e73 judith marcuse â€“ finding theÂ energy to keep movingÂ is my conversation with arts for social change activist and dance artistÂ Judith Marcuse atÂ Judithâ€™s home in West Vancouver onÂ October 24, 2021. We started with a question about â€˜radical listeningâ€™ followed by an overview of her work asÂ executive director and founder ofÂ theÂ International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC)Â andÂ the soon to be announcedÂ Arts for Social Change Network (ASCN). At midpoint in conversation, we took a break to listen to the soundscape of her garden and continued with reflections from a presentation she gave today, October 25 at theÂ Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network.Â Many thanks to Judith for taking the time to share her deep knowledge of, and passion for, all forms of community-engaged arts and for generosity and leadership over many years in the arts community.Â
Note: the audio quality of this recording is not optimal because of social distancing.Â
I feel really at the base of myself that creating anything, art, sofas, whatever it is, allows us to give of ourselves to something that may not be lasting but in the moment, that act of creation can engender hope, can engender a sense of autonomy, a sense of possibility and we canâ€™t despair right now, weâ€™re at a tipping point, as everyone is saying and the question for me is how do we find the energy alone and collectively to keep moving in this urgency that weâ€™re all feeling without drowning in despair. I think art has an essential role to play in that agenda.
Transcript of excerpt fromÂ 22 westerkampÂ at 19m22s of e73:
That awareness of how we form relationships through sound or how we can block them, I think, is just as important and it extends right into the ecological issues and into climate change. What are we putting out there when we listen to our cities humming away: thatâ€™s energy, thatâ€™s the voice of energy being overused, right? And can we just relate through our ears to whatâ€™s happening out there? We can hear it. Itâ€™s all thereâ€¦
e73 judith marcuse - finding the energy to keep movingÂ est ma conversation avec Judith Marcuse, militante des arts pour le changement social et artiste de la danse, au domicile de Judith Ã West Vancouver le 24 octobre 2021. Nous avons commencÃ© par une question sur l'"Ã©coute radicale", suivie d'un aperÃ§u de son travail en tant que directrice exÃ©cutive et fondatrice duÂ International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC)Â et du rÃ©seau Arts for Social Change Network (ASCN), qui sera bientÃ´t annoncÃ©. Ã€ mi-chemin de la conversation, nous avons fait une pause pour Ã©couter le paysage sonore de son jardin et avons poursuivi avec des rÃ©flexions sur la prÃ©sentation qu'elle a donnÃ© aujourd'hui, le 25 octobre, auÂ Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network. Je remercie Judith d'avoir pris le temps de partager ses connaissances approfondies et sa passion pour toutes les formes d'arts engagÃ©s avec la communautÃ©, ainsi que pour sa gÃ©nÃ©rositÃ© et son leadership au cours de nombreuses annÃ©es dans la communautÃ© artistique.Â
Remarque : la qualitÃ© audio de cet enregistrement nâ€™est pas optimale en raison de la distanciation sociale.
Jâ€™ai le sentiment profond que crÃ©er quoi que ce soit, de lâ€™art, des canapÃ©s, quoi que ce soit, nous permet de donner de nous-mÃªmes Ã quelque chose qui peut ne pas Ãªtre durable mais dans lâ€™instant, cet acte de crÃ©ation peut engendrer de lâ€™espoir, peut engendrer un sentiment dâ€™autonomie, un sentiment de possibilitÃ© et nous ne pouvons pas dÃ©sespÃ©rer en ce moment, nous sommes Ã un point de basculement, comme tout le monde le dit et la question pour moi est de savoir comment trouver lâ€™Ã©nergie, individuellement et collectivement, pour continuer Ã avancer dans cette urgence que nous ressentons tous sans nous noyer dans le dÃ©sespoir. Je pense que lâ€™art a un rÃ´le essentiel Ã jouer dans ce programme.Â
Transcription de lâ€™extrait deÂ https://www.conscient.ca/podcast/e22-westerkamp/Â Ã 19m22s de e73 :
Cette prise de conscience de la faÃ§on dont nous formons des relations Ã travers le son ou comment nous pouvons les bloquer, il me semble, est tout aussi important et cela sâ€™Ã©tend aux questions Ã©cologiques et au changement climatique. Quâ€™est-ce que nous diffusons lorsque nous Ã©coutons nos villes ronronner : câ€™est de lâ€™Ã©nergie, câ€™est la voix de lâ€™Ã©nergie qui est surutilisÃ©e, nâ€™est-ce pas ? Et pouvons-nous, Ã travers nos oreilles, faire le lien avec ce qui se passe lÃ -bas ? Nous pouvons lâ€™entendre. Tout est lÃ â€¦
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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 â€˜conscientâ€™ is defined as â€˜being aware of oneâ€™s surroundings, thoughts and motivationsâ€™. 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 http://simplesoundscapes.ca (2016â€“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 Julieâ€™s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.
Season 2 (March 2021 â€“ ) 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 â€˜I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, â€˜the state of things as they actually existâ€™, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the wayâ€™. 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
Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 â€˜realityâ€™, I heard elements of â€˜privilegeâ€™ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like â€˜ecological mansplainingâ€™. 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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