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Conscient Podcast: e49 windatt

Note: photo of Clayton Windatt courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada

What if you tasked the arts sector with how to make messages, not about the crisis, but on the shifts in behavior that are necessary on a more meaningful basis. When the pandemic began and certain products weren’t on the shelves at grocery stores, but there was still lots of stuff. There were shortages, but there wasn’t that much shortage. How much would my life really change if half the products in the store were just not here, right and half of them didn’t come from all over in the world? Like they were just: whatever made sense to have it available here and just having less choice. How terrible would that be: kind of not. How can we change behavior on a more holistic level, and have it stick, because that’s what we need to do right now, and I think the arts would be a great vehicle to see those messages hit everybody and make a change.

clayton windatt, conscient podcast, may 13, 2021, sturgeon falls, ontario

Clayton Windatt is a curator, multi-arts performer and filmmaker living and working in Ontario who is current Executive Director of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference. Clayton has an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts and works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, and consulting, and is a very active artist.

I first met Clayton Windatt at a national arts service organization meeting in Ottawa while I worked at the Canada Council for the Arts. Clayton always impressed me with his clarity of thought and vision. The slogan of his web site is ‘make things happen’. This has been my experience with him. 

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 Clayton for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing his deep knowledge of art practice and rights, his values, his wicked sense of humour, his generosity and his sharp strategic mind. 

For more information on Clayton’s work, see https://claytonwindatt.com/cv/

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Imaginez, si vous chargiez le secteur artistique de faire passer des messages, non pas sur la crise, mais sur les changements de comportement qui sont nécessaires de manière plus significative. Lorsque la pandémie a commencé, certains produits n’étaient pas sur les étagères des épiceries, mais il y avait encore beaucoup de choses. Il y avait des pénuries, mais pas tant que ça. Dans quelle mesure ma vie changerait-elle vraiment si la moitié des produits du magasin n’étaient tout simplement pas là, et si la moitié d’entre eux ne provenaient pas du monde entier ? Par exemple, tout ce qui a un sens d’être disponible ici et avoir moins de choix. Ce ne serait pas terrible : pas du tout. Comment pouvons-nous changer les comportements à un niveau plus holistique, et faire en sorte que cela soit durable, parce que c’est ce que nous devons faire maintenant, et je pense que les arts sont un excellent véhicule pour voir ces messages toucher tout le monde et apporter un changement.

clayton windatt, balado conscient, 13 mai 2021, sturgeon falls, ontario

Clayton Windatt est un commissaire, un artiste multidisciplinaire et un cinéaste qui vit et travaille en Ontario. Il est actuellement directeur général de la Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference. Clayton a une longue expérience de la culture et des arts communautaires gérés par les artistes et travaille dans/avec la communauté, le design, les communications, la conservation, la performance, le théâtre, la technologie et la consultation, et il est un artiste très actif.

J’ai rencontré Clayton Windatt pour la première fois lors d’une réunion d’un organisme national de services aux arts à Ottawa, alors que je travaillais au Conseil des arts du Canada. Clayton m’a toujours impressionné par la clarté de sa pensée et sa vision. Le slogan de son site Web est “faire bouger les choses”. C’est ce que j’ai vécu avec lui. 

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 e19 reality ainsi que des moments de silence.

Je tiens à remercier Clayton d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, de m’avoir fait partager sa profonde connaissance des pratiques et des droits artistiques, ses valeurs, son sens de l’humour, sa générosité et son esprit stratégique aiguisé. 

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Clayton, voir https://claytonwindatt.com/cv/.

