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We Make Tomorrow summit

Wednesday February 26, 2020, 10:00 – 19:00

We are in a #ClimateEmergency

In the last year we have seen an explosion of action on the climate crisis; from sector-wide declarations of climate emergency, to young people leading global strikes, and the UK’s first ever party leader’s election debate on climate and nature. 

Join us for our flagship 2020 summit We Make Tomorrow: Creative climate action in a time of crisis to be at the forefront of an urgent and creative plan for change.

This provocativeintergenerational and action-focused event will bring creative-cultural leaders and institutions together with funders, grassroots activists, policy-makers and the scientific community to explore what creativity, leadership and innovation means in the context of climate and ecological emergency, ahead of the crucial COP26 climate talks.


What to Expect

Taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the Royal Geographical Society London, we will bring together high-profile expert speakers and facilitators with an audience of over 300 from across the UK and beyond.

Together we will ask: What will the world be like in 2030, and what can the creative and cultural community do now to push us closer to the future we want?  

This day-long event will look at the political, demographic, economic and social forces driving our changing climate and devastating loss of nature, and explore how the arts and cultural sector can be galvanised to move us towards net-zero, whilst laying foundations for a more connected, viable and just future society.

Expect interactive sessionsperformances, high profile keynotes, and cross-disciplinary discussion. As a participant of this event, we would like you to bring your vision, experience and expertise to help shape and contribute towards the day.

Speakers include

BRIAN ENO, world famous musician, producer and trustee of Client Earth;
AFSHEEN KABIR RASHID, MBE co-Founder and co-CEO of Repowering London;
CHRIS STARK, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change;
JAMIE OBORNE, Manager of The 1975 and Entrepreneur Of The Year (2018);
FRANCES MORRIS, Director, Tate Modern;
JASON deCAIRES TAYLOR, sculptor of underwater museums and environmentalist;
KATE RAWORTHrenegade economist tackling social and ecological challenges;
KAREEM DAYES, musician and Founder of the Rural Urban Synthesis Society;
BARONESS LOLA YOUNG of Hornsey OBE, Crossbench peer and arts, culture and climate justice advocate;
NABIL AHMED, visual artist and Founder of INTERPRT;
NOGA LEVY-RAPOPORT, climate justice advocate with UK Student Climate Network;
FARHANA YAMIN, Veteran UN climate negotiator and activist;
DRILL MINISTERdrill artist and political activist;
CHARISE JOHNSON, Science policy researcher and environmental justice advocate;
LUCIA PIETROIUSTI, Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries;
ANDREA CARTER, Lead Producer, D6: Culture in Transit;
ZAMZAM IBRAHIM, President of the UK National Union of Students
SAM LEE, folk singer and musician and founder of The Nest Collective.

Full speaker biographies can be found here.

We will be announcing more names and further details very soon. But for now, don’t miss out – book your tickets now!

Preliminary structure for the day

9.30 – 10 Registration
10 – 10.30 Welcome and introduction
10.30 – 11.30 Session 1 + Q&A
11.30 – 12.30 Group panel
12.30 – 12.45 Performance
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch, networking break, screening and activities
1.45 – 2.40 Group panel and workshop
2.50 – 3.45 Group panel and presentation
3.45 – 4.15 Refreshment and networking break
4.15 – 4.40 Voices from the creative climate movement
4.40 – 5.15 Presentation and performance
5.30 Daytime event close
5.30pm – 9.30pm Networking drinks and performances (tickets to be booked separately, free to all attending during the day)

FULL DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT however a limited number of additional half-day and digital access tickets have now been created. Click below to find out more and book.

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FRIENDS & CAMPAIGNS – 
Believe – sharing news of their fundraising bike ride
Craftivist Collective – hosting an activists retreat space throughout the day
Culture Declares Emergency – sharing campaign tips for declarers
Music Declares Emergency – sharing campaign tips for declarers
The Climate Coalition – inviting you to Show The Love for the climate
UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) – sharing campaign tips for students

SPONSORS – 
Borough Wines – serving delicious organic wine by the keg
Eventbrite – providing equipment for a digital-first event
Focusrite – supporting audio/visual equipment
Seacourt – supporting zero carbon, Planet Positive Printing services  
Slido– helping collect Q&A’s and ensure the event is interactive
White Light – supporting audio/visual equipment

Come to the Table

On Sunday 16 February 2020 starting at 5 PM Spatula&Barcode will host the first of four dinner conversations about Generosity in the Rowland Gallery of the Chazen Museum (University of Wisconsin campus in Madison). As part of our project Come to the Table, we will discuss the theme of Care with the following guests:

Adam Rindfleisch

Anne Basting

Annie Menzel

Darcy Padilla

Chris Garlough

James McMaster

Katherine Alcauskas

Seats at the table are limited to the above list of invited conversants but the public is welcome in the gallery to witness the event.

