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Conscient Podcast: é34 ramade

Je pense à des artistes-compositeurs qui écrivent des pièces à partir de relevés de températures qui sont convertis en notes de musique.C’est comme ça aussi que peut se transmettre la question du réchauffement climatique, à partir d’une pièce jouée traduisant musicalement un climat stable qui se transforme et vient incarner en musique un dérèglement climatique. C’est extraordinaire.Se ressentpar la musique, un fait de composition, quelque chose très abstrait, avec beaucoup de chiffres, des courbes statistiques. On estquotidiennementabreuvé de chiffres et de courbes statistiquesà propos du climat.« Elles ne nous font plus rien, littéralement ». Mais sur le plan sensible,avec la transposition enmusique, si c’est joué, si c’est interprété ah tout d’un coup, ça nous emmène ailleurs. Et quand je parle de ces travaux-là, parfois des gens plus scientifiques ou des directeurs de musée accrochent tout de suite, en disant « c’est extraordinaire avec la musique, on peut faire passer tellement de choses ».

bénédicte ramade, balado conscient, 27 avril, 2021

Bénédicte Ramade est historienne de l’art, critique indépendante, commissaire d’exposition, experte dans les questions environnementales. Elle est aussi chargée de cours à l’Université de Montréal. Elle a consacré son doctorat (soutenu à l’Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) à la réhabilitation critique de l’art écologique américain. Elle a commencé ses recherches postdoctorales sur l’anthropocénisation des savoirs à l’Université de Montréal en 2016. Parmi d’autres, elle a dirigé la rédaction de l’ouvrage The Edge of the Earth, Climate Change in Photography and Video, Toronto, Ryerson Image Centre, 2016.

J’ai rencontré Bénédicte lors du panel sur l’art durable organisé par le dramaturge Daniel Danis lors du festival Mois multi à Québec le 9 février 2020. Depuis, je suis ses écrits et j’admire son très grand savoir historique et contemporain sur l’art écologique.

Je remercie Bénédicte d’avoir pris le temps d’échanger avec moi et de partager son expertise, sa passion et sa vision pour les enjeux environnementaux et leurs liens avec l’univers artistique.

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur Bénédicte à https://www.linkedin.com/in/bénédicte-ramade-12884b89/ et https://umontreal.academia.edu/B%C3%A9n%C3%A9dicteRamade

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I am thinking of artist-composers who write pieces based on temperature readings that are converted into musical notes. This is also how the issue of global warming can be transmitted, from a piece played musically translating a stable climate that is transformed and that comes to embody in music a climatic disturbance. It is extraordinary. Is felt by the music, a fact of composition, something very abstract, with a lot of figures, statistical curves. We are daily fed with figures and statistical curves about the climate. ‘They literally do nothing to us anymore’. But on a more sensitive level, with the transposition into music, if it is played, if it is interpreted, ah, suddenly, it takes us elsewhere. And when I talk about these works, sometimes people who are more scientific or museum directors are immediately hooked, saying ‘it’s extraordinary with music, you can convey so many things’.

bénédicte ramade, balado conscient, April 27, 2021

Bénédicte Ramade is an art historian, independent critic, exhibition curator and expert in environmental issues. She is also a lecturer at the University of Montreal. She dedicated her doctorate (defended at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) to the critical rehabilitation of American ecological art. She began her postdoctoral research on the anthropocenization of knowledge at the University of Montreal in 2016. Amon others, she edited the book The Edge of the Earth, Climate Change in Photography and Video, Toronto, Ryerson Image Centre, 2016.

I met Bénédicte at the panel on sustainable art (art durable) organized by playwright Daniel Danis at the Mois multi festival in Quebec City on February 9, 2020. Since then, I have been following her writings and I admire her impressive historical and contemporary knowledge about ecological art.

I would like to thank Bénédicte for taking the time to exchange with me and to share her expertise, passion and vision for environmental issues and their myriad connections with the artistic universe.

You can find more information about Bénédicte’s work at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bénédicte-ramade-12884b89/ and https://umontreal.academia.edu/B%C3%A9n%C3%A9dicteRamade.