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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: é48 danis

C’est comme dire qu’on fait de l’art, mais c’est un art qui, tout d’un coup, juste comme ça, est déposé. On n’essaie pas de le montrer, mais plutôt, on essaie de vivre quelque chose et de faire vivre des choses avec les gens et donc, sans être dans la zone de médiation culturelle, mais d’être dans une zone d’expériences, d’échanges et donc que je ne contrôle pas, comme, par exemple, au théâtre, une bulle dans lequel je contrains le spectateur à regarder et à focaliser uniquement sur ce que je suis en train de lui raconter. Comment on peut se raconter la planète, comment on peut se raconter l’expérience terrestre quand on partage un lieu entre branches, glaise, pansement de réparation, des traces de la terre sur une toile ou soi-même couchée sur la terre? Peu importe, tous les éléments que l’on pourrait apporter comme traces possibles d’une expérience partageable et de là, tout d’un coup, naît des images de notre partage de l’écologie.

daniel danis, balado conscient, 4 juin 2021, Québec

Daniel Danis est l’auteur d’une vingtaine de pièces de théâtre, dont sept pour le jeune public. Ses pièces de théâtre sont traduites en plusieurs langues et présentées dans le monde. Les textes Cendres de CaillouxLe chant du Dire-DireKiwiLe langue-à-langue des chiens de roches, le roman-dit, Terre Océane, se méritent de nombreux prix au Québec, au Canada, en France et en Allemagne. Parallèlement à l’écriture, Danis a entamé des explorations en art multidisciplinaire et en art durable.

Un jour en 2019 Daniel me téléphone au Conseil des arts du Canada et me dit ‘il faut faire quelque chose, maintenant!’. Il me parle des problématiques tel les conflits entre les peuples et les désastres terrestres qui obligent les humains à repenser leur lien social entre eux et le partage du territoire redessiné par la nature, etc.  

Daniel m’invite à un panel sur l’art durable dans le cadre du festival Mois multi à Québec le 9 février 2020, avec, entre autres Loïc Fel et Benedicte Ramade. Je reconnais en Daniel un chef de fil en matière d’art et d’environnement au Québec. 

J’ai beaucoup apprécié notre échange, dont cet extrait sur les ondes (le son) :

Pour moi, une manifestation de l’art doit émettre des ondes et ça ne se voit pas, ça se ressent et donc ça demande à l’être – ceux qui participent avec moi dans mes projets ou moi-même sur l’espace que je vais manifester ces objets là – d’être dans une porosité de mon corps qui permet qu’il y ait des ondes qui se produisent et forcément, ces ondes-là, mélangé à la terre et que tout un ensemble, on est en coopération. C’est sûr que ça a un effet invisible qui est l’onde et qui est l’onde du partage, du partage, même pas du savoir, c’est juste le partage de notre existence sur terre et comment être des coopérants?

Je remercie Daniel d’avoir pris le temps d’échanger avec moi et de partager sa passion pour le théâtre, de l’art qui dure et le rôle grandissant de l’artiste dans la crise écologique. 

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur Daniel https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Danis

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It’s like saying that we make art, but it’s an art that, all of a sudden, just like that, is offered. We don’t try to show it, rather, we try to experience something and to make people experience things and therefore, without being in the zone of cultural mediation, but to be in a zone of experiences, of exchanges and therefore that I don’t control. For example, in the theatre, a bubble in which I force the spectator to look and to focus only on what I am telling them, how can we tell ourselves about the planet? How can we tell ourselves about our terrestrial experiences, where we share a place between branches, clay, repair bandages and traces of the earth on a canvas or ourselves lying on the earth? No matter, all the elements that one could bring as possible traces of a shareable experience are present, and from there, all of a sudden, images of our shared ecology are born.

Daniel Danis, conscient podcast, June 4 2021, Québec

Daniel Danis is the author of some twenty plays, including seven for young audiences. His plays have been translated into several languages and presented around the world. The texts Cendres de Cailloux, Le chant du Dire-Dire, Kiwi, Le langue-à-langue des chiens de roches, and the novel Terre Océane have won numerous awards in Quebec, Canada, France and Germany. In parallel to his writing, Danis has begun to explore multidisciplinary art and sustainable art.