Upcoming conversations:

 8 March, 5 PM, Hospitality
29 March, 5 PM, Philanthropy
26 April, 5 PM, Refuge

(Top Photo: Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson’s family dinner table in the museum with The Last Supper I and The Last Supper II by Faisal Abdu’Allah and Kofi Allen)

Ecological City: Art & Climate Solutions – Panel & Planning Meeting

Date And Time

Wed, February 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
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Location

Loisaida, Inc.
710 East 9th Street 
New York, NY 10009 
United States 
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Join Ecological City: A Cultural & Climate Solutions Project engaging the #LowerEastSide community through creative #collaborativearts strategies to bring together and celebrate #climatesolutions and ecological #sustainability initiatives throughout the #communitygardens, neighborhood and #EastRiverPark #waterfront on the #LowerEastSide of #NYC.

Share ideas, brainstorm and and collaborate co-creating the Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions at the ECOLOGICAL CITY – PLANNING MEETING

Find out how to participate in #EcologicalArtsWorkshops from February 29 – May 6 every Wednesday 6-9pm and Saturday 12-4pm creating spectacular giant puppets, costumes and performances exploring local sustainability sites and climate solution initiatives.

Groups and organizations are invited to create groups arts projects.
Visual arts and performance projects created through the workshops are presented in the culminating Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions on Saturday May 9, 2020 with 20 sites performances celebrating climate solutions and ecological sustainability initiatives throughout community gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side.

MORE INFORMATION: www.earthcelebrations.comFB Message: Earth Celebrations-Ecological and Social Change through the Arts
Earth Celebrations’ Ecological City: Cultural & Climate Solutions Action Project in partnership with LUNGS (Loisaida Urban Neighborhood Gardens – representing 48 Lower East Side Gardens), Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, NYC Community Garden District, Green Map, East Village Community Coalition, Lower East Side Girls Club, University Settlement, Educational Alliance, Sixth Street Community Center, Loisaida Inc. Center, GOLES,, East River Park Coalition, East River Alliance, East River Park Action, Friends of Corlears Hook Park, Lower East Side Ecology, Solar One, Waterfront Alliance, Gaia Institute, FABnyc, Arts Loisaida, 4th Street Block Association, Times Up, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, One Brick, PS364-Earth School, Childrens Workshop School, New School/Parsons, Hunter College-School of Community Organizing and NYU.

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OrganizerEarth Celebrations Inc.

Organizer of Ecological City: Art & Climate Solutions – Panel & Planning Meeting

Earth Celebrations is a non-profit orgization founded in 1991 on the Lower East Side of New York City to apply the inspirational power of the arts to build community, collaboration and action on climate change, river restoration, waste management and the preservation of species, habitats, community gardens, parks and a healthy urban environment. Earth Celebrations has developed and utilizes collaborative art processes, civic engagement and environmental action to build broad-based coalitions and cross-sector partnerships with local organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, schools, and community residents to generate ecological, policy and social change.

Our pioneering environmental arts programs include the 15-year Save Our Gardens project (1991-2005), which utilized the transformative power of the arts, creating a theatrical Procession to Save Our Gardens to mobilize a coalition effort that led to the preservation of hundreds of community gardens in New York City. The Hudson River Pageant (2009-2012) applied this creative model to engage community in restoration efforts of the Hudson River estuary and waterfront.

Our current Ecological City: Cultural & Climate Solutions Action Project launched in 2018, engages community, through the cultural strategies of arts and collaborative action we have developed over the past 30 years, on climate solution initiatives to mitigate climate and environmental impacts flooding, carbon pollution, run-off, waste and sea-level rise throughout the gardens, neighborhood and waterfront on the LES.

Ecological City engages the community to co-create a public theatrical pageant through 5 months of environmental place-based learning workshops and visual art and performance creation engage participants to explore and celebrate local sustainability sites, connecting climate solution initiatives as a cohesive urban sustainable ecosystem and amplifying their importance to city and global climate challenges.

www.earthcelebrations.com

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL

[This] year, May 21st to 31st 2020 we’re celebrating the 10th birthday of the International Uranium Film Festival (link is external) and we want to bring the best nuclear films and its filmmakers from the last ten years together with new productions to Rio de Janeiro. The venue will be like in the years before the Cinematheque of Rio de Janeiro’s prestigious Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio) (link is external). Already more than 25 awarded filmmakers and producers from 12 countries agreed to come to Rio in 2020. 

