In addition to those talented artists who came with us to Paris as creatives in residence in the Creative Factory for live thinking and collaboration with experts about climate comms and system change, here is a list of artists whose pre-submissions we selected before hand and curated as part of our informative inspiration in the Factory. Click the links below to watch the videos.
We are hugely grateful to these thoughtful artists, whose work sparked interesting discussions and helped set the tone, particularly in the opening days of the Factory before live creation began. Other artists who pre-submitted visual art that we hung in the Creative Factory will be featured very soon.
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.rawart2.com/
Studio Portrait and Grandmother Pine Skin Dress
Richard is a powerful and thoughtful environmental artist. His stunning ‘Grandmother Pine Skin Dress sparked interesting discussion in the Creative Factory about the role of art, aesthetic trends and fashion in repairing the connection with nature in the mainstream, and in our recognition that in order to tackle hyper consumption, or indifference to the climate crisis or the systemic crises around us, we must engage with identity and change the status of key behaviours and values. Part of his series of ‘skins’ of natural and manmade objects, Richard states “… when the light shines through them [we see an] image of the earth’s warming and the effects of climate change” capturing the fragility of the balance of the Earth’s systems at present.
50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate Crisis
We were also lucky enough to have Belinda with us in the Factory as a participant, and to present her work. This excellent illustrated book will surprise you, and participants all recognized the value of ‘seeing’ achievable solutions, beyond the fatigued images of renewable energy, which represent only one part of the great transition.
Dramatic and symbolic portraits of resistance to fracking, from Brighton based artist Denise Felkin. Displays a diversity of female messengers and their reasons for opposing fracking.
Another great portrait project, this one exploring how lifestyles and attitudes influence CO2 footprint of UK citizens. Diversity of every day messengers and surprising results delivered without judgment.
"the climate crisis is also license for radical dreaming and creative renewal"
Here is an excerpt of the french Press Conference, held a month before the opening of Creative Factory, where you can hear Forever Swarm co-founders David and Chris speaking briefly about their plans and vision.
We were fortunate to have accomplished artist Shiraz Bayjoo with us as artist in residence for 2 days at the Creative Factory. As a mentor, and inspiring speaker, he led one team in the creation of a video projection project, exploring sense memory and our modern relationships with the natural world.
Visit his website here: http://www.shirazbayjoo.com/workforce.html
"What an incredible hub of hope, cooperation and creativity the Factory has been! It gave us a place to come and re imagine, at a time when new stories, humour and dissonance are needed more than ever. I am sorry for the people at the blue zone that haven’t been able to experience anything like this! "
Marta Ceroni (Executive Director, Donella Meadows Institute
“What an incredible hub of hope, cooperation and creativity the Factory has been! It gave us a place to come and re imagine, at a time when new stories, humour and dissonance are needed more than ever. I am sorry for the people at the blue zone that haven’t been able to experience anything like this! ” – Marta Ceroni (Executive Director, Donella Meadows Institute)
“The Creative factory has made the experience of coming to Paris for COP21 meaningful and engaging when it might not have been. Interactive, creative, imaginative, disruptive, courageous, dangerous – all the ingredients that are needed to create, or at least nurture, ‘emergence’. And emergence is I think where this leads and what is needed – sudden and surprising things, thoughts, actions emerge. It is an alchemy of all the gifts and treasures that come from the hearts, minds, souls, laughter, tears, blood and deaths of lovers of life and of nature from way back when until now and forever. Sensational work that will influence my work and I can’t wait to see how!”
“I’ve spent most of my time these two weeks working on the creative factory. In teams, we brainstorm ideas for projects to increase public awareness of Climate Change. We design a way to deliver our ideas, much the same way as a team might deliver a proposal for a PR campaign to a funder. I have, in various groups, created three projects, all of which I think could come to fruition and are innovative as anything that is currently in circulation among global NGO’S In other words, the leaders of change are here in this room as far as I am concerned. I will replicate this process in my home state, blending art, technology, communication and education, while others talk listen and zone out, here we create!” Soren Worth
Here is a list of some of the outstanding experts we were lucky enough to have with us in the Creative Factory, either as participating in team brainstorming and creation, or as guest speakers:
GEORGE MARSHALL (THE GUARDIAN, CLIMATE COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT)
JAMIE CLARKE (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CLIMATE OUTREACH
STEVE BYGRAVE (BEYOND ZERO EMISSIONS, RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES EXPERT)
MARTA CERONI (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DONELLA MEADOWS INSTITUTE)
KJELL KHUNE (LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND)
VINCENT LIEGEY (DEGROWTH ECONOMICS EXPERT)
FLORENCE SCIALOM (WELL-BEING EXPERT)
…AND MANY OTHERS TO BE ADDED HERE SOON…
Julie from Montreal, Canada, was with us for the two days we devoted to Empathy in the Creative Factory. Read about her experience, what she learned, and what daily life was like in the Creative Factory in her reflections here:
We were extremely fortunate to have special guest George Marshall with us for one morning in the Creative Factory. George is a well known guardian writer, expert in climate change communications, founder of Climate Outreach Information Network, and author of ‘Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Hardwired to Resist Climate Change.
Here you can view some excerpts of his fascinating presentation about the psychological reasons people ignore information about climate change, and about his research into how to communicate climate change to people of different religions.
Many thanks to Nicolaos from http://laguilde-films.com/ for the editing.
As you can see from this short video, our participants had a lot of fun, but also absorbed and worked with a lot of strategic thinking about mainstreaming the social consensus for radical action on climate change, and the deep change to our economies, daily lives, and values this entails.
Many thanks to Nicolaos from http://laguilde-films.com/ for a fine job of editing.