcome. Each conference will feature sessions dedicated to addressing the challenges for ecology, technology, and democracy in current and future cites. At each conference, philosophers will engage in trans-disciplinary discussions with urban planners during special roundtable sessions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tensions between political authority and community autonomy
  • Architectural preservation and sustainable buildings
  • The city and social protest
  • Alternatives to gentrification
  • Smart cities, ecological considerations and human flourishing
  • Participatory approaches to budgeting, planning, and environmental regulations
  • Urban food sovereignty
  • Contributions from the history of philosophy to the city’s future
  • Big data and the public good
  • Immigration and citizenship
  • Graffiti and street art
  • New forms of municipal democracy
  • Is housing a public good?
  • Segregation/white flight vs. gentrification/white reterritorialization
  • Securing the city: rethinking police protocols and motivations
  • Ethical measurements: the morality of urban metrics
  • Democratic control of infrastructure
  • Zoning, land-use policy, and the rights of nature
  • Future cities: eco-villages, megacities, or both?
  • Megacities, complexity and justice
  • The quality of local democracy
  • Street harassment; Gender and Public Space
  • The right to a wired city

For more information, please find us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also add “Philosophy of The City” to your research interests onAcademia.

Conference organizing committee: Brian Elliott, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Luis Ruben Diaz, and Shane Epting and brought to you by the Philosophy of the City Research Group


Send abstracts to Shane Epting at by May 31, 2015. Include the city of your choice in the subject line. For submissions in Spanish for Mexico City, send emails to Luis Diaz at the same email address above.

Confirmed Speakers

Hong Kong Keynote Speaker: Daniel A. Bell (Tsinghua University)

Portland Keynote Speaker: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic (Simon Fraser University)
– featuring an invited talk by Robert M. Figueroa (Oregon State University)

Mexico City Keynote Speaker: Lewis Gordon (University of Connecticut)

Announcing SEEDS & SOUL: Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Festival

Announcing SEEDS & SOUL: Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Festival | Campaign Launch

Spring Shout out!

Last year’s trans-national & trans-indigenous SEED project collaborations are sprouting a strong new vision…

DANCING EARTH is teaming up with AUDIOPHARMACY PRESCRIPTIONS COLLECTIVE to bring the San Francisco Bay Area’s first


SEEDS & SOUL is an indigenous-led, women-led festival harnessing the power of music, performance, arts, nourishing food, as well as respectfulcultural and knowledge exchanges to strengthen bridges among Indigenous peoples of the Bay Area – rural and urban; local and diasporic.

Date: October 11, 2015
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day!

Location: Joaquin Miller Park OR Lake Merritt Park in Oakland
or elsewhere that can be sacred, intentional space

DE_Audio_Video-2We need your support to launch this effort, and bring SEEDS & SOUL to the San Fran Bay Area!

Our Hatchfund crowdfunding campaign just launched. It’s an exciting way to give to this community-powered, indigenous-led effort.

All donations to the Hatchfund campaign are tax-deductible,
and we have many life-enriching PERKS to offer!

Click on any of the perks below to see our campaign page, and support this people-powered festival with a tax-deductible donation!


Now is the best time to give!

The People’s Match Fund will match your contribution, dollar for dollar, up to the first $1780 raised!

People's Match Fund-1

Earlier in March we raised the People’s Match Fund from close friends through a benefit dinner generously hosted in Oakland’s Bissap Baobab restaurant. The momentum we started a month ago is only increasing as an incredibly wide range of allied communities hear of our ideas, and are stepping into our circle of co-creation!

This wide community engagement is at the core of our vision, and we want to be heartily prepared to support the diversity of hearts and hands that will bring this festival to life!

Photo Credit Nikila Badua

Here are just some of the collaborators who have expressed interest…

Community Collaborators

Here’s where you come in…

Will you join this wave of support, and offer

a donation to support our emerging coalition of artists,

culture-bearers, and community builders?

Some SEEDS take a village…

so Spread The Word About This Festival Campaign!

Click our Facebook links here: Dancing Earth | Audiopharmacy

Email organizations that vibe with SEEDS & SOUL and individuals who might be interested in contributing to Indigenous arts or projects that promote diverse, unified and resilient communities, and positive social change.