One day in 2019, Daniel calls me at the Canada Council and says ‘we have to do something, now!’ He talked to me about the conflicts between peoples and earthly disasters that force humans to rethink their social ties with each other and the sharing of territory redrawn by nature, etc. 

Daniel invites me to a panel on sustainable art at the Mois multi festival in Quebec City on February 9, 2020, with, among others, Loïc Fel and Benedicte Ramade. I see in Daniel a leader in art and environment in Quebec. 

I really enjoyed our exchange, including this excerpt on the air (the sound) : 

For me, a manifestation of art must emit waves and it is not seen, it is felt and therefore it requires the being – those who participate with me in my projects or myself on the space that I will manifest these objects there – to be in a porosity of my body that allows that there are waves that occur and necessarily, these waves the, mixed with the earth and that a whole set, we are in cooperation. It is sure that it has an invisible effect which is the wave and which is the wave of sharing, of sharing, not even of knowledge, it is just the sharing of our existence on earth and how to be co-operators?

I would like to thank Daniel for taking the time to talk with me and share his passion for theatre, for art that lasts and the increasing important role of the artist in the ecological crisis. 

You can find more information about Daniel at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Danis

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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: e47 keeptwo

n the work that I do and the book that I’ve just had published called, We All Go Back to the Land, it’s really an exploration of that Original Agreement and what it means today. So I want to remind Indigenous readers of our Original Agreement to nurture and protect and honor and respect the Earth Mother and all of the gifts that she has for us and then to introduce that Original Agreement to non-indigenous Canadians or others of the world that so that we can together, as a human species, work toward what I call the ultimate act of reconciliation to help heal the earth.

suzanne keeptwo, conscient podcast, may 14, 2021, gatineau, québec

Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis from Québec, is a multi-faceted creative artist of Algonkin (Kitchesipirini)/French & Irish descent. She is a writer, editor, teacher, and experienced journalist who is a passionate advocate for Indigenous rights and cultural awareness. Her area of expertise is in bridging gaps of understanding between Indigenous and non – Indigenous Canadians – a role that brings her across the nation as a professional facilitator. The author of We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgments (2021), Suzanne promotes traditional peoples’ Original Agreement to respect and protect the Earth Mother. She adheres to traditional Values of Old and promotes the Indigenization of contemporary-world constructs. 

Suzanne and I were colleagues at the Canada Council for the Arts where I benefitted from her deep knowledge of Indigenous arts and culture and her passion for education. We’re both retired from the Council now and so I biked over to her home in Gatineau on the Ottawa river and recorded this 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 Suzanne for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her insights about Indigenous rights, land acknowledgements and arts education for climate awareness. 

For more information on Suzanne work, see https://www.suzannekeeptwo.com/

Location for recording of e47 keeptwo on Ottawa River, Gatineau 
Lieu de l’enregistrement du e47 keeptwo sur la rivière des Outaouais, Gatineau

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Dans le travail que je fais et dans le livre que je viens de publier, intitulé We All Go Back to the Land, il s’agit vraiment d’une exploration de cet Accord Originel et de ce qu’il signifie aujourd’hui. Je veux donc rappeler aux lecteurs Autochtones notre Accord Originel pour nourrir, protéger, honorer et respecter la Mère Terre et tous les dons qu’elle nous a faits, puis présenter cet Accord Originel aux Canadiens non autochtones ou à d’autres personnes dans le monde, afin que nous puissions ensemble, en tant qu’espèce humaine, travailler à ce que j’appelle l’acte ultime de réconciliation pour aider à guérir la terre.

suzanne keeptwo, balado conscient, 14 mai 2021, gatineau, québec

Suzanne Keeptwo, métisse du Québec, est une artiste créative aux multiples facettes, d’ascendance algonquine (Kitchesipirini)/française et irlandaise. Écrivaine, rédactrice, enseignante et journaliste expérimentée, elle défend avec passion les droits des Autochtones et la sensibilisation culturelle. Son domaine d’expertise consiste à combler les écarts de compréhension entre les Canadiens autochtones et non autochtones – un rôle qui l’amène à parcourir le pays en tant que facilitatrice professionnelle. L’auteur de We All Go Back To The Land : The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgments (2021), Suzanne fait la promotion de l’accord original des peuples traditionnels pour respecter et protéger la Terre Mère. Elle adhère aux valeurs traditionnelles d’antan et encourage l’indigénisation des constructions du monde contemporain. 