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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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Conscient Podcast: e33 toscano

It’s artists who not only can craft a good story, but also we can tell the story that’s the hardest to tell and that is the story about the impacts of climate solutions. So it’s really not too hard to talk about the impacts of climate change, and I see people when they speak. They go through the laundry list of all the horrors that are upon us and they don’t realize it, but they’re actually closing people’s minds, closing people down because they’re getting overwhelmed. It’s not that we shouldn’t talk about the impacts, but it’s so helpful to talk about a single impact, maybe how it affects people locally, but then talk about how the world will be different when we enact these changes. And how do you tell a story that gets to that? Because that gets people engaged and excited because you’re then telling this story about what we’re fighting for, not what we’re fighting against. And that is where the energy is in a story.

peterson toscano, conscient podcast, april 13, 2021, south africa

Peterson Toscano describes himself as a quirky queer quaker performance artist and scholar. I know him as an excellent communicator about art and climate change through his https://citizensclimatelobby.org/category/citizens-climate-radio/ podcasts (including the insightful ArtHousesegment – keep an ear out for an episode featuring me during summer of 2021), which I listen to regularly. His work humorously explores a wide range of serious topics including LGBTQ+ issues, sexism, racism, privilege, gender, and climate change. Peterson is also a recognized scholar who has highlighted gender variance in the Bible among others. Interesting, Peterson does not consider himself to be an environmentalist, rather he states that is concerned about climate change as a human rights issue. I think he’s a gifted communicator who has a lot to say. 

As I am doing with all episodes in season 2, I integrated excerpts from e19 reality into this episode as interludes.

I would like to thank Peterson for his deep commitment to intelligent and sensitive art and climate change advocacy, his wicked sense of humour and generosity of spirit.  

For more information on Peterson’s work, see https://petersontoscano.com/ and YouTube videos 

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Ce sont les artistes qui peuvent non seulement élaborer une bonne histoire, mais aussi raconter l’histoire la plus difficile à raconter, à savoir l’histoire des impacts des solutions climatiques. Il n’est donc pas très difficile de parler des impacts du changement climatique, et je vois des gens qui, lorsqu’ils prennent la parole, dressent la liste de toutes les horreurs qui nous attendent, sans s’en rendre compte, mais ils ferment en fait l’esprit des gens, ils les rejettent parce qu’ils sont dépassés. Et ce n’est pas que nous ne devrions pas parler des impacts, mais il est tellement utile de parler d’un seul impact, peut-être de la façon dont il affecte les gens localement, mais ensuite de parler de la façon dont le monde sera différent lorsque nous mettrons en œuvre ces changements. Et comment raconter une histoire qui va dans ce sens ? Parce que cela suscite l’engagement et l’enthousiasme des gens, car vous racontez alors cette histoire sur ce pour quoi nous nous battons, et non sur ce contre quoi nous nous battons. Et c’est là que se trouve l’énergie dans une histoire.

peterson toscano, balado conscient, 13 avril 2021, afrique du sud

Peterson Toscano se décrit comme un artiste de performance et un universitaire quaker excentrique. Je le connais comme un excellent communicateur sur l’art et le changement climatique grace à ses balados sur https://citizensclimatelobby.org/category/citizens-climate-radio/  (dont le segment ArtHouse, très perspicace – restez à l’affût d’un épisode dans lequel je serai présent durant l’été 2021), que j’écoute régulièrement. Son travail explore avec humour un large éventail de sujets sérieux, notamment les questions LGBTQ+, le sexisme, le racisme, les privilèges, le genre et le changement climatique. Peterson est également un érudit reconnu qui a mis en évidence la variance du genre dans la Bible, entre autres. Il est intéressant de noter que Peterson ne se considère pas comme un environnementaliste, mais qu’il se dit plutôt préoccupé par le changement climatique en tant que question de droits de l’homme. Je pense que c’est un communicateur doué qui a beaucoup à dire. 

Comme je le fais pour tous les épisodes de la saison 2, j’ai intégré des extraits de e19 reality dans cet épisode comme interludes.

Je tiens à remercier Peterson pour son engagement profond en faveur d’un art intelligent et sensible et de la défense du changement climatique, pour son sens de l’humour piquant et pour sa générosité d’esprit.  

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Peterson, voir https://petersontoscano.com/ et les vidéos YouTube

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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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Conscient Podcast: é32 tsou

L’engagement des citoyens est nécessaire pour le changement culturel autour des actions climatiques. C’est vraiment un changement culturel dans n’importe quel milieu. Quand on veut faire des grands changements systémiques, il faut changer la culture, et les arts et la culture sont des bons outils pour changer la culture.

shuni tsou, balado conscient, 24 avril, 2021, Ottawa

Shuni Tsou est une fonctionnaire passionnée, spécialisée dans le domaine de la culture, qui trouve la magie des arts dans la nature et les moments ordinaires de la vie. Élevée à Taïwan, Shuni a commencé son voyage à travers le monde en tant que musicienne itinérante à l’âge de 14 ans, s’est plongée dans l’étude des collaborations artistiques interculturelles au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis, et a consacré la dernière décennie à la promotion et à la démocratisation des arts au Canada et ailleurs.

