Recent Guest Lecturing and Creative Educational Events -- Communicating System Change
- Facilitation and teaching at University of Brighton School of Media for the (non-course accredited) programme System Change Hive, we ran from February to October in 2019. Delivered by Oxana Lopatina and David Holyoake and external experts.
- Guest lecture for Schumacher College/Dartington Earth Talks series, about transition narrative post COVID-19, towards alternative systems and sustainable futures, online live event with Swarms’ David Holyoake. A Youtube recording is below:
- We were on the guest faculty for Schumacher College’s post graduate course -- Changing the Frame -- the art and science of communicating transition, in 2020. Led by David Holyoake with assistance from our Brighton artist rep, Alex Stuart-Hutcheson. In addition to transmitting learnings about communicating system change and sustainable futures, on the final day we stepped students through a story boarding process in teams -- applying communications principles and foregrounding aspects of alternative economics and decarbonisation to create a plausible story of transformation to new, environmentally sustainable system with care at their heart.
We sometimes involve artists and creatives in these events, to assist with story boarding, or simply to help lubricate our process of radical dreaming -- informed re-imagining of the possibilities of daily life in new, zero carbon systems based on well-being for all. Below are a few of the artists in our circles engaging with this in their own creative practice.
This is infinitely rich creative territory for creative artists, and mounts a significant challenge to the ongoing fashion for irony and art for arts sake. These ideas raise fascinating challenges for creatives – what value changes and mind shifts need to occur? What will a day in a life be like? What new aesthetics emerge in response to the realization the old progress myths are broken? How can art and/or agit-prop art persuade and provoke positive change?
Below are the outlines of 3 novels or graphic novels Swarm artists are already undertaking on their own. Each of these are good examples of ‘radical dreaming’ or speculative fiction elaborating life within carbon constrained world, and we eagerly await their completion.
« LA REVOLUTION DE CENDRES» (“Ashes Revolution”), by EVE GABRIELE DEMANGE
Suburb of Paris, 2050 : Sienne, 16 years old, and his brother Vincent, 14 years old, live together with their mother, Jeanne, a poor but passionate scientist specialized in tree studying. To survive, the family has to collect plastic in abandoned houses, left by rich people who now all live in Cities centers after the Great Collapse : not enough gas and not enough renewable energies to run the world economy. Storms, drought and floods are happening all the time and the scientific community has just discovered that most part of the trees are sick. Just before dying, Sienne’s mother gives her daughter a mission that could save both the trees and the human people. The young girl has to find a grand-mother she never met and a mysterious community she’s never heard of, hidden somewhere in the south of France.
Sister and brother leave an old but loved house with their mother’s ashes gathered in a jam pot. They start a dangerous trip accross France. Step by step, they discover a new emerging society underneath the ashes of the old world, a powerful network of people who fight for their ideas, a new way to live in symbiosis with Earth. Most of all, they experience an incredible connexion to the living that fill their souls with joy, strength and hope.
This novel project won the “Centre National du Livre” Novel scholarship
“MOKATORI” graphic novel project by CAMILLE BISSUEL
Alternative futures in a warming world…
“Mokatori” is an amazonian Indian word for “climate change.” Episode 0 has just been published and can be downloaded from Amazon or read online for free here: http://nylnook.com/en/comics/mokatori-ep0-the-end/
“And if the inhabitants of tomorrow sent us letters? From 2054 to 2077, from Iceland to Afghanistan, from cataclysms to utopias, five stories draw our possible futures during the “Mokatori”, the word for climate change among Amazonian Indians. The graphic novel will be published as 5 episodes as follows:
Episode. 1 -- “Business as usual” -- Reykjavik, Iceland, March 20, 2054
Episode. 2 -- “Time Machine” -- Taipei, 臺北市臺北市Taiwan, November 13, 2084
SOLAR PUNK NOVEL, by CAROLINE RENTEL
Follow us on Social Media: