Conscient Podcast: e36 fanconi

Ben Twist at Creative Carbon Scotland talks about the transformation from a culture of consumerism to a culture of stewardship and we are the culture makers so isn’t that our job right now to make a new culture and it will take all of us as artists together to do that? …  It’s not enough to do carbon neutral work. We want to do carbon positive work. We want our artwork to be involved with ecological restoration. What does that mean? I’ve been thinking a lot about that. What is theatre practice that actually gives back, that makes something more sustainable? That is carbon positive. I guess that’s a conversation that I’m hoping to have in the future with other theater makers who have that vision.

kendra fanconi, conscient podcast, April 19, 2021, British Columbia

I’ve known Kendra for many years, first through her work with Radix Theatre then as an arts and environment advocate in the community, notably through The Only Animal company, which she co-founded with Eric Rhys Miller in 2005 and which has created over 30 shows  that ‘take theatre places it has never gone before’. I’ve always admired Kendra’s vision, her calm demeanour, her strategic mind, and deep commitment to environment issues, as you’ll hear on our conversation, which recorded remotely between Ottawa and her home on the Sunshine Coast.

As I did with all episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality in this episode.

I would like to thank Kendra for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her deep knowledge of arts and environment practices, her generosity of spirit and her passion for the mobilization of artists in climate emergency.

For more information on Kendra’s work, see

Kendra in the field…


Ben Twist, de Creative Carbon Scotland, parle de la transformation d’une culture de consommation en une culture d’intendance. Nous sommes les créateurs de la culture, alors n’est-ce pas notre travail de créer une nouvelle culture, et il nous faudra tous, en tant qu’artistes, pour y parvenir ? … Il ne suffit pas de faire un travail neutre en carbone. Nous voulons faire un travail positif en termes de carbone. Nous voulons que nos Å“uvres d’art participent à la restauration écologique. Qu’est-ce que cela signifie ? J’ai beaucoup réfléchi à cette question. Quelle est la pratique théâtrale qui redonne réellement, qui rend quelque chose plus durable ? Qui soit positive en termes de carbone. Je suppose que c’est une conversation que j’espère avoir à l’avenir avec d’autres créateurs de théâtre qui ont cette vision.

kendra fanconi, balado conscient, 19 avril 2021, Colombie-Britannique

Je connais Kendra depuis de nombreuses années, d’abord par son travail avec Radix Theatre, puis en tant que défenseur des arts et de l’environnement dans la communauté, notamment par le biais de la compagnie The Only Animal, qu’elle a cofondée avec Eric Rhys Miller en 2005 et qui a créé plus de 30 spectacles qui “emmènent le théâtre là où il n’est jamais allé auparavant”. J’ai toujours admiré la vision de Kendra, son comportement calme, son esprit stratégique et son profond engagement envers les questions environnementales, comme vous pourrez l’entendre au cours de notre conversation, enregistrée à distance entre Ottawa et sa maison sur la Sunshine Coast.

Comme je l’ai fait pour tous les épisodes de cette saison, j’ai intégré à cet épisode des extraits d’épisodes précédents – dans ce cas, de  e19 reality.

Je tiens à remercier Kendra d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, de partager sa profonde connaissance des pratiques artistiques et environnementales, sa générosité d’esprit et sa passion pour la mobilisation des artistes dans l’urgence climatique.

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Kendra, voir .

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About the Concient Podcast from Claude Schryer

The conscient podcast / balado conscient is a series of conversations about art, conscience and the ecological crisis. This podcast is bilingual (in either English or French). The language of the guest determines the language of the podcast. Episode notes are translated but not individual interviews.

I started the conscient project in 2020 as a personal learning journey and knowledge sharing exercise. It has been rewarding, and sometimes surprising.

The term ‘conscient’ is defined as ‘being aware of one’s surroundings, thoughts and motivations’. My touchstone for the podcast is episode 1, e01 terrified, based on an essay I wrote in May 2019, where I share my anxiety about the climate crisis and my belief that arts and culture can play a critical role in raising public awareness about environmental issues. The conscient podcast / balado conscient follows up on my (2016–2019) project: 175, 3-minute audio and video field recordings that explore mindful listening.

Season 1 (May to October 2020) explored how the arts contribute to environmental awareness and action. I produced 3 episodes in French and 15 in English. The episodes cover a wide range of content, including activism, impact measurement, gaming, arts funding, cross-sectoral collaborations, social justice, artistic practices, etc. Episodes 8 to 17 were recorded while I was at the Creative Climate Leadership USA course in Arizona in March 2020 (led by Julie’s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.

Season 2 (March 2021 – ) explores the concept of reality and is about accepting reality, working through ecological grief and charting a path forward. The first episode of season 2 (e19 reality) mixes quotations from 28 authors with field recordings from simplesoundscapes and from my 1998 soundscape composition, Au dernier vivant les biens. One of my findings from this episode is that ‘I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way’. e19 reality touches upon 7 topics: our perception of reality, the possibility of human extinction, ecological anxiety and ecological grief, hope, arts, storytelling and the wisdom of indigenous cultures. The rest of season 2 features interviews with thought leaders about their responses and reactions to e19 reality.

my professional services

I’ve been retired from the Canada Council for the Arts since September 15, 2020 where I served as a senior strategic advisor in arts granting (2016-2020) and manager of the Inter-Arts Office (1999-2015). My focus in (quasi) retirement is environmental issues within my area of expertise in arts and culture, in particular in acoustic ecology. I’m open to become involved in projects that align with my values and that move forward environmental concerns. Feel free to email me for a conversation :

acknowledgement of eco-responsibility

I acknowledge that the production of the conscient podcast / balado conscient produces carbon. I try to minimize this carbon footprint by being as efficient as possible, including using GreenGeeks as my web server and acquiring carbon offsets for my equipment and travel activities from BullFrog Power and Less.

a word about privilege and bias

While recording episode 19 ‘reality’, I heard elements of ‘privilege’ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’. I realize that, in spite of good intentions, I need to work my way through issues of privilege (of all kinds) and unconscious bias the way I did through ecological anxiety and grief during the fall of 2020. My re-education is ongoing.

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