J’ai rencontré Shuni lorsqu’elle travaillait au Conseil des arts du Canada en tant qu’agente des politiques et de la planification et agente de programme au Bureau de l’équité. Elle travaille maintenant comme conseillère en diplomatie culturelle à Affaires mondiales Canada. Shuni a un esprit vif et un cœur tendre. Je suis heureux qu’elle ait accepté mon invitation à partager ses réflexions sur notre intérêt commun pour les arts, l’environnement et la justice sociale.

Le samedi 24 avril 2021, dans le parc Richelieu Vanier à Ottawa, Shuni et moi avons échangé sur l’engagement des citoyens, l’action culturelle, la crise écologique, l’éducation artistique, la justice sociale, les changements systémiques, l’équité, etc. 

Je remercie Shuni pour sa générosité, sa sensibilité et son engagement indéfectible envers la culture et l’environnement. 

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur Shuni à https://www.linkedin.com/in/shuni-tsou-1b0a9416a/

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é32 tsou (translation)

Citizen engagement is what is needed for cultural change around climate action. It’s really a cultural shift in any setting. When you want to make big systemic changes, you have to change the culture and arts and culture are good tools to change the culture.

shuni tsou, conscient podcast, april 24, 2021, ottawa

Shuni Tsou is a passionate civil servant specialized in the field of culture who finds the magic of arts in nature and life’s ordinary moments. Brought up in Taiwan, Shuni started her globe hopping journey as a touring musician at age 14, delved into the studies of intercultural arts collaborations in the UK and US, and dedicated the past decade in promoting and democratizing the arts in Canada and beyond. 

I met Shuni while she was at Canada Council for the Arts as Policy and Planning Officer and Program Officer in the Equity Office. She now works as Cultural Diplomacy Advisor at Global Affairs Canada. Shuni has a sharp mind and a kind heart. I was pleased that she accepted my invitation to share her insights about our shared interest for arts, environment, and social justice.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Ottawa’s Richelieu Vanier Park, Shuni and I discussed citizen engagement, cultural action, the ecological crisis, arts education, social justice, systemic change, equity, and more. 

I thank Shuni for her generosity, sensitivity and unwavering commitment to culture and the environment. 

More information about Shuni can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shuni-tsou-1b0a9416a/

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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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Conscient Podcast show notes april 21, 2021

Hello conscient listener

I realise that most people do not have time or the inclination to read my conscient podcast ‘show notes’. I get it, as I don’t usually have time to read the musings of other podcasters either and yet they are a useful part of my ‘learning journey’ as I get to ‘think out loud’ without reserve. It also serves as a journal for me to look back at how my thinking is evolving over time.

On April 8, 2021 I published e22 westerkamp, followed by e23 appadurai, e24 weaving and 25 shaw today, April 21. See https://www.conscient.ca/podcast/ .

Here are some of my learnings:

  • Hildegard Westerkamp reinforced listening, both physically and metaphorically, is at the heart of our collective future.
  • My conversation with Anjali Appadurai brought awakening to new perspectives about the roots of the ecological crisis, our search for a northern star, our disconnection with nature, what a just transition might look like
  • jil p. weaving reminded me of the power of community-engaged art, the long road to reconciliation wiht indigenous peoples, arts and healing and the importance of the local.
  • Michael Shaw taught me about compassion and how to approach ecological anxiety and grief

I’m continuing my series of conversations in the coming weeks at a fast pace. The energy is there so I’ll go on until it does not feel right. I already am having creative ideas for the first episode season 3 around the theme of ‘creative refuge’.

I’ll be publishing the first French language episode of this season soon.

Finally, you might also have noticed that I changed my podcast slogan to art + conscience + ecological crisis = #conscientpodcast. I tried to put in personalized sentence form such as ‘my learning journey about the ecological crisis through arts and culture’ but it did not work so I went for the four key words that are the touchstone of this project : art, conscience, ecological, crisis plus a new hashtag to help track the podcast.

All for now

Claude

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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 or on my cell (613) 255 6468.

