Think like a forest
Integrating art, science and activism in a time of climate crisis
What happens when you put a bunch of scientists, artist and activists together on an island to face the climate crisis together? We don't know, which is exactly why we are inviting you to join this transdisciplinary experiment in May 2018.
All the scientific predictions around the climate crisis are shooting off the charts, whether it is rising sea temperatures, species extinction or deforestation... Everything is speeding up and yet our attempts as a society to deal with the problems are not at all at the scale of the crisis itself. We all know that business as usual is not an option and that we need revolutionary action in all our disciplines to avert the worst. This requires us to step out of our set roles, go beyond our fixed identities and to prepare to jump out of our comfort zones together.
This residential experiment on the island of Vallisaari will explore how the research techniques of artists, theatre makers, climate scientists and activists can learn from each other and create synergies. How can science integrate the subjectivity and sensitivity of art into its practices? How can art become a useful tool of social transformation rather than be purely symbolic? How can activism go beyond mobilising with facts and figures and embody the poetic?
The workshop is residential, the accommodation will be in tents, you will need a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, pillow etc. Taking part in building, maintaining and taking down of the camp is part of the workshop, participants can expect to be working mostly outdoors in Vallisaari. You do not need to own a tent. Food service might be a combination of catering and cooking.