Suzanne et moi étions collègues au Conseil des arts du Canada, où j’ai bénéficié de sa profonde connaissance des arts et de la culture Autochtones et de sa passion pour l’éducation. Nous avons toutes deux pris notre retraite du Conseil et je me suis donc rendue en vélo chez elle, à Gatineau, sur la rivière des Outaouais, pour enregistrer cette conversation. 

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 Suzanne d’avoir pris le temps de me parler et de partager ses idées sur les droits des Autochtones, la reconnaissance des terres et l’éducation artistique pour la sensibilisation au climat. 

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

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About the Conscient 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: 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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Conscient Podcast: e45 abbott

The notion of reality and the way we grasp reality as humans is so deeply subjective, but it’s also socially constructed, and so, as a filmmaker – and this is relevant because I’m also a Zen Buddhist – from both those perspectives, I try to explore what we perceive as reality to untangle and figure out in what ways are we being deluded? And in what ways do we have clear vision? And obviously the more clear vision we can have, the better actions we take to ensure a more compassionate, just and sustainable livable world. I’m all for untangling the delusion while admitting wholeheartedly that to untangle it fully is impossible.

jennifer abbott, conscient podcast, may 6, 2021, british columbia

Jennifer Abbott is a Sundance and Genie award-winning film director, writer, editor, producer and sound designer who specializes in social justice and environmental documentaries. Born in Montreal, Abbott studied political science with a particular interest in radical political thought, women’s studies and deep ecology at McGill University and now live in British Columbia.  

She is the co-director (with Mark Achbar) and editor of The Corporation (2003), the top grossing and most awarded documentary in Canadian history and also the director, writer, editor, sound designer and co-producer of The Magnitude of all Things (2020) and the Co-Director (with Joel Bakan) and Supervising Editor of The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020), both of which I strongly recommend. 

The Magnitude of all Things is a unique and powerful film. It’s a cinematic exploration of the emotional and psychological dimensions of climatechangethat exploresJennifer loss of her sister to cancer and the profound gravity of climate breakdown and draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. This film brought me to tears and resonated deeply. I reached out to Jennifer to talk about this important film as well as her other work.

There were many poignant moments in our conversation, including this thought about grief and compassion: 

In terms of why people are so often unable to accept the reality of climate change, I think it’s very understandable, because the scale and the violence of it is just so vast, it’s difficult to comprehend. It’s also so depressing and enraging if one knows the politics behind it and overwhelming. I don’t think we, as a species, deal with things that have those qualities very well and we tend to look away. I have a lot of compassion, including for myself, in terms of how difficult it is to come to terms with the climate catastrophe. It is the end of the world as we know it. We don’t know what exactly the new world is going to look like, but we do know we’re headed for some catastrophe. 

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 Jennifer for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her passion for social justice and for her outstanding contributions to environmental activism.

For more information on Jennifer’s work, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Abbott

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Jennifer Abbott during the filming of The Magnitude of All Things with DOP Vince Arvidson
Jennifer Abbott pendant le tournage de The Magnitude of All Things avec le directeur de la photographie Vince Arvidson.

