Creating the conditions for other possible worlds to emerge

The arts have the potential to capacity to ‘shift people’s hearts and minds and will be central to a transformation agenda’ but too many, including myself, are anchored in modernity’s comforts and woven into colonial systems to see the forest for the trees.

While I appreciate and respect any and all efforts to create art that raises environmental awareness and that proposes solutions to the ecological crisis, the artistic activities that interest me the most now are those that directly address the root causes of our destructive behaviour and that contribute to creating the elusive ‘conditions for other possible worlds‘.

Anything else seems like fiddling while Rome burns.

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conscient podcast blog, january 2022

‘I also came to realize during season 3 that I am deeply moved by the layering of words and soundscapes that create new contexts for listening. It’s like the spirits of the sounds are speaking to me. I can hear and feel their presence. I always have felt this but rarely talk about it because it sounds … strange and it’s hard to explain. Maybe you have had similar experiences?’

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My january 2022 #conscientpodcast blog is about some of the high and lows of season 3 of this podcast and my interest in love layering words and soundscapes that create new contexts for listening, with excerpts from episodes 65, 69, 81, 86, 96 and a sneak preview of e99 winter diary revisited. Also available as podcast e98: https://www.conscient.ca/podcast/e98-epilogue-perspectives-on-season-3/

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conscient podcast blog, october 2021

Today’s blog is about feedback. I was fortunate to get feedback about episodes 63 and 64 from a colleague who said:

‘This approach—the fictional classroom of the future discussion 2021 and your podcast—is brilliant. The writing is engaging, and it is an excellent way to revisit the fine content you were able to gather and then to provide some analysis. Thank you for this work you are doing. It is deep and vital for the climate movement. You are making a significant contribution and you are doing it so gracefully.’

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conscient podcast blog, october 2021 is about feedback received (and appreciated) from a colleague about #conscientpodcast episodes 63 and 64 but also an exchange about the isolation of producers of content about the climate emergency.

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