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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Conscient Podcast: é28 ung

La résilience, au fond, c’est d’avoir la capacité à être vulnérable et je crois que souvent, la résilience est vue comme la capacité de ne pas être vulnérable, et pour moi, le contraire, c’est plutôt que la résilience est la capacité d’être vulnérable et de croire avec espoir. Peut-être qu’on a la capacité de rebondir, de revenir, de remonter, de renaître. Je crois que c’est une manière de pratiquer la résilience, qui est de plus en plus nécessaire. Parce que si on veut avancer, si on veut apprendre et apprendre à désapprendre et il va falloir être vulnérable et donc de voir la résilience comme étant la capacité d’être vulnérable.

jimmy ung, balado conscient, 17 avril, 2021, Montréal

Jimmy Ung est né à Montréal d’une famille de réfugiés de la guerre du Cambodge. Il a voyagé dans plus de 35 pays et travaillé pour la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO, le Parlement du Canada, ainsi que l’organisation caritative UNIS (Enfants Entraide). En 2014 – 2015, il effectue une traversée des Amériques en motocyclette de plus de 30 000 kilomètres, durant laquelle il réalise des entrevues et de la photographie. En 2019, il débute un projet d’essai sur les thématiques du privilège et de la pleine conscience. Passionné par le dialogue interculturel et la transformation sociale, Jimmy œuvre actuellement comme consultant en éducation interculturelle et agit comme animateur à la vie spirituelle et à l’engagement communautaire au Collège Reine-Marie à Montréal. Avec une certification en coaching intégral et une formation en relations industrielles, il aime intervenir autant au niveau individuel que systémique, car ces deux dimensions vont de paire selon lui. Curieux de nature, Jimmy aime identifier les liens entre différents domaines et créer de nouvelles interprétations afin de mieux répondre aux défis émergents.

Je suis en dialogue avec Jimmy depuis des années sur un grand nombre d’enjeux, dont la conscience, la jeunesse, le voyage, les politiques culturelles et la spiritualité sous toutes ses formes.

Le samedi 17 avril 2021, en se promenant au parc Frédéric-Back, à Montréal, nous avons eu un long échange sur la notion du privilège, la résilience, le rôle des arts dans la facilitation du dialogue et de l’apprentissage interculturels, l’éducation, la justice sociale, etc.

Je remercie Jimmy pour sa générosité, son grand calme et sa réflexion en profondeur sur les enjeux actuels.

Il a eu la gentillesse de me donner cette très belle carte postale, Sacred Shepherd, par Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) du Allahadbad Museum, Inde à la fin de notre échange.

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur le travail de Jimmy à https://www.jimmyung.com/

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é28 ung (translation)

Resilience, at its core, is having the ability to be vulnerable and I think often resilience is seen as the ability to not be vulnerable, and for me, the opposite, more like resilience is the ability to be vulnerable and to believe with hope. Maybe we have the ability to bounce back, to come back, to rise again, to be reborn? I think that’s a way of practicing resilience, which is more and more necessary. Because if we want to move forward, if we want to learn and learn to unlearn, we will have to be vulnerable and therefore see resilience as the ability to be vulnerable.

jimmy ung, conscient podcast, April 17, 2021, Montréal

Jimmy Ung was born in Montreal to a family of refugees from the Cambodian war. He has traveled to over 35 countries and worked for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Parliament of Canada and WE Charity. In 2014 – 2015, he completed a motorcycle journey across the Americas of over 30,000 kilometers, during which he conducted interviews and photography. In 2019, he began an essay project on the themes of privilege and mindfulness. Passionate about intercultural dialogue and social transformation, Jimmy currently works as an intercultural education consultant and as a spiritual life and community involvement animator at Collège Reine-Marie in Montréal. He holds a certification in integral coaching and a degree in industrial relations, and enjoys working at both individual and systemic levels, believing that both dimensions go hand in hand. Curious by nature, Jimmy enjoys identifying linkages between different domains and creating new interpretations that serve to address emerging challenges.

I have been in dialogue with Jimmy for years on a wide range of issues, including mindfulness, youth, travel, cultural policy and spirituality in all its forms.

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, while walking through Frederic Back Park in Montreal, we had a long exchange about the notion of privilege, resilience, the role of the arts in facilitating intercultural dialogue and learning, education, social justice, etc.

I thank Jimmy for his generosity, his great calm and his deep reflection on current issues.

He kindly gave me this beautiful postcard, Sacred Shepherd, by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) from Allahadbad Museum, India at the end of our walk.

You can find more information about Jimmy’s work at https://www.jimmyung.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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Conscient Podcast: e31 morrow

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I think that artists are for the most part in tune with what’s going on in the world. We’re all reporters, somehow journalists, who translate our message into our art, as art is in my mind, a readout, a digested or raw readout of what it is that we’re experiencing. Our wish to be an artist is in fact, in order to be able to spend our lives doing that process.

charlie morrow, conscient podcast, April 16, 2021

Charlie Morrow is a composer, sound artist, performer, and innovator whose goal over the past four decades has been to bring experimental sound and music to a wider audience. Morrow calls himself a ‘framemaker’, a creator and producer of context.  His life’s work – 50 years as a hybrid, with one foot each in the classical and commercial music worlds. Born to a family of doctors and inventors, Morrow uses his creativity to make tools to share with others—not only musicians and sound artists, but teachers, architects, and engineers – ‘so that they might create positive spaces for work, education, and healing.’

