cloud patterns known as von Kármán’s Vortices, caused by the air wrapping around tall islands of Cape Verde. image: NASA
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Monday 10th 2pm-4
Monday 10th May - 2pm - 4pm (BST)
Weaving transformative alternatives
A panel hosted by core members of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Ashish Kothari, Vasna Ramasar, Alejandra Jiménez and Shristee Bajpai explores how transformative indigenous and non-indigenous grassroot alternatives are weaving sustainable worlds in the global south. This event will be an inspiring demonstration of hope through alternative ways of seeing and doing. The GTA draws from its vast, global network to introduce inspiring and radical alternatives related to sustainability and climate justice.
In sharing the practice of weaving community connections and organising global dialogues the GTA demonstrates applicable, real-life, real-time examples of processes that demonstrate alternative approaches to the Eurocentric discourse on climate change, giving room to move beyond the patriarchal, colonial and capitalist narratives towards global climate justice.
12th May 5pm-7pm (BST)
Climate Games Creative forms of resistance part I.
Jay Jordan and Isa Frémeaux of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii) join us from Europe’s longest running land occupation, the ZAD (Zone à défendre) along with award-winning author T.J. Demos and founder of the Centre of Creative Ecologies, (University of California). As we approach COP26 in Glasgow 2021, this conversation will revisit the activist responses to COP21 and consider how the visual culture of environmental justice activism has changed in the years since the creation of the Paris Agreement.
During the signing of Paris Agreement at COP21 in Dec 2015, the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii) staged the Climate Games, the greatest disobedient action-adventure game in the world - mobilizing of over 100 artists and activist groups that carried out over 200 acts of disobedience and disruption throughout the streets of Paris and across Europe without central coordination.
Saturday 15th May 2pm (BST)
Interspecies Listening - live stream from Newton Park Campus
The transdisciplinary project, ‘Interspecies listening’ combines new techniques in bioacoustic monitoring with listening practices associated with acoustic ecology, sound art and ecomusicology. At Newton Park campus, hydrophones will be used to listen to and monitor underwater species, including the European protected species, the Great Crested Newt. For Climate Campus, the interdisciplinary research team -Dr Ian Thornhill (Reader in Ecology and Conservation) Amanda Bayley (Professor of Music) Research Fellow Kathy Hinde (audiovisual artist) will share a live, deep listening experience from underwater microphones. These listening experiences will be interspersed with an introduction to their collaborative research into bioacoustics, biodiversity monitoring, ecomusicology, and practices of listening for developing ecoliteracy.
Saturday 15th May 3pm-5pm (BST)
The Manifesto of Rural Futurism
Curator, writer, researcher and educator, Leandro Pisano considers the current state of rural communities and their visions for the future. Drawing on extensive research, organising cultural events and conversations in small towns across Southern Italy and beyond, Pisano, alongside Beatrice Ferrara has written a Manifesto of Rural Futurism. Artist Robert Luzar joins Leandro as together they investigate ways to use culture - and in particular sound art and technocultures - to better understand the complexity of rural areas and to challenge discourses of capitalism that tend to marginalise these rural territories.
Monday 17th May 10am-12pm (BST)
Degrowth - a good life for all.
Creative forms of resistance part II.
Vincent Liegey is an engineer, interdisciplinary researcher, author and spokesperson for the French degrowth movement. Degrowth is an idea that critiques the global capitalist system which pursues growth at all costs, causing human exploitation and environmental destruction. The degrowth movement of activists and researchers advocates for societies that prioritize social and ecological well-being instead of corporate profits, over-production and excess consumption. This requires radical redistribution, reduction in the material size of the global economy, and a shift in common values towards care, solidarity and autonomy. Degrowth means transforming societies to ensure environmental justice and a good life for all within planetary boundaries.
Monday 17th May 5pm-7pm (BST)
Everything’s coming together
while everything’s falling apart.
Creative forms of resistance part III.
Artist and filmmaker, Oliver Ressler produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, migration, the climate crisis, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Ressler will discuss his long term work documenting the activities and moments of mobilisation of the climate movement. This session will be accompanied by screenings of a selection of films from the series Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart. The title refers to a situation in which all the technology needed to end the age of fossil fuel already exists. Whether the present ecological, social and economic crisis will be overcome is primarily a question of political power. The story of this ongoing film project may turn out to be a story of the beginning of the climate revolution, the moment when popular resistance began to reconfigure the world. The project follows the climate movement in its struggles to dismantle an economic system heavily dependent on fossil fuels. It records key events for the climate movement, bringing together many situations, contexts, voices and experiences.