Sign up to be an ambassador for this campaign! As an ambassador beyond helping spread the word, you can jump into the behind-the-scenes work of the campaign and festival. Every hour of volunteer help makes a big difference!

Email us if you’d like a packet with more info and helpful materials to spread the word:

A Personal Note from Jo “Love/Speak” Cruz, Rulan Tangen, and Javier Stell-Fresquez:

We know how inundated we often are with requests for money, and that you may or may not be able to provide substantial resources at this moment in time. Just know that any amount makes a difference and, if you are not able to give, helping to spread the word can be equally powerful, and we’re in need of volunteers for this campaign and festival.

We’re making big moves, and bringing in so much awesome energy! All the warmth and generosity is washing over us and pushing us forward.
Love is a force. And we believe it stretches across distance and time. Like the movie Interstellar imagines, our ancestors are perhaps the very source of the gravity that roots us.

With deep gratitude,

Who We Are

Rulan Tangen  – Jo “Love/Speak” Cruz – Javier Stell-Fresquez

Rulan Tangen photos by © Paulo T. Photography


Updates and Reflections: Carbon Recording and Reporting Training Programme

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

What is the Carbon Recording and Reporting training programme?

In December 2014 we launched our Carbon Recording and Reporting workshop and training programme, which delivered guidance to arts organisations across Scotland about recording, understanding and ultimately reducing carbon emissions generated by their activities. The training programme was specifically aimed to support Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) in working towards the mandatory carbon emissions reporting requirement, which will come into effect for the period of April 2015 – March 2016. As part of their annual reporting in 2016, all organisations will be required to complete a report on their environmental performance. They will be expected to develop an environmental policy and to calculate their annual carbon footprint for inclusion in the report.

The focus at this stage is very much on helping organisations develop systems for recording their emissions and impact. Experience has shown that reductions tend to emerge from the processes of policy development and efficient recording.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s training activities are designed to support the environmental aims of Creative Scotland, which include:

  • Set annual reporting requirements for organisations
  • Set expectations for sustainable behaviour
  • Produce annual report on sector environmental impact
  • Tell positive stories about sustainable behaviour
  • Share good practice and case studies
  • Help the Arts influence the wider public

What have we learnt from the Carbon Recording and Reporting training programme? 

We have now held 15 workshops throughout Scotland and our carbon reduction advisers have met with around 100 organisations to discuss and develop their individual action plans for recording and reporting emissions. These meetings also helped identify and communicate each organisation’s specific actions towards recording emissions data and included any carbon reduction ambitions. Through this process, we have found that most organisations are making substantial efforts to operate sustainably but this is often informal and at a grass roots level. The introduction of mandatory carbon reporting has encouraged more engagement at a management level.

Many organisations are very small and have very few permanent staff; several training participants who were new to the concept of recording emissions raised concerns about the amount of extra time and effort that would be involved in recording the information needed for reporting. For most, the need to change existing systems would involve additional effort, which they felt might not be available. At the same time, we have come across many examples of good practice and excellent ideas already existing within the cultural sector that we hope to share.

For the organisations that had already developed an environmental policy and an established habit of recording data, all reported having benefited from the improved understanding and control that these standards brought to the operations of their organisation. From discussions held during our training sessions, it was clear that the process of change for organisations was evolutionary and worked best when existing processes were improved. The benefits that came about ranged from discovering malfunctioning heating controls to improved organisation of tours – both of which led to substantial cost reductions for the organisations involved.

What is next for the Carbon Recording and Reporting training programme?

We are in the process of reviewing reports from adviser meetings to identify common themes, difficulties, and good practice. Discussions during workshops and reports resulting from the adviser meetings have already highlighted some areas of uncertainty on how to realistically reflect activities. We hope to develop guidance on how to report on some of the less clear cut impacts such as fuel use by tenants, recording volunteer travel and further apportioning of shared activities.

For the near future, we are hoping to provide an improved reporting form that will incorporate a standard emissions calculation step. This will enable reporting organisations to see the relative carbon impacts of different emissions sources more easily and with more confidence.