NUCLEAR POWER & CLIMATE CHANGE

In addition to the screenings of dozens of nuclear films this in the world unique film festival about the atomic age is planning a powerful panel on one of the most important questions of our time: Climate Change and Nuclear Power. Are nuclear power plants a solution to global warming?

Join us and help the Uranium Film Festival to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Whether you are for or against the use of nuclear power or uranium: Everyone should be aware of the radioactive risks.  Make a mark and contribute to the festival.

ATOMIC FILMS AND FESTIVAL SPONSORS WANTED

The Uranium Film Festival’s call for entries for 2020 is sill open. Filmmakers and producers can send their documentaries, animations, non-fiction or experimental movies until 1 January 2020. In addition the festival invites the media and social or environmentally conscious companies as festival sponsors and partners. 

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AN UNLIKELY IDEA BECOMES A BIG SUCCESS (LINK IS EXTERNAL)

„We founded the International Uranium Film Festival in 2010 just a few months before Fukushima especially to ensure that atomic disasters such as Chernobyl or the horror of nuclear bomb  attacks and nuclear bomb tests are not forgotten nor repeated,” recalls festival director Norbert G. Suchanek. „When we published our first call for entry, very surprisingly one of the first productions we received and awarded was the extraordinary short film Atomic Bombs On The Planet Earth(link is external) by Peter Greenaway. Since that we have shown more than 200 nuclear films from around the globe until today.”

The first edition of the International Uranium Film Festival was held in May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Since that it became quickly the world’s premier annual film event about nuclear power and all radioactive risks, from uranium mining to nuclear waste, from Hiroshima to Fukushima.It is today a global event highlighting nuclear awareness. Uranium Film Festival were organized already in 7 countries more than 40 cities around the globe, from Rio(link is external) to Berlin(link is external), Washington DC, New York(link is external)Hollywood(link is external)Santa Fe(link is external)Window Rock,(link is external) New Delhi,(link is external) Mumbai, Amman, Quebec(link is external) and Montreal; from Brazil to Germany, USA, India(link is external), Portugal, Jordan(link is external) and Canada. And film journalists already called it the “Atomic Cannes”(link is external).

MAM Rio Uranium Film Festival - Director Marcia Gomes

Márcia Gomes de Oliveira, Uranium Film Festival co-founder & executive director in front of the Modern Art Museum of Rio (MAM Rio).(link is external)

Every penny collected during this campaign will be used to organize the film festival and to bring as many filmmakers as possible to Rio. The more support we get the more filmmakers we can invite and the better and the more impact will have the festival to achieve one of our major goals: nuclear awareness. Any additional funds beyond that goal will help us to organize the festival in other locations too. Like in the years before, further Uranium Film Festivals are also planned in other countries like USA, Germany (Berlin), Portugal, Spain and Greenland. Environmental conscious people and nuclear activists around the world are eager to have the Uranium Film Festival in their country to support their nuclear campaigns against (for example) planned uranium mines like in Spain and Greenland or for the clean-up of abandoned uranium mines in the USA or Portugal.

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French-Canadian Actress (link is external) Karine Vanasse (link is external) attending the International Uranium Film Festival 2015 in Quebec. (link is external)

What others are saying

Students of Rio de Janeiro’s State school FAETEC Adolpho Bloch for film, TV, Event & Dance: Opening of the Uranium Film Festival at Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio) (link is external)

In Rio de Janeiro the Uranium Film Festival is supported since 2011 by the Rio de Janeiro’s FAETEC State school for film, cinema, TV, dance and events (Adolpho Bloch). FAETEC students serve also as festival volunteers. During the festival they can practice their skills and meet international filmmakers and producers. Further supporters are the Cinematheque of Rio’s Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio), the local bars and restaurants in Santa Teresa, Bar do Mineiro, Armazém São Thiago e Esquina de Santa and Rio de Janeiro’s best cachaça producer Cachaça Magnífica.

Uranium Film Festival Rio Volunteers and directors

Photo: Festival volunteers and the founders of the Uranium Film Festival in the centre.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATION AND SUPPORTING THE FESTIVAL. 