My first point of contact with Charlie (who I did not know before then) was an email I received on April 10, 2021 where Charlie said:  

‘I am a fellow lifer in the sound trade. Thought it would be fun to have a recorded conversation. I am completing production for Immerse! book and podcast with over 45 chats with collaborators on immersive projects. I am curious about what you have gathered from your conversations and happy to spontaneously share my experiences. …  Hope you like the idea.’

This conversation took place on April 16, 2021 which I recorded at Charlie’s request. About halfway through the exchange I said:

‘I regret not setting this up as a conscient podcast interview because you’re saying so many interesting things. I probably could use some of it. I don’t know how you’d feel about that.’

Charlie responded:

‘Feel free to use it any way you like. I’m finding the conversation very stimulating. We’ve been through so many of the same patterns, you know, and we feel that we’re doing the work we do totally out of conscience and interest moved by the people who want to make life on earth better. Having noticed acoustic ecology, that’s my work right now, I talk about sonic health. ‘

Charlie and I exchanged on a wide range of issues including the origins of the conscient podcast, music, acoustic ecology, art and climate, health, hope, artists as journalists, etc. 

As I am doing with all episodes in season 2, I integrated excerpts from e19 reality and e01 terrified into this episode as interludes.

I would like to thank Charlie for inviting me to speak and allowing it to become a serendipitous episode of conscient, for sharing his deep knowledge of music, sound and climate. 

For more information on Charlie’s work, see https://www.charliemorrow.com/

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e31 morrow (traduction)

Je pense que les artistes sont pour la plupart en lien avec ce qui se passe dans le monde. Nous sommes tous des reporters, des journalistes en quelque sorte, qui traduisent notre message dans notre art, car l’art est, selon moi, une lecture, une lecture digérée ou brute de ce que nous vivons. Notre souhait d’être un artiste est en fait de pouvoir passer notre vie à faire ce processus.’

charlie morrow, balado conscient, 16 avril, 2021

charlie morrow, balado conscient, 16 avril, 2021

Charlie Morrow est un compositeur, un artiste sonore, un interprète et un innovateur dont l’objectif, au cours des quarante dernières années, a été de faire connaître la musique et les sons expérimentaux à un public plus large. Morrow se définit comme un ‘encadreur’, un créateur et un producteur de contexte.  L’œuvre de sa vie – 50 ans d’hybridation, avec un pied dans le monde de la musique classique et un pied dans celui de la musique commerciale. Issu d’une famille de médecins et d’inventeurs, Morrow utilise sa créativité pour fabriquer des outils qu’il partage avec d’autres – non seulement des musiciens et des artistes du son, mais aussi des enseignants, des architectes et des ingénieurs – ‘afin qu’ils puissent créer des espaces positifs pour le travail, l’éducation et la guérison’.

Mon premier point de contact avec Charlie (que je ne connaissais pas avant) a été un e-mail que j’ai reçu le 10 avril 2021, dans lequel Charlie disait : 

‘Je suis un compagnon de vie dans le commerce du son. J’ai pensé qu’il serait amusant d’avoir une conversation enregistrée. Je suis en train de terminer la production du livre et du podcast Immerse ! avec plus de 45 conversations avec des collaborateurs sur des projets immersifs. Je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous avez tiré de vos conversations et je suis heureux de partager spontanément mes expériences. … J’espère que l’idée vous plaira’.

Cette conversation a eu lieu le 16 avril 2021, que j’ai enregistrée à la demande de Charlie. A mi-chemin dans l’échange, j’ai dit :

Je regrette de ne pas avoir organisé cette interview pour le balado conscient, car ce que tu dis est tellement intéressant. Je pourrais probablement en utiliser certains éléments. Je ne sais pas ce que tu en penses?’

Charlie a répondu :

‘N’hésite pas à l’utiliser comme bon il te semble. Je trouve la conversation très stimulante. Nous sommes passés par tant de schémas identiques, tu sais, et j’ai le sentiment que nous faisons le travail que nous faisons totalement par conscience et par intérêt, poussés par les gens qui veulent rendre la vie sur terre meilleure. Ayant remarqué l’écologie sonore, c’est mon travail en ce moment, je parle de santé sonore. ‘

Charlie et moi avons échangé sur un large éventail de sujets, notamment les origines du balado conscient, la musique, l’écologie sonore, l’art et le climat, la santé, l’espoir, les artistes en tant que journalistes, etc. 

