e87 kendra fanconi – on the artist brigade, ben okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief & reauthoring the world

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e87 kendra fanconi – on the artist brigade, ben okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief & reauthoring the world
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‘We are all artists of the Anthropocene. We inherently are because this is the world that we’re living in right now. There’s no other world. We were down earlier at Robert’s Creek (BC) and it’s a salmon bearing stream. I think of it like we’re artists in the Anthropocene, like fish would be in the ocean: the water is all around us and the Anthropocene is all around us. I think it may be what Ben Okri is tasking us with is: can you describe the water? It’s all we know, but we need to be able to look from this moment now into the future and maybe that’s the job of artists. We’re the visionaries, we can see the future and we can envision it in different ways. I think he speaks to that too at the end of the article about saying part of why we need to talk about the times we’re in now is in relationship to a future, whatever that future looks like. And I do spend a lot of time trying to negotiate my belief in the future.’

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My 2nd #conscientpodcast conversation with theatre artist and art + climate activist Kendra Fanconi in Robert’s Creek, BC about the ‘Artists Brigade’, Ben Okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief, eco-anxiety & reauthoring the world, with excerpts from e43 haley, e30 maggs & é37 lebeau.

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e83 the greatest mass movement in history

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e83 the greatest mass movement in history
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‘This episode lasts 59 seconds. I want to share a November 13th, 2021, tweet by British writer and climate activist George Monbiot: ‘Now we have no choice but to raise the scale of civil disobedience until we have built the greatest mass movement in history. We do not consent to the destruction of our life support systems’.’

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e83 is my reading of a November 13th, 2021, tweet by British writer and climate activist George Monbiot about ‘raising the scale of civil disobedience until we have built the greatest mass movement in history’. I agree and thank George.

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e82 washable paint

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e82 is an unedited, 20-minute soundscape recording, without narration, of a climate emergency rally and march on Friday, November 12, 2021, in Vancouver and an incident with police. The recording includes songs, speeches and chants about climate action and social justice.

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e78 milena droumeva – art needs to get on the street

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‘I think art needs to get on the street, because raising awareness in a gallery is really speaking to the choir. I’ll leave raising awareness, because we both agree that the time for that has passed, but I think art needs to revert back to artisan and crafts, in the sense that imagination can lead to crafting things that we will actually need for survival. I think that – and again, this is my radical rant – I think that one of the reasons why we’re seeing these unprecedented amounts of anxiety and even this new term ‘climate anxiety’ that we have, which is almost probably about to be defined as a kind of mental health condition, is because we are so profoundly disconnected from our own means of existence.’

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e78 is my #conscientpodcast conversation with acoustic ecology colleague Dr. Milena Droumeva on November 3, 2021 in Vancouver about multiple points of ‘listening’, thoughts about radicality, that imagination can lead to crafting things that we will actually need for survival and how to address profound disconnections. 

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e44 bilodeau – the arts are good at changing culture

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I think of the arts as planting a seed and saying ‘here’s a problem: let’s think about it together and explore avenues.’

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e36 fanconi – towards carbon positive work

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We want to do carbon positive work and for our artwork to be involved with ecological restoration.

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e26 klein – rallying through art

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The work of artists during World War II was not dystopian (though horrific), the tone was rallying us.

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e23 appadurai – what does a just transition look like?

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The ecological crisis is a symptom of our rift from nature and our urge to dominate others which artists can touch.

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