Marcia Gomes de Oliveira and Norbert G. Suchanek
Founder and directors of the Uranium Film Festival

DONATION VIA BANK TRANSFER TO

Name: Norbert Suchanek / Uranium Film Festival
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Please contact us for general information and sponsorship
International Uranium Film Festival
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301Santa Teresa / Rio de Janeiro / RJ
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Email: info@uraniumfilmfestival.org (link sends e-mail)

See also our Crowdfunding Campaign! (link is external)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/10th-international-uranium-film-festi…(link is external)

Dates announced for Cultural Adaptations conference

Save the date: the Cultural Adaptations conference will take place in Glasgow, from 6-8 October 2020.

This unique event will combine keynote presentations and participatory workshops to share international learning on how culture can play a central role in climate change adaptation. 

Across three days, the conference will present the learnings from workshops in four European nations (Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland) as well as expert speakers from case studies, successful initiatives and exemplary international leadership in adaptation and culture. 

The programme will explore:

  • How cultural organisations can adapt to the projected impacts of climate change using new methods and digital tools
  • How adaptation by cultural SMEs can lead and support other city-region organisations to adapt
  • How creative methods and arts practice can shape how regions adapt to climate change
  • How cross-sector collaboration on climate issues can be a future role for the arts

Register your interest to be notified when ticket registration opens in April 2020.

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More about Cultural Adaptations

What is the Cultural Adaptations project?

Learnings from the embedded artist process

More about the Cultural Adaptations Conference


ONASSIS FOUNDATION: CULTURE & SUSTAINABILITY

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SYMPOSIUM EXAMINING THE ROLE THAT THE CULTURAL SECTOR CAN PLAY IN THE FIGHT FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

04-06 – 06-06-2020

ONASSIS STEGI

107-109 SYNGROU AVENUE
11745 ATHENS, GREECE

FREE

Living in an era when the human impact on the climate and ecosystems is rapidly becoming catastrophic, cultural institutions need to be at the forefront of the effort to achieve environmental sustainability. Onassis STEGI is committed to embedding sustainability in its activities at all levels. This includes reducing our own environmental footprint, contributing to social awareness, developing good practices through EDUCATION and the arts and joining forces with environmentally active PEOPLE and organizations throughout the world.

Two years after the launch of our sustainability program here at Onassis STEGI, in collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle –a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental change– we are inviting artists, scientists, activists and cultural practitioners to gather in ATHENS for an interdisciplinary symposium including various parallel events. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss in public the role of the cultural sector in this most urgent fight to preserve our earth. Environmental protection is a cultural issue.


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ORGANIZED BY ONASSIS STEGI
IN COLLABORATION WITH JULIE’S BICYCLE
SUPPORTED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL (GREECE)


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Canada Council for the Arts: The Arts and Climate Change

Blog post from Director and CEO, Simon Brault

Every day we witness new and dramatic consequences of the ongoing rise in temperatures. Scientists have been raising the alarm for quite some time—the causes of climate change are well-known and documented. Many people think the fires presently blazing through Australia are but a prelude to other destructive and deadly catastrophes.

Youth from around the world are taking to the streets to call for action. In 2019, Angus Reid revealed that 72% of Canadians approved of worldwide demands by youth for climate action.

The demands go beyond mere awareness—they are an outright call for climate justice.

Mobilization for climate justice

Climate justice includes moral, political, ethical, and cultural considerations. It also involves environmental, technical and physical approaches, and goes far beyond them as well. Climate justice examines social inequality, as well as fundamental and collective rights. It addresses the rights of future generations, as well as historic responsibilities. And climate-related inequalities are real. A compelling example of this can be found in Canada’s northern territories, which I visited in the summer of 2019.

In 2019, the rise in world temperatures since 1948 reached 1.7°C—an absolute record. But in Northern Canada, where Indigenous people make up more than 50% of the population, temperatures have actually risen 2.3°C.[i]Disastrous consequences are already being felt: permafrost deterioration is accelerating, certain plants have become extinct, the water is polluted, and Indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life has been tragically and directly impacted. Though Inuit and First Nations people are severely affected by climate change, they are rarely present at the decision-making tables where climate action is discussed.

The demand for climate justice is mobilizing more and more arts communities—notably Indigenous ones. With good reason: it is rooted in citizenry, and it emphasizes inclusion and equity.

The Canada Council for the Arts and climate change

We are currently developing our strategic plan for 2021–26, and we are looking to take a solid and consistent position on the issue of climate change. And our position will include an authentic Indigenous perspective, and an international and inclusive point of view.

In addition to focusing on environmentally innovative approaches to production and dissemination, the Council will continue to support creation that addresses climate issues in all dimensions artists choose to explore. The Council will also continue to demonstrate exemplary practices in the way it manages and reduces its own ecological footprint. As we continue our reduction, recovery, and greening initiatives, we will examine the ways we conduct our operations. Our employees and the community demand this kind of environmental leadership, and it will guarantee our public credibility so that we can have a voice on the most pressing issue of our time.