Comme je le fais avec tous les épisodes de la saison 2, j’ai intégré des extraits de e19 reality et e01 terrified dans cet épisode comme interludes.

J’aimerais remercier Charlie de m’avoir invité à prendre la parole et d’avoir permis que cela devienne un épisode fortuit de conscient, pour avoir partagé sa profonde connaissance de la musique, du son et du climat. 

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Charlie, voir https://www.charliemorrow.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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Conscient Podcast: e29 loy

Some people would say, OK, we have a climate crisis, so we’ve got to shift as quickly as possible as we can from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, which is right. But somehow the idea that by doing that we can just sort of carry on in the way that we have been otherwise is a misunderstanding. We have a much greater crisis here and what it fundamentally goes back to is this sense of separation from the earth, that we feel our wellbeing, therefore, is separate from the wellbeing of the earth and that therefore we can kind of exploit it and use it in any way we want. I think we can understand the ecological crisis as a kind of the karma built into that way of relating and exploiting the earth. The other really important thing, which I end up talking about more often, is I think Buddhism has this idea of the bodhisattva path, the idea that it’s not simply that we want to become awakened simply for our own benefit, but much more so that we want to awaken in order to be a service to everyone. 

david loy, conscient podcast, april 15, 2021

David Loy is a professor, writer and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He finished the formal koan curriculum in 1988 and was given the dharma name Tetsu’un “Wisdom cloud.” He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including TricycleLion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on his web site. David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. David is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colarado. 

My first point of contact with David’s work was his 2019 book Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological CrisisThis publication affected me deeply and opened me to me to new perceptive on the climate emergency and on my own zen practice. I was honoured when David kindly accepted to speak with me on April 15, 2021 from his home in Colorado. 

David and I exchanged on a wide range of issues including the bodhisattva path, the role of storytelling, nonduality, interdependence and the notion of ‘hope’ through a Buddhist lens.

As I am doing with all episodes in season 2, I integrated excerpts from e19 reality into this episode as interludes.

I would like to thank David for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing his deep knowledge of Buddhism and for his vision of how the bodhisattva path can play a larger role in the climate emergency. 

For more information on David’s work, see https://www.davidloy.org/

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e29 loy (traduction)

Certains diront que nous sommes confrontés à une crise climatique et que nous devons passer le plus rapidement possible des combustibles fossiles aux sources d’énergie renouvelables, ce qui est juste. Mais l’idée qu’en faisant cela, nous pouvons simplement continuer comme nous l’avons fait jusqu’à présent est un malentendu. Nous sommes confrontés à une crise bien plus grave, et ce qui en ressort fondamentalement, c’est ce sentiment de séparation d’avec la terre, le sentiment que notre bien-être est séparé du bien-être de la terre et que nous pouvons donc l’exploiter et l’utiliser comme bon nous semble. Je pense que nous pouvons comprendre la crise écologique comme une sorte de karma construit dans cette façon de se rapporter à la terre et de l’exploiter. L’autre chose vraiment importante, dont je finis par parler plus souvent, c’est que je pense que le bouddhisme a cette idée de la voie du bodhisattva, l’idée que nous ne voulons pas simplement nous éveiller pour notre propre bénéfice, mais bien plus que nous voulons nous éveiller afin de rendre service à tout le monde. 

david loy, conscient podcast, 15 avril, 2021

David Loy est professeur, écrivain et enseignant zen dans la tradition zen Sanbo du bouddhisme zen japonais. Il a terminé le cursus formel des koan en 1988 et a reçu le nom de dharma Tetsu’un “Wisdom cloud.” (nuage de sagesse). Il est un auteur prolifique, dont les essais et les livres ont été traduits dans de nombreuses langues. Ses articles paraissent régulièrement dans les pages de grandes revues comme Tikkun et de magazines bouddhistes comme Tricycle, Lion’s Roar et Buddhadharma, ainsi que dans diverses revues savantes. Un grand nombre de ses écrits, ainsi que des conférences et des entretiens audio et vidéo, sont disponibles sur son site Web. David donne des conférences nationales et internationales sur divers sujets, en se concentrant principalement sur la rencontre entre le bouddhisme et la modernité : ce que chacun peut apprendre de l’autre. Il est particulièrement préoccupé par les questions sociales et écologiques. David est un membre fondateur du Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, près de Boulder, dans le Colorado. 

Mon premier contact avec le travail de David a été son livre Ecodharma : Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, publié en 2019. Cette publication m’a profondément affecté et m’a ouvert à de nouvelles perceptions sur l’urgence climatique et sur ma propre pratique zen. J’ai été honoré lorsque David a gentiment accepté de s’entretenir avec moi le 15 avril 2021 depuis sa maison du Colorado. 

