Art and creativity critiques and envisions, it builds new, re-invents and inspires – all essential components of transitioning to new ways of doing things. Furthermore, storytelling creates connection between people and groups which is core to effective action.
Artist Keg de Souza illustrated how her temporary spaces (like the School of Displacement made from used tents) create a platform for otherwise marginalised voices and knowledge sharing for resilience with programmed events such as In a strange land: How does culture survive when you can’t go home and Indigenous survival techniques for the apocalypse. Jen Kulas – trained in architecture and business lead at Nightingale Housing – discussed how reductionist design (like sharing ammenities like gardens and laundries) creates low-impact living that brings people closer together. Innovator of Lettuce Eat plates, Maddison Ryder, showed how aesthetics, or making something beautiful, can change behaviour.
Live-scribe Devon Bunce captured key themes in her incredible visual map of the conversation.
To continue the conversation about creativity and the climate, check out these great initiatives:
- ClimARTe: An arts event in Melbourne which artists bring meaning to, raise awareness of and express grief about the climate crisis
- ArtsHouse Refuge: A collaborative, workshops-based event in Melbourne with the intention to build skills for resilience
- U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: A tongue-in-cheek grassroots movement in the United States connecting artists acting on climate change