18th May 4pm-6pm (BST)
Environmental justice & climate balance.
As founder and curator of General Ecologies at London’s Serpentine Galleries Lucia Pietrouisti is uniquely placed to give insight into the space given to ecology within institutions. Here with Dr Youba Sokona, Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), their interdisciplinary conversation at the intersections of policy, governance, climate science and art and ecology will explore approaches to environmental justice and climate balance.
Wednesday 19th May 10am-12pm (BST)
Indigenous perspectives of the end of the world
Presenting research from her recent anthropology Indigenous Perspectives At The End of The World Anthropologist Dr Rosalyn Bold explains the general principles of these perspectives and unpicks the alternative relations with and status of creator and landscape spirits presented within these cultures. Respect for the unseen spirits articulates sustainable environmental relations governed by principles of asking before we take and taking respectfully. Together in conversation with Multiple-award winning documentary filmmaker Sara Penrhyn Jones they will discuss philosophical alternatives to challenge the varying degrees of the impact of extractivism, consequences of climate change, and resulting breakdown of social relations.
Thursday 20th May 2pm-4pm (BST)
As the curatorial work table for the proposed biennial on the permanent theme of water, in the city of Chandigarh, India, curators Hicham Khalidi (Director of the Jan van Eyck Academie, NL), Shaunak Mahbubani (curator), Zasha Colah (curator) Sharmila Samant (artist) and Ben Parry (artist, curator) will discuss alternative , decolonial and sustainable models of biennale in a post-pandemic world. They will discuss the concept of submerged knowledges and Metaphoric 3rd Pole as a site for artistic engagement with the climate crisis.
Monday 24th 4pm-6pm (BS
Monday 24th May 4pm-6pm (BST)
Curator Marianna Tsionki presents Meteorological Mobilities, an exhibition examining climate induced mass migration. Due to open at Apex Art NYC in May 2020, it was instead exhibited virtually. Insights into the role of the curatorial in facilitating new methods of engagement and introducing Art Theory into the public realm are dissected within the conversations around this impactful, exciting exhibition. In conversation, Marianna will reflect on the films of Ursula Biemann. Two of Biemann’s inspirational films, Deep Weather (2012) and Acoustic Ocean (2018) will be screened to attendees prior to this session.
Tuesday 25th May 5pm-7pm (BST)
“Dispatch” – a new composition performed
The original score Dispatch by composer and sonic artist Raven Chacon will be presented by himself and Candice Hopkins (Senior curator, Toronto Biennale). Aspects of the score will be performed by fine artist/violinist Laura Ortman and experimental archivist and percussionist Marshall Trammell. This exclusive presentation draws from Dispatch, Chacon and Hopkins’ reflections on the fight for cultural preservation and defence of Indigenous sovereignty at the Standing Rock Reservation Water Protector encampment in 2016.
Open Forum Series - a number of post campus events will provide space to reflect on the issues of art and ecologuy explored during this event and elsewhere. This ongoing programme in the lead-up to COP26 will be driven by participation / conversations / reflections / listening / building connections / sharing ideas and more...
Friday 4th June - 6pm - 8pm
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Connecting with out-side places we cannot access directly, a page with a player and IRC chat box proposes a simple conversation among listeners with live streams on the Locus Sonus open microphone network.
A collaboration between Ella Finer and Soundcamp extends a series of events by the Acoustic Commons network, interested in ways that real-time materials can work as tools for study and advocacy, relying on ways the live can resist the conversion of sounds and places into, on the one hand, environmental spectacles or, on the other hand, recorded specimens.
The Acoustic Commons network is developing affordable devices for artists / researchers / activists to exchange environmental sounds in real-time, from a variety of sites - urban, rural and in between. This ‘live archive’ gives ways to listen ‘flatly’ to all kind of objects and organisms, and to be in touch across sites of ecoacoustic and cultural interest. Anybody can join the network, letting sounds of a place be heard among others. The work of the transmission community can be imagined as a kind of acoustic commoning, with its own esoteric lexicon of eventless listening, dislocated timeframes, strange familiarity with dropouts and specific places you have ‘never been.’
The transmission ecologies of the AC provide the basis for research, composition, ecological and activist projects. We invite participation in as if radio, in development for COP26, Glasgow in November 2021.
For details, to listen and join the chat on the 4th of June: acousticommons.net/listen