SKETCHBOOK

Recently updated: I’ve decided to use this section to pull out different research threads I’m investigating and track how those threads evolve. Each of the posts below will be updated as research evolves - be it a material experiment, news item, event.

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WHAT HAS ART GOT TO DO WITH SAVING THE PLANET?

This research thread looks at the research that is currently happening to support (or challenge) the role of art in communicating planetary threats - and inciting change.


AUG 2019

NEWS STORY : How the Environmental Humanities Can Heal Our Relationship to the Planet, Hyperallergic, 13.03.18

I’m coming across so many examples of climate grief and climate anxiety recently - cases of it and potential therapies.

Would love to get to Finalnd for this workshop if I could!

It’s common for people to have very strong feelings about climate change. The reality is frightening. People feel anxious, distressed, helpless, pessimistic, guilty, angry and stressed, amongst other feelings. When anxiety strikes, it not only consumes the mind, it also takes a hold of the body. How people respond to these feelings and body sensations is very important. People can react in many unhelpful ways – e.g., by trying to minimise the threat, distract themselves and blame others, or by becoming helpless and resigned to the disaster. A more useful response is to anticipate, identify and manage these feelings so that we can properly accept the reality of climate change and not avoid it. Psychologists call this a skill of emotional self-regulation and it’s an important part of climate adaptation and coping.

Read more at:

https://www.forthesakeofbeings.com/events/environment

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APRIL 2019

NEWS STORY : Environmental anxiety: Creative and Embodied Workshop, For The Sake of Beings, 13.03.18

“Connecting the humanities — especially the arts — with current scientific research relating to ecology and non-human life is direly needed. This is not the answer, but it is an important step…As climate change becomes an increasingly deadly force, these new fields of study coupling scientific rigour and creative practice are necessary for thinking through how to live well on a damaged planet. The environmental humanities can make the facts of environmental disaster and human displacement come alive, to enter public discourse in new ways so that these issues are more deeply felt and understood.

T.J. Demos, director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California Santa Cruz, which is significant for its emphasis on art, culture, and the environment as expansive and entwined subjects, writes that the Environmental Humanities represents an urgently needed interdisciplinary movement of speculative, impactful research — one challenging the myopic knowledge siloing that depoliticizes the sciences and denudes the arts of ecological wisdom.

A great 101 introduction at:

https://hyperallergic.com/414831/environmental-humanities/

Becky Lyon