In the coming months, we will also be engaging in discussions with artists and organizations in order to define tangible measures that we can implement while proposing a vision of environmental justice that fully integrates the arts and culture.

[i] Bush, E. and Lemmen, D.S., editors (2019): Section 8.4.1 : Changes in northern Canada” Canada’s Changing Climate Report; Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON. 444 p.

Q18 DESCRIBED: TENDINGS

Lead Editor’s note: We will be publishing excerpts from Q18: dis/sustain/ability, guest edited by Bronwyn Preece, in order to make the content accessible to blind readers with audio screen readers. We’ll also be including audio descriptions of the Quarterly’s original layout designed by Stephanie Plenner, audio described. Please stay tuned for future posts and share widely. In this chapter, Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers embody a discussion of creative practice as self-care.

Reading and Audio Description of “Tendings” by Petra Kuppers and Stephanie Heit

Tendings: Creative Practice as Self-Care 

by Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers

In this essay, we share our ongoing joint practices of tending, collaborating, and being in place. We initially developed these practices out of the curriculum of Body and Earth by Andrea Olsen, which combines experiential anatomy, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. We began these tending practices in May 2015 while at Playa Artist Residency in Oregon and have continued them in our homebase of Ann Arbor, Michigan and during 2016 in multiple residencies, from Vandaler Forening in Oslo, Norway to The Thicket Artist Residency on a Georgia barrier island. The work connects us to the environments we are in; tunes us into our own bodyminds and their shifting states; tends our individual selves, our relationship and our surroundings; and nurtures our personal creative projects and Olimpias work [1] within a laboratory of open attention. The practices’ sustainability relies on our own flexibility and creativity to meet the day’s needs: shifting a movement exercise from standing to lying down to accommodate pain, narrating prompts to support concentration and reading difficulties, and adapting an exercise that calls for swimming in a lake to a bathtub or pool when it is freezing outside. These ‘tendings’ cultivate ongoing creative self-care and create a framework that extends to stewardship of self, interdependence, community, and the environment.

Location/Dislocation

Stephanie: Our tendings reside within shifting locations as travel, performance engagements, and artist residencies change our locations. I live with bipolar disorder and my stability relies upon routine. Intensive travel and change, though exciting, can often be a challenge and disruptive to my equilibrium. Each new place I work to establish a nest and connect to the ground. I unpack my things (if we are in a place for a stretch) and familiarize myself with the layout of the space. Find where I feel comfortable, where I want to write. The tending practices help me transition from here to there, which may mean a new time zone, slant of light, ecosystem, temperature, as well as exhaustion from long travel days that deplete me and demand recovery time. 

Lying on the ground and feeling grass blades on my ankles and neck as Petra traces my outline with her feet and cane, I tune into the specific breathing of the wind, allow my rhythms to tune into the rhythms of my surroundings. These tendings we create and adapt to hold each other in changeable states and to witness and hold the land in which we are visitors. The invitation to feel the cellular exchange – inside to outside, outside to inside – is permission to be however we are. I can be tired while Petra is charged after a productive morning, and the muskrat swims in sleek V’s across the pond. I’m able to lean into the care offered through connecting with Petra, perhaps in palpating each other’s feet bones giving way to a juicy foot massage, and heightening my awareness through engaging with the oak tree, shoreline, wood mossy floor. This multiple focus that includes and extends beyond, often gives way to shifts – tiredness may lessen after falling into a deep snooze while listening to red-winged blackbirds. There is tending in this creative gesture of interaction and witnessing, in paying attention to both strength and fragility. 

Petra: In many ways, the availability of travel is still a miracle to me: as a disabled woman and wheelchair user, one of my fears (grounded in the reality of living in a non-accessible world) is being stuck, not being able to move, for pain, for wheelchair-inaccessible environments with stairs and thresholds. In ridiculous overcompensation, my life-path has been one of mobility, one that leaves me without a mortgage or permanent home, and one that means that I have a decade-long practice of taking occasional leave from my university to go gallivanting. But travel is not good news for stressed environments, and I know the ecological impacts of flights, and try to be mindful in my choices. 

