“Odisseia Pelo Clima” – having fun and creating a play!

In weekly interactive workshops we have been reflecting and sharing knowledge and perspectives on climate change. We have also been creatively playing with and dancing (!) about many different ideas related to it. This process has been inspiring and loads of fun!

In a co-creational approach that both involves artistic and scientific methods we have collected many ideas that are contributing to the generation of our community theatre play “Odisseia Pelo Clima” (Odyssey for the Climate). Inspirations have been endangered species, climate fiction, historic events, utopian visions and many others. Some small performances are already crystallising.

If that sparked your interest, block the 26th of May 2019 in your calendar, because that’s when we will have the public performance within the local Festival Telheiras in Lisbon. More updates soon!

 

ART FOR ADAPTATION @ ECCA2019

We are excited to curate the art program at this year’s European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA) to be hosted in Lisbon from 28–31 May 2019. A program of thought-provoking art, including visual art and music is being developed exploring alternative ways of communicating and engaging people in the complexities of climate change.

Some highlights of the Art Program:

The conference will open with a live music and video performance by Tone Bjordam and Marten Scheffer. They will perform a new work specially composed for the conference, built upon a recent article co-authored by Scheffer entitled Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene. This art and science collaboration aims to provide the audience with a multi-sensory experience showcasing a transdisciplinary approach to the climate challenge.

An exhibition of Tone Bjordam’s paintings, inspired by different biotopes, will be hosted at the conference. The drive behind the Norwegian artist’s practice is to create a space for reflection around processes in nature, and to achieve an in-depth understanding and a sense of feeling connected with nature around us. Bjordam has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and her work has been on display in numerous countries around the world. Bjordam is particularly interested in finding ways to communicate science through art, especially the wonder that drives science.

Marten Scheffer is interested in unraveling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. Although much of his work has focused on ecosystems, he also worked with a range of scientists from other disciplines to address issues of stability and shifts in natural and social systems. With the help of a Spinoza award and an ERC advanced grant he founded SparcS and now works on finding generic early warning signals for critical transitions. He also co-founded the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS) and is currently a distinguished professor in ecology and mathematical biology at Wageningen University.

ECCA will also host an exhibition of work from young artists. Entitled Art For Change, it is the result of a collaboration between Artistic Secondary School Antonio Arroio, Lisbon and project Art for Adaptation. 80 eleventh and twelvth-grade students engaged with climate change through transformative learning approaches, by approaching change as an experiment, and through climate fiction. Their artworks reflect their newly gained insights and critical thinking about the subject. The exhibition integrates posters produced with silk print and stencil techniques, and objects which aim to question, highlight and reflect different aspects of climate change. Art For Change aims to empower young people to explore new climate narratives and solutions, help to visualise the connection between global climate change and our daily actions, and reflect on the implications of individual and collective change towards more sustainable forms of living.

Parallel to the scientific program, conference participants are invited to the Art Room, where short films and videos on climate change will be shown.

Finally, the conference will close with a musical performance by the children’s choir of Santo Amaro de Oeiras, Lisbon. This choir participated in 2012 in the Global Rockstar competition, promoted by the United Nations, winning the first place with the song “My blue planet” and representing Portugal at the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The choir has taken part in recordings and performances with several international artists, including Mara Abrantes, Suzy Paula, Michael Jackson, Secret Lie, and Lemm Project.

Open call for participants in community theatre (in Portuguese)

O bairro de Telheiras vai acolher ao longo dos próximos meses o projecto artístico “Odisseia pelo Clima” e convida os Lisboetas a participar!

A “Odisseia pelo Clima” é um projecto de teatro de comunidade que pretende criar novas abordagens à temática das alterações climáticas através de elementos artísticos e participativos e, assim, aumentar a consciência e o empenho para as alterações climáticas.

Num processo interactivo de sessões de arte-&-ciência semanais, facilitadas por uma equipa profissional, os participantes cocriarão um conjunto de performances sobre alterações climáticas que serão encenadas ao longo de um percurso na zona de Telheiras. Este projecto de teatro de comunidade decorrerá entre meados de Fevereiro e final de Maio de 2019 e terá no final um espectáculo que será apresentado no âmbito do Festival Telheiras.

A “Odisseia pelo Clima” contará com a participação voluntária de membros da comunidade local com disponibilidade de tempo para as sessões interactivas e ensaios. É um projecto para pessoas de todas as idades e não é necessário ter qualquer experiência prévia; o importante é a vontade de participar!

Os ensaios terão lugar às terças-feiras entre as 15:30 e as 17:00, no Lagar da Quinta de S. Vicente. O arranque do projecto será no dia 19 de Fevereiro, numa sessão aberta a todos os interessados. A inscrição implica o pagamento de um valor de 15€ (pagamento único). Se quiser participar, pode inscrever-se através do email jhbentz@fc.ul.pt. Para mais informações, poderá contactar o mesmo email ou utilizar o 91 001 73 92.

A ideia da “Odisseia pelo Clima” foi inspirada no projecto “Art du gest dans la Méditerranée” que desenhou e implementou percursos na cidade de Marselha e na região de Provença, entre 2010 e 2013, no âmbito da Capital Europeia da Cultura de 2013, com direção artística de Virgilio Sieni e assistência artística de Sara Dal Corso.

O projecto é promovido pelo programa pós-doutoral Art For Adaptation em parceria com a Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar. A equipa é constituída por 4 elementos:

  • Julia Bentz (investigadora no grupo das Alterações Climáticas (CCIAM) da Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Sara dal Corso (artista independente e professora de dança, yoga e teatro)
  • Letícia do Carmo (arquitecta, ilustradora e investigadora)
  • Joern Schirok (aluno de mestrado em Geografia)

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