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La notion de réalité et la façon dont nous appréhendons la réalité en tant qu’êtres humains sont profondément subjectives, mais aussi socialement construites, et donc, en tant que cinéaste – et c’est pertinent parce que je suis aussi un bouddhiste zen – j’essaie d’explorer ce que nous percevons comme la réalité pour démêler et comprendre en quoi nous avons été trompés ? Et dans quelle mesure avons-nous une vision claire ? Et évidemment, plus nous avons une vision claire, meilleures sont les actions que nous entreprenons pour garantir un monde plus compatissant, plus juste et plus vivable. Je suis tout à fait d’accord pour démêler l’illusion tout en admettant de tout cœur qu’il est impossible de la démêler complètement.

jennifer abbott, balado conscient, 6 mai 2021, colombie britannique

Jennifer Abbott est une réalisatrice, scénariste, monteuse, productrice et conceptrice sonore primée par Sundance et Genie qui se spécialise dans les documentaires sur la justice sociale et l’environnement. Née à Montréal, Jennifer Abbott a étudié les sciences politiques avec un intérêt particulier pour la pensée politique radicale, les études des femmes et l’écologie profonde à l’Université McGill et vit maintenant en Colombie-Britannique.  

Elle est la co-réalisatrice (avec Mark Achbar) et la monteuse de The Corporation (2003), le documentaire le plus vendu et le plus primé de l’histoire du Canada, ainsi que la réalisatrice, la scénariste, la monteuse, la conceptrice sonore et la coproductrice de The Magnitude of all Things (2020) et la co-réalisatrice (avec Joel Bakan) et la superviseuse de The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020), deux films que je recommande vivement. 

The Magnitude of all Things est un film unique et puissant. Il s’agit d’une exploration cinématographique des dimensions émotionnelles et psychologiques du changement climatique qui explore la perte de sa sœur par Jennifer suite à un cancer et la gravité profonde de l’effondrement du climat, et qui établit des parallèles intimes entre les expériences de deuil – à la fois personnelles et planétaires. Ce film m’a fait pleurer et m’a profondément touchée. J’ai voulu contacter Jennifer pour parler de ce film important et son travail en général.  

Notre conversation a donné lieu à de nombreux moments poignants, dont cette réflexion sur le deuil et la compassion : 

Si l’on veut savoir pourquoi les gens sont si souvent incapables d’accepter la réalité du changement climatique, je pense que c’est très compréhensible, car l’ampleur et la violence de ce phénomène sont si vastes qu’elles sont difficiles à comprendre. C’est également si déprimant et fâchant si l’on connaît les politiques qui se cachent derrière et qui sont écrasantes. Je ne pense pas qu’en tant qu’espèce, nous gérons très bien les choses qui ont ces qualités et nous avons tendance à détourner le regard. J’ai beaucoup de compassion, y compris pour moi-même, quant à la difficulté d’accepter la catastrophe climatique. C’est la fin du monde tel que nous le connaissons. Nous ne savons pas exactement à quoi ressemblera le nouveau monde, mais nous savons que nous nous dirigeons vers une certaine catastrophe. 

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 Jennifer d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, de partager sa passion pour la justice sociale et d’avoir contribué de façon remarquable au militantisme environnemental. 

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Jennifer, voir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Abbott.

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– The Great Derangement par Amitav Ghosh

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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: e44 bilodeau

Note: photo of Chantal Bilodeau by Yadin Goldman

I think of the arts as planting a seed and activism as being the quickest way you can get from A to B. So activism is like, this is what we’re going to do. We have to do it now. This is a solution. This is what we’re working towards and there’s all kinds of different solutions, but it’s about action. The arts are not about pushing any one solution or telling people, this is what you need to do. It is about saying here’s a problem. Let’s think about it together. Let’s explore avenues we could take. Let’s think about what it means and what it means, not just, should I drive a car or not, but what it means, as in, who are we on this earth and what is our role? How do we fit in the bigger ecosystem of the entire planet? I think the arts are something very good to do that and they are good at changing a culture.

chantal bilodeau, conscient podcast, may 11, 2021, new york

Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator originally from Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, but now based in New York City, the traditional land of the Lenape People. In her capacity as artistic director of The Arctic Cycle, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and academic communities, as well as audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/, a worldwide distributed theatre festival. 