Disability access still sucks, everywhere. My embedment in the privilege of white and child-free academia allows me funds to overcome barriers. And love, of course. The love of my partner, my friends, my Olimpias artist collective collaborators, all the many people with whom we play and who open up their homes, their trucks, their knowledge of secret lakes to us. I am glad to travel these days mainly with my collaborator and romantic partner – Stephanie is the smallest connective web outside my own bodymindspirit, and we’re weaving our world together, two fragile women, queercrip travellers who help each other through challenges. A few years ago, I said no to the life of the gigging scholar/artist and the multitude of plastic hotel rooms I sat in after the last rehearsal or performance or dinner, lonely and disconnected. I am taking seriously the charge to build my performance career as a sustainable thing, through and with travel, and I can do so by leaning always toward and into connection.

After all the travel, the point of the exercise is to live a rich life everywhere, including at home. So after weeks of adjusting to the particulars of beds, paths, and dietary options, we get to play out our new sensoria in familiar surroundings, at home. Suddenly, it’s February, and we stretch and touch ice crystals on Michigan trees. We trace paths in the sand of a beach on Lake Michigan, careful not to slip on the snow. I remember how easy and free that movement felt when I had just climbed out of a hot tub in the Sierra Nevadas, my bodymind warm and my blood bathing my achy joints. The memory helps my swing in the cold crispness of our riverside park in Ann Arbor. And in turn, the delicacy of ice sculptures makes me see the abandon of the Floridian sea with new appreciation, makes me think about the fish out there, and their journeys, the pathways of so many creatures who circle around the earth.

Mover and Witness

Stephanie: We water dance in the Florida pool with its plunging deep end and Atlantic waves in ear distance pounding the shore. Sunday ‘snowbirds’ lounge in afternoon siesta. Petra and I enter the pool, one couple in the shallow end share the space. We employ a practice from Authentic Movement that has become a staple in our investigations; we witness each other for timed movement sessions, the mover with eyes closed. Petra submerges, her body fluid and grace as she buoys the depths, limbs waft and carve the surrounding water. There is ease and delight as she changes pace and twists her knees in alternating tightropes to the bottom, surfacing with arms reaching to sky, water droplets streaming. I witness aware of my own impulses, certain moves she makes that my body wants to try on, aware of the difference between watching underwater and above water. As witness, my job is also to keep Petra safe, to make sure she isn’t in danger of running into the cement side or into another swimmer (in this case a moot concern as we now have the pool to ourselves). After five minutes we change roles, and I explore water’s range, lean into the sensation of held breath, bubbles out my nose as I go down, and the sweetness of inhale only to go under again. I enjoy the slight disorientation with my eyes closed, the lessened gravity and ability to freely go upside down and flip in ways uncomfortable to me on land. We do a couple more rounds and both comment on how much fun this is and wonder why we didn’t start sooner.

Our water dances are not ‘performed’ with an audience in mind. In this case, we did have some onlookers from the pool: found audience members. But usually it is simply Petra and myself in nature with many non-human participants such as birds, gecko, unfurling fern. At times, we are witnessed by the occasional human, such as the odd straggler who walks by while we are in our local botanical garden dancing with a young sapling on a trail. We are not in rehearsal for a presentation. The focus is on awareness in the moment, not on product. 

Nourishment and Manifestation

Petra: Our tendings provide nourishment for ourselves, for our relationship, for our engagement with our environment. And they also lead us toward manifestation. New audiencing procedures emerge from our tending practice. I am learning more and more about and through somatic writing, writing that accompanies bodily sensation. So after our daily five-minute dances in water, we trek home to the apartment, and take out notebook or computer. Freewrite time. Stephanie writes somatic vignettes which she later mines into poems. I am currently engaged in a fiction apprenticeship: I track my somatic states by pushing them into narrative scenarios. She writes about the raccoons swimming across the tidal channel in a straight line, making us laugh with their little white ears sticking up. In the same freewriting timeslot, I write about a group of women engaged in an aquafitness session in the long tidal zone of the beach — shallow waters with low breakers –marching together and finding each their own challenge and blessing in the sea. Both productions are nourished by the freedom of sensing, listening, smelling, tasting, touching in open form engagement with the elements of site. 

Toward Performance

There are other manifestations of our practices. In December 2016, we sent out an invite for an Olimpias action on the beach at Jupiter, Florida. This was our call, put out on social media: 

We’re going to have an Olimpias sound improvisation score on the beach, honoring the passing of experimental sound artist and queer elder Pauline Oliveros. Since Katy Peterson, Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers set this in motion, the tragedy in Oakland happened [2], so we’re also holding space to mourn the electronic musicians, dancers and lovers who died in the Ghost Ship. If you want to join us, with instruments, moving bodies, voices, or just your presence, just message. Action followed by an early dinner together. Free, dinner will be subsidized if you need it, let us know if you need particular access provisions as that will shape where we’ll meet exactly.