We will soon be updating our Training web resources to include further documentation of the ideas discussed during training workshops and adviser meetings, including a Frequently Asked Question section for a convenient and simple reference to use during the recording and reporting process. A variety of resources have already been published on our website, including Creating and Developing Your Environmental Policy,  Guide to Tackling Waste, Guide to Measuring Audience Travel and numerous Case Studies of best-practice examples.

Be sure to check our News section, Twitter and Facebook for future updates on carbon reporting resources, training and workshops, as we will be publishing a series of reflections and updates on this process through the month of May.

Image: Flickr Creative Commons- PhotoHannah

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Call for Submissions – Sanctuary 2015

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

Sanctuary is a unique 24-hour public art laboratory within the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park in South West Scotland that runs from Noon 26th September to Noon 27th September 2015. It creates a space for new work that ranges from sound installations and radio broadcasts to interactive video and performance. At its heart is a temporary community that forms to camp, talk, explore and show work, providing opportunities for unexpected meetings, conversations and new ideas.

We would like to commission three new works for Sanctuary 2015 that explore Darkness and Light in new ways. As much of the Dark Skies Park is beyond the reach of communication networks, we are particularly interested in ‘electronic’ darkness, as well as exploring light across all its frequencies.

We are open to any art forms, interpretations or behaviours.

There are three commissions of up to £1000 to include all materials and travel. Please see for more information.

Sanctuary curators:
Jo Hodges:
Robbie Coleman

The Dark Outside FM curator:
Stuart McLean:

How to apply:

Please send an outline of your idea (no more than A4) including any technical requirements, 5 images of previous work – this may include links to video / sound works, and a C.V to:

Deadline 28 May 2015 @ 5pm

Supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland; as well as Dumfries and Galloway Council.  Sanctuary is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and Wide Open.

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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Opportunity: Arts Project Manager

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

This opportunity comes from the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation with a deadline of Monday 25 May 2015 at 12:00.

The Arts Project Manager will develop and deliver art and greenspace design provision for Phases One and Two of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Redevelopment.

Primary tasks include:

  • Input into the design process for any capital elements with an arts purpose.
  • Deliver prioritised arts and greenspace design projects for Phase One, outlining budgets, timelines and briefs.
  • Identify/ recruit, appoint and manage artists and designers to develop and deliver selected projects.
  • Identify potential sources of match funding and submit applications for the programme.
  • Work with project partners to deliver selected projects.
  • Development of a strategic framework of arts projects for Phase Two of redevelopment in consultation with project partners.

The project manager will be directed by the REH Redevelopment Arts Steering Group. Collaboration with NHS Lothian staff including existing site managers, site redevelopment project team and clinical staff, GreenSpace|ArtSpace Public Social Partnership, contractors, artists/ designers and arts/ greenspace organisations will be a central to the role.

To receive the full contract brief please contact:
Susan Grant, Arts Manager| Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation

Please note: Standard working week Monday – Thursday.

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact (Susan Grant, Arts Manager), or call 0131 465 5471, or visit

The deadline is Monday 25 May 2015 at 12:00.

Image: Elevated Wetlands by artist Noel Harding, Flickr Creative Commons/Postbear


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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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CSPA Quarterly Q12: On Environment now available on MagCloud

Though the environment is necessarily a key theme in a Quarterly devoted to sustainability, in this issue we take a particularly sharp focus on in. In particular, we examine environment in scenography, performance, art and theater. Part two of a four-part series on the four pillars of sustainability, recognized by CSPA as: environmental awareness & responsibility, economic stability, cultural infrastructure, and social equity.