I first heard about Chantal’s work while I worked at the Canada Council. Whenever someone spoke of theatre and climate change, Chantal’s name would come up as a leader and source of inspiration. I admire her work as a playwright, activist and educator, notably her work as co-curator, with Sarah Garton Stanley, of The 2019-20 Final Cycle: Climate Change and as an editor at Artists and Climate Change.

As I did with all episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality in this episode, including moments of silence. 

I would like to thank Chantal for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her deep knowledge of theatre, her perspectives on the role of art in the climate emergency and a climate activist work ethic that is second to none.

For more information on Chantal’s work, see https://www.cbilodeau.com/ and https://www.thearcticcycle.org/.

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Pour moi, les arts sont un moyen de semer une graine et le militantisme est le moyen le plus rapide d’aller de A à B. Le militantisme, c’est comme : voilà ce que nous allons faire. Nous devons le faire maintenant. C’est une solution, c’est ce à quoi nous travaillons et il y a toutes sortes de solutions différentes, mais il s’agit d’action. Les arts n’ont pas pour but de promouvoir une solution particulière ou de dire aux gens que c’est ce qu’ils doivent faire, mais de dire qu’il y a un problème. Réfléchissons-y ensemble. Explorons les voies que nous pourrions emprunter. Réfléchissons à ce que cela signifie et ce que cela veut dire, pas seulement, dois-je conduire une voiture ou non, mais ce que cela veut dire, comme dans, qui sommes-nous sur cette terre et quel est notre rôle. Comment nous situons-nous dans le grand écosystème de la planète entière ? Je pense que les arts sont un excellent moyen de le faire et qu’ils sont capables de changer une culture.

chantal bilodeau, balado conscient, 11 mai 2021, new york

Chantal Bilodeau est une dramaturge et traductrice originaire de Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal, mais maintenant basée à New York, la terre traditionnelle du peuple Lenape. En sa qualité de directrice artistique de The Arctic Cycle, elle a joué un rôle déterminant dans l’engagement des communautés théâtrales et universitaires, ainsi que du public aux États-Unis et à l’étranger, en faveur de l’action climatique par le biais d’une programmation comprenant des événements en direct, des conférences, des publications, des ateliers, des réunions nationales et internationales, et http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/ , un festival de théâtre distribué dans le monde entier.

J’ai entendu parler du travail de Chantal pour la première fois lorsque je travaillais au Conseil des arts du Canada. Chaque fois que quelqu’un parlait de théâtre et de changement climatique, le nom de Chantal revenait comme un leader et une source d’inspiration. J’admire son travail de dramaturge, d’activiste et d’éducatrice, notamment son travail de co-commissaire, avec Sarah Garton Stanley, de The 2019-20 Final Cycle: Climate Change et en tant que rédactrice a Artists and Climate Change.

Comme je l’ai fait pour tous les épisodes de cette saison, j’ai intégré des extraits d’épisodes précédents dans ce cas, de 19 reality dans cet épisode, y compris des moments de silence. 

Je tiens à remercier Chantal d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, de m’avoir fait part de sa profonde connaissance du théâtre, de ses perspectives sur le rôle de l’art dans l’urgence climatique et de son éthique de travail d’activiste climatique hors pair.

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Chantal, voir https://www.cbilodeau.com/  et https://www.thearcticcycle.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: e43 haley

Climate change is actually a cultural issue, not a scientific issue. Science has been extremely good at identifying the symptoms and looking at the way in which it has manifest itself, but it hasn’t really addressed any of the issues in terms of the causes. It has tried to use what you might call techno fix solution focused problem-based approaches to the situation, rather than actually asking deep questions and listening.

david haley, conscient podcast, may 6, 2021, united kingdom

I first came across David Haley’s work as an eco artist and eco educator through the Eco Art Network, notably his Going beyond Earthly essay, from which I drew this quote in e19 reality:

We now need aesthetics to sensitize us to other ways of life and we need artists to sensitize us to the shape of things to come.

