The ART of CHANGE exhibition 8-19 May

30 days for the climate

An exhibition about an experiment of collective change

What if we really changed? What does changing a habit imply for me and for those around me? 

24 students of the Antonio Arroio Art High School decided to change and to adopt one more sustainable habit for 30 days. Some became vegetarians, others saved water and electricity and others changed their consumer patterns. Between 12 January and 10 February 2018, the students of 11th grade (class L) of the Communication Design course explored what it means to change, analyzed the obstacles, reflected on the carbon footprint, and about social norms, structures as well as on individual and collective values. After completing the 30 days, each of the students developed an ART project about their experience with change: a poster and a booklet.

This exhibition shows the outcomes of a collective experience that resulted from a collaboration between the project Art For Adaptation (CE3C, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon), the Antonio Arroio Art High School in Lisbon and cChange (Norway). The idea of this collaboration was to visualize the connection between a global problem and our everyday behaviors. The experiential setup of the project aimed to facilitate a process of reflection on behavior change including its challenges, learnings and to inspire and empower others.

Location: Lagar da Quinta de S. Vicente, Telheiras, Lisbon, Portugal.

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How to empower young people in climate change solutions?

ART FOR CHANGE Update

How can we pass on climate change knowledge to young people in a way that they become responsible and empowered agents of change? According to the Brazilian writer, thinker and educationalist, Paulo Freire (1974) “responsibility cannot be acquired intellectually, but only through experience” (pp. 13). He advocates for an education that enables people to reflect on themselves, their responsibility and their role in society. Such education intends to develop a critical awareness (conscientização) and conscious action to transform the world.

The project ART FOR ADAPTATION aims to challenge habits and empower youth for new climate narratives and solutions through transformative learning and art.

Recently, 25 students of the António Arroio Art High School in Lisbon were engaged in an experiment with change: to choose a sustainable behavior (such as to eat less meat/be vegetarian, use pubic transportation, don´t use plastic water bottles, buy only national products) and adopt it for 30 days.

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Day 1

The 30 day experiment with change took place from the 12 January until 16 February 2018. During this period, the students reflected in regular posts on habits, social norms, structures, systems and values. They engaged in group dialogues sharing their difficulties and lessons learned and their relationships to the many facets of change. They learned that their experiment was more than just about behavioral change, or making a small reduction in the global carbon budget. Instead it was about understanding how change happens, and recognizing why people are the most powerful solution to climate change.

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Day 29 – Carnaval

Being art students, they started developing art works that reflect their personal and collective experience with change. Each student is creating a poster and a brochure that will be combined in an exhibition to the shared with national and international audiences.

 

 

Works in progress