Source: CSPA Quarterly | Q12: On Environment | MagCloud


This post comes to you from Cultura21

Call for: Academic Papers, Artistic Expressions, Demonstration of creativity-enhancing Games, Techniques and Exercises


To be realized within the Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference, Accelerating the Transition to Equitable Post Fossil-Carbon Societies,

1 – 4 November 2015, Sitges,
Barcelona, Spain,

In collaboration with Cultura21-International, Network in Cultural Fieldworks for Sustainability

Deadline of the Call: 29 of May 2015

This workshop focuses on creativity to accelerate the transition process towards more equitable post fossil-carbon societies, and is designed to bring together academics, artists and practitioners (trainers, educators, moderators). The workshop approaches creativity as a transdisciplinary challenge of escaping established patterns (the ‘taken-for-granted’ ways of seeing products, processes, infrastructures, organizations, ourselves) and reshaping new ones, that is best realized in non-linear processes and in non-structured spaces where multiple sources of knowing are combined, such as the sciences, the arts, design, storytelling, meditation and rituals, thus uniting cognitive, embodied and direct knowing, emotional intelligence, lateral thinking, imagination, experience and more.

The workshop format reflects the non-linear and non-structured nature of creativity and is designed as a space where the presentation of academic papers will be mixed with the presentations of artistic expressions (movies, music, performances, dance, etc.) and with the active participation in various sessions where creativity-enhancing games, techniques and exercises will engage all participant (meditation, story-telling, presencing and more). The workshop organizers will act as facilitators/catalysts/curators of this multi-dimensional event, ensuring a certain level of organization in the proposed non-linearity and non-structuration.

We invite the following type of proposals:

  • Academic papers. We welcome both theoretical papers (on the nature of creativity, creativity and complexity, organizational creativity, creativity and sustainability) as well as empirical or thematic papers (creativity in the greening of industry, creativity and innovation, creative sustainable cities, creativity in education for sustainability, art and climate change, creativity and sustainable politics). We invite authors to prepare abstracts of 500 words in English.
  • Artistic expressions. All artistic disciplines are welcome in the workshop (dance, musical performances, poetry reading, paintings, photos, sculptures, videos, documentaries and more). The artistic expressions should address creativity in general, or specific themes like art and climate change, artistic interventions in public spaces, preferably touching upon transitions towards more equitable post fossil-carbon cities. Artists are invited to prepare a proposal in the form of a portfolio with a 500 words description of the research material they created in relation to the artistic expression proposed, including as well images/multimedia files to be prepared in English, indicating the time needed for the proposed contribution/intervention.
  • Combined academic papers and artistic expressions. We especially welcome contributions in which the presentation of the academic paper is combined with other forms of artistic expressions. Authors and/or artists are invited to prepare a proposal in the form of a portfolio of max. 500 words for the paper and a description of the artistic expression to be prepared in English, indicating the time needed for the proposed contribution.
  • Creativity-enhancing games, techniques and exercises. Practitioners (trainers, educators, moderators) are invited to propose a short session in which they demonstrate a creativity-enhancing game, technique or exercise. The proposal should include a description of the proposed game, technique or exercise, a description of the conditions for executing the demonstrative session (space, time, materials, other requirements). The proposal should not exceed 500 words.

All proposals must be submitted no later than May 29, 2015, via the conference website:

After the Conference, a scientific team will select workshop contributions to be further developed for peer review and potential publication within one of several Special Volumes of the Journal of Cleaner Production that will be developed, based primarily upon outputs from the Global Conference.

For more information, please contact the Creativity Workshop Coordinating Team:

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Dieleman, Academy of Environmental Sciences and Climate Change, Autonomous University of Mexico City, Workshop Coordinator, Co-coordinator Cultura21, Germany, France, Denmark, Mexico, Fellow at, (
  • Prof. Dr. Donald Huisingh, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA; Global Conference Coordinator, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Cleaner Production (
  • Prof. Dr. Nuno Guimaraes da Costa, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, France, director of ICN’s MSc in International Management – MIEX, (
  • Dr. Sacha Kagan, Research Associate, ISCO, Leuphana University, Lueneburg (Germany), Interim Vice-Chair of the ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts, Founding Coordinator, Cultura21 International & Vice-President, Cultura21 Institut (Germany)
  • Jeanne Bloch, artist-researcher, Paris, France (
  • Dr. Oleg Koefoed, PhD, Action-Philosopher; Core member and co-founder, Cultura21 Nordic and International; External Lecturer, Copenhagen Business School,

For more information on the conference, please also watch:

PDF-version: + Call for Proposals — Workshop Creativity in Transition Porcesses Global Conference Barcelona nov 2015


Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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