I was hooked on his thinking and was enchanted when we had a conversation on May 6, 2021.  For example:

Going back to reality, one of the issues that we are not tackling is that we’re taking a dystopian view upon individual activities that creates guilt, syndromes, and neuroses which of course means that the systems of power are working and in terms of actually addressing the power – of speaking truth to power – we need to name the names, we need to name Standard Oil, IG Farben who now call themselves ESSO, Chevron, Mobil, DuPont, BP, Bayer, Monsanto BASF, Pfizer and so on. These are the people that control the governments that we think we’re voting for and the pretense of democracy that follows them. Until those organizations actually rescind their power to a regenerative way of doing and thinking, we’re stuffed, to put pretty bluntly.

I was also touched by his idea of ‘space as habitat for new ways of thinking’ (which made me think of the adage ‘do no harm’):

What I have learned to do, and this is my practice, is to focus on making space. This became clear to me when I read, Lila : An inquiry into morals by Robert Pirsig. Towards the end of the book, he suggests that the most moral act of all, is to create the space for life to move onwards and it was one of those sentences that just rang true with me, and I’ve held onto that ever since and pursued the making of space, not the filling of it. When I say I work with ecology, I try to work with whole systems, ecosystems. The things within an ecosystem are the elements with which I try to work. I try not to introduce anything other than what is already there. In other words, making the space as habitat for new ways of thinking, habitat for biodiversity to enrich itself, habitat for other ways of approaching things. I mean, there’s an old scientific adage about nature abhors a vacuum, and that vacuum is the space as I see it.

As I did with all episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality in this episode, including moments of silence. 

I would like to thank David for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing his deep knowledge of ecological art practices, his insights as an eco educator and for his vision of a path forward that ‘creates space’.

For more information on David’s work, see www.Davidhaley.uk

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Le changement climatique est en fait une question culturelle, et non une question scientifique. La science a été extrêmement efficace pour identifier les symptômes et examiner la façon dont il se manifeste, mais elle n’a pas vraiment abordé les questions relatives aux causes. Elle a essayé d’utiliser ce que l’on pourrait appeler des approches ‘techno-solutions’, centrées sur les problèmes, plutôt que de poser des questions profondes et d’écouter.

david haley, balado conscient, 6 mai 2021, royaume-uni

J’ai découvert le travail de David Haley en tant qu’artiste et éducateur écologique par le biais du Eco Art Network, notamment son essai Going beyond Earthly, dont j’ai tiré cette citation dans e20 réalité :

Nous avons maintenant besoin de l’esthétique pour nous sensibiliser à d’autres modes de vie et nous avons besoin des artistes pour nous sensibiliser à la forme des choses à venir.

J’ai été accroché à sa pensée et j’ai été enchanté lorsque nous avons eu une conversation le 6 mai 2021.  Par exemple :

Pour revenir à la réalité, l’un des problèmes que nous n’abordons pas est que nous adoptons une vision dystopique des activités individuelles qui crée de la culpabilité, des syndromes et des névroses, ce qui signifie bien sûr que les systèmes de pouvoir fonctionnent et, pour ce qui est de s’attaquer réellement au pouvoir – de dire la vérité au pouvoir – nous devons nommer les noms, nous devons nommer la Standard Oil, IG Farben qui s’appelle maintenant ESSO, Chevron, Mobil, DuPont, BP, Bayer, Monsanto BASF, Pfizer, etc. Ce sont ces gens qui contrôlent les gouvernements pour lesquels nous pensons voter et le simulacre de démocratie qui les suit. Tant que ces organisations n’auront pas abandonné leur pouvoir au profit d’une manière régénératrice de faire et de penser, nous sommes fichus, pour dire les choses crûment.