David et moi avons échangé sur un large éventail de sujets, notamment la voie du bodhisattva, le rôle du conte, la non-dualité, l’interdépendance et la notion d’”espoir”  dans un cadre bouddhiste.

Comme je le fais pour tous les épisodes de la saison 2, j’ai intégré des extraits de la e19 reality dans cet épisode sous forme d’interludes.

Je tiens à remercier David d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, d’avoir partagé sa profonde connaissance du bouddhisme et sa vision de la manière dont la voie du bodhisattva peut jouer un rôle plus important dans l’urgence climatique. 

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de David, voir https://www.davidloy.org/ . 

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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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Conscient Podcast Show Notes April 2 2021

Where do we go from here? (60 second composition from e19 reality)
  1. I realize now – as season 2 of the conscient podcast unfolds – that creating e19 reality has been a cathartic and transformative experience for me. I keep thinking about Where do we go from here? (see audio clip above). I’m also thinking about privilege, unconscious bias and access.
  2. I’ve received valuable feedback so far about e19 reality. Much appreciated. One person kindly mentioned that e19 was ‘a cross between a meditation, a news report and pure art’. Issues raised by listeners include: working through the daunting number of ideas and information about climate change, acknowledging the reality that males are leading the destruction of our planet and dealing with the cognitive dissonance of consuming our world to death.
  3. I’ve been listening to other podcasts about environmental issues : Outrage and Optimism, CBC Radio’s What on Earth, Zen Studies Podcast, CBC Radio Ideas, etc. This week, I recommend episode 302 from Green Dreamer featuring eco-communitarian anarchist writer, activist, and educator John Clark, which explores the idea of earth as a conscient being. It sent a shiver up my spine. 
  4. I’m now recording 2-3 conversations a week and will be publishing new episodes, in French or in English, as they become available. Coming next are philosopher Dr. Todd Dufresne (my first remote recording using Squadcast), composer Hildegard Westerkamp, activist Anjali Appadurai, cultural worker Jil Weaving, musician David Maggs and many more (eco grief specialists, indigenous artists, zen teachers, etc). Please stay tuned.

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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 or on my cell (613) 255 6468.

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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Conscient Podcast: e30 maggs

Complexity is the world built of relationships and it’s a very different thing to engage what is true or real in a complexity framework than it is to engage in it, in what is a modernist Western enlightenment ambition, to identify the absolute objective properties that are intrinsic in any given thing. Everyone is grappling with the fact that the world is exhibiting itself so much in these entanglements of relationships. The arts are completely at home in that world. And so, we’ve been sort of under the thumb of the old world. We’ve always been a kind of second-class citizen in an enlightenment rationalist society. But once we move out of that world and we move into a complexity framework, suddenly the arts are entirely at home and we have capacity in that world that a lot of other sectors don’t have. What I’ve been trying to do with this report (Art and the World After This) is articulate the way in which these different disruptions are putting us in a very different reality and it’s a reality in which we go from being a kind of secondary entertaining class to, maybe, having a capacity to sit at the heart of a lot of really critical problem-solving challenges.

david maggs, conscient podcast, march 25, 2021, vancouver

David Maggs grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and spent much of his developmental years as a classical pianist. In 2002, David founded Gros Morne Summer Music, a music festival that has grown into a year-round interdisciplinary arts festival.  As an academic, Maggs addresses issues of culture and sustainability. His paper, Art and the World After This, was published by the Metcalf Foundation on April 28, 2021, which I encourage everyone to read and circulate. Also of interest is his Metcalf Innovation Fellow David Maggs writes about arts and COVID for new collaboration with The Philanthropist.

e30 maggs was recorded in Quichena Park, Vancouver on March 25, 2021. It was my first recording of season 2 so you might hear some nervousness and excitement in my voice (David was very calm, thankfully). 

David and I exchanged on a wide range of issues including connections between artistic capacity and sustainability issues, ‘reality’, how the arts sector can rethink its unique value proposition, disruption, indigenous knowledge, the recovery of the arts sector after the covid crisis, etc. 

As I did in all episode in season 2, I integrated excerpts from e19 reality into this episode as interludes. 

I would like to thank David for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing his deep knowledge of cultural and sustainability policy and for his vision of a much larger role for the arts sector in the climate emergency.  

For more information on David’s work, see https://greattransition.org/contributor/david-maggs

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e30 maggs (traduction)

La complexité est le monde construit de relations et c’est une chose très différente de s’engager dans ce qui est vrai ou réel dans un cadre de complexité que de s’y engager, dans ce qui est une ambition occidentale moderniste, de l’époque des Lumières (enlightenment), d’identifier les propriétés objectives absolues qui sont intrinsèques à toute chose donnée. Tout le monde est aux prises avec le fait que le monde s’expose tellement dans ces enchevêtrements de relations. Les arts sont complètement à l’aise dans ce monde. Et donc, nous avons été en quelque sorte sous la coupe de l’ancien monde. Nous avons toujours été une sorte de citoyen de seconde classe dans une société rationaliste de l’époque des Lumières. Mais une fois que nous sortons de ce monde et que nous entrons dans un cadre de complexité, les arts sont tout à fait à leur place et nous avons une capacité dans ce monde que beaucoup d’autres secteurs n’ont pas. Ce que j’ai essayé de faire avec ce rapport (Art and the World After This), c’est d’articuler la manière dont ces différentes perturbations nous placent dans une réalité très différente, une réalité dans laquelle nous passons d’une sorte de classe secondaire de divertissement à, peut-être, une capacité à prendre notre place au cœur de la résolution d’un grand nombre de problèmes vraiment critiques.

david maggs, balado conscient, 25 mars 2021, vancouver

David Maggs a grandi à Corner Brook, à Terre-Neuve, et a passé une grande partie de ses années de développement en tant que pianiste classique. En 2002, il a fondé Gros Morne Summer Music, un festival de musique qui est devenu un festival d’arts interdisciplinaires ouvert toute l’année.  En tant qu’universitaire, M. Maggs s’intéresse aux questions de culture et de durabilité. Son article, Art and the World After This, a été publié par la Metcalf Foundation le 23 avril 2021. J’encourage tous à le lire et à le faire circuler. Il est également intéressant de noter que son Metcalf Innovation Fellow David Maggs writes about arts and COVID for new collaboration with The Philanthropist.

e30 maggs a été enregistré au parc Quichena, à Vancouver, le 25 mars 2021. C’était mon premier enregistrement de la saison 2 du balado conscient, vous pouvez donc entendre un peu de nervosité et d’excitation dans ma voix (David était très calme, heureusement). 

David et moi avons échangé sur un large éventail de sujets, notamment les liens entre la capacité artistique et les questions de durabilité, la “réalité”, la façon dont le secteur artistique peut repenser sa proposition de valeur unique, la perturbation, le savoir autochtone, le redressement du secteur artistique après la crise COVID, etc. 

Comme je l’ai fait dans tous les épisodes de cette 2 saison, j’ai intégré des extraits de e19 reality dans cet épisode comme interludes. 

Je tiens à remercier David d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, d’avoir partagé ses connaissances approfondies en matière de politique culturelle et de durabilité et d’avoir exprimé sa vision d’un rôle beaucoup plus important pour le secteur artistique dans le cadre de l’urgence climatique.

Pour en savoir plus sur le travail de David, voir https://greattransition.org/contributor/david-maggs

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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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Launch of season 2 of the conscient podcast

Hi there,

I pressed the ‘publish’ button for the second season of the conscient podcast on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

I then sent a notice on social media to help spread the word, which I invite anyone to amplify.

I now will start recording interview with guests, including some of the authors I quote in e19 reality. I’m open suggestions and invite your feedback. I put it this way in e19 reality:

I’m aware that my work has moments of incoherence, contradiction, unconscious bias, a bit of panic and some naïveté, among other things, so please feel free to challenge my assumptions, share your thoughts and join the conversation through conscient.ca

e19 reality, minute 41

I’m concerned at times that some of my words are starting to sound bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’ but then I was reminded of the quote by American writer Toni Morrison, in a 2003 interview for Oprah Magazine:

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. This is the time for every artist in every genre to do what he or she does loudly and consistently. It doesn’t matter to me what your position is. You’ve got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it. This is about being a complex human being in the world, not about finding a villain. This is no time for anything else than the best that you’ve got.”

Toni Morrison

This calmed me down.

I also tell people that I promised my children in e01 terrified that I would not panic, that I would experience life mindfully, that I would engage in rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change and that we would never, EVER, lose hope for the only world we have…

It’s a tall order given the mess we have created on earth but I believe in the power of accumulated effort, which, when they come together (and they must), can break through any barrier. For me, the biggest barrier was coming to terms with reality itself. Through my zen practice, I came up with this observation:

More and more, 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, minute 40

We’ll see where it goes. Thanks for your company.

Claude

Note: I could not have done this second season without the support of my wife Sabrina Mathews and podcast consultant Ayesha Barmania. Thank you.

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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 or on my cell (613) 255 6468.

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.

Go to conscient.ca

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