The whole adventure started back in 2017 when Sara Dal Corso and I, developed the idea of a community theater project on climate change. After two years of applying for funding, we could finally start in the beginning of 2019. Over a 3,5-months period we engaged 15 project participants in weekly interactive art-&-science workshops. Inspirations were endangered species, climate fiction, historic events, utopian visions and many others. From these inspirations small performances started to crystallize and the play was created. The public performance took place at Festival de Telheiras, Lisbon, 26 May 2019. We had three sold out shows! To us it was moving, special and inspirational. It showed the power of community and the importance of meaning-making to create climate action.
This art-and-science project explores embodied and performative practices and their potential for climate change transformations. It argues for an integrative approach to sustainability transformations, one that reconnects body and mind, that fuses art and science and that integrates diverse forms of knowledge in an open, collaborative and creative way. It furthers research suggesting that the arts can play a critical role in engaging people with new perspectives on climate change and sustainability issues by offering opportunities for critical reflection and providing spaces for creative imagination and experimentation. Such processes may be important for contributing to the changes needed to realize transformations to sustainability.
Research is emphasizing more and more the importance of connecting disparate ways of knowing, including scientific, artistic, embodied and local knowledges to better understand environmental change and to foster community resilience and engagement. This paper argues for an integrative approach to sustainability transformations,… More
It took a while but here it is: a short video of the Climate Odyssey public performance. Over a 3,5-months period we engaged 15 project participants in weekly interactive art-&-science workshops. Inspirations were endangered species, climate fiction, historic events, utopian visions and many others. From… More
The Climate Odyssey (Odisseia pelo Clima) aims to engage communities in an art-science-practice project on climate action. It seeks to contribute to new approaches to climate change using the potential of artful and participatory elements to increase awareness and agency for the… More
Created together with the inhabitants of the Telheiras neighborhood over the course of 3 months, Climate Odyssey is a performative journey on climate change. It was supported by an interactive process of art-&-science sessions, presenting new action research approaches to climate change.… More
The Climate Odyssey (Odisseia pelo Clima) explores embodied and performative practices and their potential for climate change transformations. It puts forward and enlivens an example, where such forms of engaging communities can provide new insight into how equitable, just and sustainable transformations can… More