Conscient Podcast: e46

I think going forward, there’s a lot that the arts can do. Philosophically art is one of the only places that we can still ask these questions, play out politics and negotiate ideas. Further, art isn’t about communicating climate disaster, art is about creating space for people to think through some of these issues.

dr. marnie badham, conscient podcast, may 13, 2021, australia

I first met Marnie when she was General Manager of Common Weal Community Arts in Regina. She was passionate articulate about community-engaged arts then and still is today. I have often turned to Marnie for advice on arts policy issues and was honoured when she accepted my invitation for a conscient conversation. 

As I have done in all episodes in season 2 so far, I have integrated excerpts from soundscape compositions and quotations drawn from e19 reality, as well as moments of silence, in this episode.

I would like to thank Marnie for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her deep knowledge of community arts, her innumerable research projects and her insights about art as a collective space to think through complex issue. 

For more information on Marnie work, see https://www.marrniebadham.com

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Je pense qu’à l’avenir, les arts peuvent faire beaucoup de choses. D’un point de vue philosophique, l’art est l’un des seuls endroits où nous pouvons encore poser ces questions, élaborer des enjeux politiques et négocier des idées. De plus, l’art n’a pas pour but de communiquer une catastrophe climatique, l’art a pour but de créer un espace pour que les gens puissent réfléchir à certaines de ces questions.

dr. marnie badham, balado conscient, 13 mai 2021, australie

Forte d’une expérience de vingt-cinq ans dans le domaine de l’art et de la justice sociale en Australie et au Canada, la recherche du Dr. Marnie Badham se situe à l’intersection de la pratique artistique socialement engagée, des méthodologies participatives et de la politique de mesure culturelle. Grâce à des formes esthétiques de rencontre et d’échange, son travail rassemble des groupes de personnes disparates dans un dialogue visant à examiner et à influencer les problèmes locaux. Elle s’intéresse actuellement à une série de cartographies créatives qui enregistrent les émotions dans l’espace public, à des projets de conservation élargis sur l’esthétique et la politique de la nourriture et à un projet de livre intitulé The Social Life of Artist Residencies : connecting with people and place not your own. Marnie est chargée de recherche à l’école d’art School of Art et co-directrice du groupe de recherche CAST (contemporary art and social transformation) research group (groupe de recherche en art contemporain et transformation sociale) et du CVIN Cultural Value Impact Network à l’université RMIT de Naarm (Melbourne) en Australie.

J’ai rencontré Marnie pour la première fois lorsqu’elle était directrice générale de Common Weal Community Artsà Regina. À l’époque, elle s’exprimait avec passion sur les arts engagés dans la communauté et le fait encore aujourd’hui. J’ai souvent demandé conseil à Marnie sur des questions de politique artistique et j’ai été honoré qu’elle accepte mon invitation à une conversation sur conscient

Comme je l’ai fait dans tous les épisodes de la saison 2 jusqu’à présent, j’ai intégré dans cet épisode des extraits de compositions de paysages sonores et des citations tirées de la e19 reality, ainsi que des moments de silence.

Je tiens à remercier Marnie d’avoir pris le temps de me parler, de partager sa profonde connaissance des arts communautaires, ses innombrables projets de recherche et ses idées sur l’art en tant qu’espace collectif permettant de réfléchir à des questions complexes. 

Pour en savoir plus sur le travail de Marnie, consultez le site https://www.marrniebadham.com.  

For more information on Marnie work, see https://www.marrniebadham.com

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About the Concient Podcast from Claude Schryer

The conscient podcast / balado conscient is a series of conversations about art, conscience and the ecological crisis. This podcast is bilingual (in either English or French). The language of the guest determines the language of the podcast. Episode notes are translated but not individual interviews.

I started the conscient project in 2020 as a personal learning journey and knowledge sharing exercise. It has been rewarding, and sometimes surprising.

The term ‘conscient’ is defined as ‘being aware of one’s surroundings, thoughts and motivations’. My touchstone for the podcast is episode 1, e01 terrified, based on an essay I wrote in May 2019, where I share my anxiety about the climate crisis and my belief that arts and culture can play a critical role in raising public awareness about environmental issues. The conscient podcast / balado conscient follows up on my http://simplesoundscapes.ca (2016–2019) project: 175, 3-minute audio and video field recordings that explore mindful listening.

Season 1 (May to October 2020) explored how the arts contribute to environmental awareness and action. I produced 3 episodes in French and 15 in English. The episodes cover a wide range of content, including activism, impact measurement, gaming, arts funding, cross-sectoral collaborations, social justice, artistic practices, etc. Episodes 8 to 17 were recorded while I was at the Creative Climate Leadership USA course in Arizona in March 2020 (led by Julie’s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.

Season 2 (March 2021 – ) explores the concept of reality and is about accepting reality, working through ecological grief and charting a path forward. The first episode of season 2 (e19 reality) mixes quotations from 28 authors with field recordings from simplesoundscapes and from my 1998 soundscape composition, Au dernier vivant les biens. One of my findings from this episode is that ‘I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way’. e19 reality touches upon 7 topics: our perception of reality, the possibility of human extinction, ecological anxiety and ecological grief, hope, arts, storytelling and the wisdom of indigenous cultures. The rest of season 2 features interviews with thought leaders about their responses and reactions to e19 reality.

my professional services

I’ve been retired from the Canada Council for the Arts since September 15, 2020 where I served as a senior strategic advisor in arts granting (2016-2020) and manager of the Inter-Arts Office (1999-2015). My focus in (quasi) retirement is environmental issues within my area of expertise in arts and culture, in particular in acoustic ecology. I’m open to become involved in projects that align with my values and that move forward environmental concerns. Feel free to email me for a conversation : claude@conscient.ca

acknowledgement of eco-responsibility

I acknowledge that the production of the conscient podcast / balado conscient produces carbon. I try to minimize this carbon footprint by being as efficient as possible, including using GreenGeeks as my web server and acquiring carbon offsets for my equipment and travel activities from BullFrog Power and Less.

a word about privilege and bias

While recording episode 19 ‘reality’, I heard elements of ‘privilege’ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’. I realize that, in spite of good intentions, I need to work my way through issues of privilege (of all kinds) and unconscious bias the way I did through ecological anxiety and grief during the fall of 2020. My re-education is ongoing.

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