This was tending in a larger frame. We listened together, and then performed an open score improvisation in the rhythm of the waves crashing into the sand and rocks of Coral Cove State Park. In our ear was the chatter of a group of young students who visited the site with a warden, the susurration of wind on sand, the roiling of water lapping over itself in the hollows of the sandstone rocks, the (to us) non-audible sounds of conspicuous chiton mollusks who clung to rock niches, moving in non-human time. Out of these moments of deep listening, we created a song we sent outward, to help and honor the path of familiar creative spirits far away, into the hollows, toward the horizon.

Moment Awareness and Sustainability

These are some examples of public manifestations of our private, ongoing, everyday practices of tendings: writings, participatory actions, little calls to attention, shifts in bodyminds, through the sound practices of poetry, through the somatic engagement of performance workshops, through the narrative drives of fiction. 

Our first impetus is the moment itself. Our tendings are moment awareness work that nourishes attention and tends our senses. We hold space for the Open. We also pay attention to our avenues toward manifestation outside our private sphere. Our collaborative practice is sustainable as a partnership through differentiation as much as through collaboration. Each of us creates our own responses to the communally held actions, and, individually and communally, we find our audiences. Being in these flows, open creation and focused manifestation, nourishment and production, are the vital energies of our personal thriving. 

We live well when we swim, roll, dive and float. And we feel better when we find points of connection between our private play in the land and water and the wider world around us, a sociopolitical world that needs to see joy, embedment, disabled people finding their grace, and reaching out toward others to sit on the beach together, listening.

Biographies

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017) is her debut poetry collection, and her work most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Typo, Streetnotes, Nerve Lantern, Queer Disability Anthology, Spoon Knife Anthology, Theatre Topics, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. She has been awarded residencies at Vandaler Forening in Oslo, Norway; The Thicket in Darien, Georgia; Tasmania College of the Arts and Parramatta Artists Studio in Australia. www.stephanieheitpoetry.wordpress.com 

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (www.olimpias.org). Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods. Her Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014) is full of practical exercises for classrooms and studios. Her most recent poetry book is PearlStitch (2016).  She has recently been awarded residencies at Vandaler Forening in Oslo, Norway; The Thicket in Darien, Georgia; Surel’s Place in Boise, Idaho; Tasmania College of the Arts and Parramatta Artists Studio in Australia. 

Queer Crip Speculative Fiction (Apprentice) site:

www.petrakuppersfiction.wordpress.com

Footnotes:

  1. The Olimpias has a long history of community art practice with disabled people in water, on land, in site-specific explorations. For more information about the Olimpias, see Kuppers, 2014, and, more recently, about the Salamander Project of underwater explorations, see Kuppers (2015 and forthcoming) and Karp and Block (forthcoming). See also Kafer about Olimpias minor outdoor actions in nature (2013: 143/44)
  2. A house fire on Dec. 2, 2016 at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland killed 36 people during an underground electronic music show. The resulting discussions highlighted the struggles of many people, including artists, in finding affordable and safe housing in gentrifying cities.

References:

Kafer, Alison. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

Karp, P. & Block P. (in press) We Float Together: Immersing OT Students in the Salamander Project. In Occupation Based Social Inclusion. (Eds. Brueggen, H., Kantartzis, S., and Pollard, N. Whiting and Birch, London, UK.

Kuppers, Petra. “‘Swimming with the Salamander: A community eco-performance project’ Performing Ethos, 5, no. 1/2 (2015): 119-135.

Kuppers, Petra. “Writing with the Salamander: An Ecopoetic Community Performance Project.” Field Works: Essays on Ecopoetics. University of Iowa Press, forthcoming.

Kuppers, Petra. Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape. Harmondsworth: Palgrave, 2014.

Olsen, Andrea; Bill McKibben, fwd., Caryn McHose: Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide. Middlebury, 2002.

WE MAKE TOMORROW #CLIMATEEMERGENCY EVENT – Julie’s Bicycle

Science tells us that we have a decade within which to make unprecedented and far-reaching changes to all aspects of society. Decisions made in the coming years will be critical in determining our future. 

Tickets now available for JB’s 2020 summit, titled We Make Tomorrow: creative climate action in a time of crisis – we invite you to join us.

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This provocative, intergenerational and action-focused event will bring creative and cultural leaders and institutions together with funders, grassroots activists, policy-makers and the scientific community to explore what creativity, leadership and innovation means in the context of climate and ecological emergency, ahead of the crucial COP26 climate talks.

How do we build the future we want?

Taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society London – where Julie’s Bicycle held one of its first events for the music industry more than 10 years ago – this event will bring together high-profile expert speakers and facilitators with an audience of over 300 from across the UK and beyond. Together we will ask: What will the world be like in 2030, and what can the creative and cultural community do now to push us closer to the future we want?  

This day-long event will look at the political, demographic, economic and social forces driving our changing climate and devastating loss of nature, and explore how the arts and cultural sector can be galvanised to move us towards net-zero whilst laying foundations for a more connected and just future society.

Creative climate partnerships

We are delighted to be partnering with the General Ecology project at the Serpentine Galleries, who are curating artist-led performative interventions and workshops; and Sam Lee and The Nest Collective who are curating musical performances and walkabouts throughout the day. This cross-disciplinary collaborative project will feature many more friends and contributors who will be announced in the new year. Sign up to for JB news to find out more.

You can expect interactive sessions, performances, high profile keynotes, and cross-disciplinary discussion. As a participant of this event, we would like you to bring your vision, experience and expertise to help shape and contribute towards the day. 

We will be announcing further details very soon. But for now, don’t miss out – book your ticket at the early bird rate (only available until 3rd January)!

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This event is run in partnership with the Arts Council England as part of the environmental programme.

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Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow

Period
2019.11.19 [Tue] – 2020.3.29 [Sun] 
Open every day

Open Hours
10:00-22:00 (Last Admission: 21:30)
* 10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays (Last Admission: 16:30)
* Open until 22:00 on Tuesdays of November 19, December 31, 2019 and February 11, 2020 (Last Admission: 21:30)

Venue
Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo)
Access

Admission
Adult 1,800 yen
University / Highschool student 1,200 yen
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student) 600 yen
Senior (Ages 65 & over) 1,500 yen

Advance ticket
Ticket Pia [P-code: 769-948] (* In Japanese-language only)
Adult 1,500 yen
Available until 2020.3.29 [Sun] 

ASOVIEW (* In Japanese-language only)
Adult 1,500 yen et al.
Available until 2020.3.29 [Sun]

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Advances in technology over the past few years are now starting to have a significant impact on various aspects of our lives. It is said that not too far in the future, human beings will be entrusting many of their decisions to AI (artificial intelligence) which will then supersede human intelligence; the advent of “singularity” will potentially usher in enormous changes to our society and lifestyles. Another development, that of blockchain technology, looks set to build new levels of trust and value into our social systems, while advances in biotechnology will have a major impact on food, medicine, and the environment. It is also possible that one day, we humans will be able to extend our physical functions, and enjoy longer life spans. The effect of such changes may not be necessarily and universally positive, yet surely we need to at least acquire a vision of what life may look like in the next 20-30 years, and ponder the possibilities of that new world. Doing so will also spark fundamental questions about the nature of affluence and of being human, and what constitutes life.

Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow, consisted of five sections: i.e. “New Possibilities of Cities;” “Toward Neo-Metabolism Architecture;” “Lifestyle and Design Innovations;” “Human Augmentation and Its Ethical Issues;” and “Society and Humans in Transformation,” will showcase over 100 projects/works. The exhibition will aim to encourage us to contemplate cities, environmental issues, human lifestyles and the likely state of human beings as well as human society – all in the imminent future, via cutting-edge developments in science and technology including AI, biotechnology, robotics, and AR (augmented reality), plus art, design, and architecture influenced by all these.

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Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange
The Orb
2018
Photo: Michael Filippoff

(Top image: ecoLogicStudio, H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g 2019 ©NAARO)

Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow

OrganizersMori Art Museum
NHK
In Association withEmbassy of Switzerland in Japan
Grant fromAdam Mickiewicz Institute / culture.pl
Australian Embassy Tokyo
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Corporate SponsorsOBAYASHI CORPORATION
Delta Electronics (Japan), Inc.
JUT Group (Taiwan)
MAIN
MGM Resorts Japan
Thai Beverage Public Company Limited
SANKEN SETSUBI KOGYO CO., LTD.
mixi, Inc.
IHI Transport Machinery Co., Ltd.
KUME SEKKEI Co., Ltd.
NIPPON PMAC Co., Ltd.
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
AMANO Corporation
SHINRYO CORPORATION 
SupportALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD.
Champagne Pommery
Production SupportTAKENAKA CORPORATION
NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD
NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
GE Healthcare Life Sciences
ASTRODESIGN,Inc.
PatronTezuka Kiyoshi
Curated byNanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum, Singapore)
Curatorial AdvisorsSymbioticA, The University of Western Australia
The Mori Memorial Foundation