My #conscientpodcast conversation with Robin Sokoloski, Janis Monture and their students as part ofÂ a class in Art Policy, Equity and Activism at Centennial College in Toronto exploringÂ the role of the arts in activism,Â including quotes fromÂ e40 frasz,Â e82 washable paint,Â e05Â carruthers,Â e73 judith marcuse â€“ finding the energy to keep movingÂ andÂ e85 tracey friesen â€“ narratives of resilience for a post carbon world.
Robin Sokoloski and Janis Monture teach a class in Art Policy, Equity and Activism at Centennial College in Toronto and asked me to be guest speaker on the issue of art and activism on November 23, 2021. The class kindly agreed to have the class recorded as episode 86 of this podcast.Â
Iâ€™ve known Robin from many years in her role with Mass Culture and more recently as a co-founder of the Sectoral Climate Arts Leadership for the Emergency (SCALE) network. Robin was also my guest on episode 61 of this podcast. I met Janis many years ago back when I ran the Inter-Arts Office at Canada Council for the Arts in her role with the Woodland Cultural Centre.
Before the class Robin suggested I read this article : Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism, which I recommend to anyone interested in art and activism.
The conversation took place in â€˜interviewâ€™ style. Robin asked me four questions:
What is the arts role in activism when it comes to positive social good?
Can art affect policy? Is there an example you can think of?
What role can arts funders play when it comes to art and activism?
Share your current interest in art activism. What possibilities do you see within the arts or general public that encourage you to continue this work?
My answers, as well as my interaction with students, are in the recording.
This episode also includes excerpts from e40 frasz, e82 washable paint, e05 carruthers, e73 judith marcuse â€“ finding the energy to keep moving and e85 tracey friesen â€“ narratives of resilience for a post carbon world.
Links referred to in this episode:
- Artists must confront the climate crisis â€“ we must write as if these are the last daysâ€™
- Canada Council 21-26 Strategic Plan
- Climate Art Web
- The times are urgent; let us slow down
Ma conversation #baladoconscient avec Robin Sokoloski, Janis Monture et leurs Ã©tudiants dans le cadre d'un cours sur la politique artistique, l'Ã©quitÃ© et l'activisme au Centennial College de Toronto sur le rÃ´le des arts dans l'activisme, y inclut des extraits des Ã©pisodes suivants: e40 frasz, e82 washable paint, e05 carruthers, e73 judith marcuse â€“ finding the energy to keep moving et e85 tracey friesen â€“ narratives of resilience for a post carbon world.
Robin Sokoloski et Janis Monture donnent un cours sur la politique artistique, lâ€™Ã©quitÃ© et lâ€™activisme au Centennial College de Toronto et mâ€™ont demandÃ© dâ€™Ãªtre confÃ©rencier invitÃ© sur la question de lâ€™art et de lâ€™activisme le 23 novembre 2021. La classe a aimablement acceptÃ© que le cours soit enregistrÃ© comme lâ€™Ã©pisode 86 de ce balado.
Je connais Robin depuis de nombreuses annÃ©es dans le cadre de son rÃ´le au sein de Mobilisation culturelle et, plus rÃ©cemment, en tant que cofondatrice du rÃ©seau Leadership sectorial des arts sur lâ€™urgence de la transition Ã©cologique (LeSAUT). Robin Ã©tait Ã©galement mon invitÃ©e dans lâ€™Ã©pisode 61 de ce balado. Jâ€™ai rencontrÃ© Janis il y a de nombreuses annÃ©es, lorsque je dirigeais le Bureau Inter-Arts du Conseil des arts du Canada dans le cadre de son rÃ´le au Woodland Cultural Centre.
Avant le cours, Robin mâ€™a suggÃ©rÃ© de lire cet article : Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism, que je recommande Ã toute personne intÃ©ressÃ©e par lâ€™art et lâ€™activisme.
La conversation sâ€™est dÃ©roulÃ©e sous la forme dâ€™une â€œinterviewâ€. Robin mâ€™a posÃ© quatre questions :
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Quel est le rÃ´le des arts dans lâ€™activisme lorsquâ€™il sâ€™agit de faire du bien social ?
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Lâ€™art peut-il influer sur la politique ? Y a-t-il un exemple auquel vous pouvez penser ?
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Quel rÃ´le les organismes de financement des arts peuvent-ils jouer en ce qui concerne lâ€™art et lâ€™activisme ?
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Partagez votre intÃ©rÃªt actuel pour lâ€™activisme artistique. Quelles possibilitÃ©s voyez-vous au sein des arts ou du grand public qui vous encouragent Ã poursuivre ce travail ?
Mes rÃ©ponses, ainsi que mon interaction avec les Ã©tudiants, se trouvent dans lâ€™enregistrement.
Cet Ã©pisode comprend Ã©galement des extraits de e40 frasz, e82 washable paint, e05 carruthers, e73 judith marcuse â€“ finding the energy to keep moving et e85 tracey friesen â€“ narratives of resilience for a post carbon world.
Liens mentionnÃ©s dans cet Ã©pisode :
- Artists must confront the climate crisis â€“ we must write as if these are the last days
- Plan stratÃ©gique 21-26 du Conseil des Arts du Canada
- The times are urgent; let us slow down
- Web dâ€™art climatique
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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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