J’ai également été touché par son idée de “l’espace comme habitat pour de nouvelles façons de penser” (ce qui m’a fait penser à l’adage “ne pas faire de mal”) :

Ce que j’ai appris à faire, et c’est ma pratique, c’est de me concentrer sur la création d’un espace. Cela m’est apparu clairement lorsque j’ai lu la : Lila : An inquiry into morals de Robert Pirsig. Vers la fin du livre, il suggère que l’acte le plus moral de tous est de créer l’espace nécessaire à la vie pour aller de l’avant. C’est l’une de ces phrases qui m’ont semblé vraies, et j’y ai adhéré depuis lors, en cherchant à créer de l’espace, et non à le remplir. Quand je dis que je travaille avec l’écologie, j’essaie de travailler avec des systèmes entiers, des écosystèmes. Les choses au sein d’un écosystème sont les éléments avec lesquels j’essaie de travailler. J’essaie de ne rien introduire d’autre que ce qui est déjà là. En d’autres termes, faire de l’espace un habitat pour de nouvelles façons de penser, un habitat pour que la biodiversité s’enrichisse, un habitat pour d’autres façons d’aborder les choses. Il y a un vieil adage scientifique qui dit que la nature a horreur du vide, et ce vide est l’espace tel que je le vois.

Comme je l’ai fait pour tous les épisodes de cette saison, j’ai intégré des extraits d’épisodes précédents; dans ce cas, de e19 reality dans cet épisode, y inclut des moments de silence.

Je tiens à remercier David d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi, de partager sa connaissance approfondie des pratiques d’art écologique, ses idées en tant qu’éco-éducateur et sa vision d’une voie à suivre qui “crée de l’espace”.

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de David, consultez le site www.Davidhaley.uk . 

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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: e42 rosen

The idea of enough is very interesting to me. The idea that the planet doesn’t have enough for us on our current trajectory is at the heart of that. The question of whether the planet has enough for everyone on the planet, if we change the way we do things is an interesting way. Can we sustain seven, eight, nine billion people on the planet if everyone’s idea of enough was balanced with that equation? I don’t know, but I think it’s possible. I think that if we’ve shown nothing else as a species, as humans, it’s adaptability and resiliency and when forced to, we can do surprisingly monumental things and changes when the threat becomes real to us.

mark rosen, conscient podcast, may 2, 2021, ottawa

I’ve known Mark Rosen, as well as his brother Brian and sister Melanie all my life. I saw them being dutifully raised by their parents, Robert and Debbie, while I lived and worked in Banff, Alberta in the 1980s. I’ve seen Mark become an outstanding architect and national a leader in green building practices. 

One of the reasons I thought of Mark for a conscient conversation was when he mentioned that his generation was a ‘lost ‘or transitional generation because of deferred ecological debt. This idea struck me as tragic, but true. I was pleased when he accepted my invitation for conversation to explore a range of issues in and around architecture and design, including his understanding of ‘hope’ and the emergence of a new set of values from his generation. 

I enjoyed our conversation, including this excerpt: 

One of the things that I find very interesting in my design process as an architect is that if you were to show me two possible building sites, one that is a green field wide open, with nothing really influencing the site flat, easy to build, and then you show me a second site that is a steep rock face with an easement that you can’t build across. Inevitably, it seems to be that the site with more constraints results in a more interesting solution and the idea that constraints can actually be of benefit to the creative process is one that I think you can apply things that, on the surface, appear to be barriers instead of constraints. Capitalism, arguably, is one of those, if we say we can’t do it because it costs too much, we’re treating it as a barrier, as opposed to us saying the solution needs to be affordable, then it becomes a constraint and we can push against constraints and in doing so we can come up with creative solutions and so, one way forward, is to try and identify these things that we feel are preventing us from doing what we know we need to do and bringing them into our process as constraints, that influence where we go rather than prevent us from going where we need to go.

This conversation was recorded on May 2, 2021, on a long walk from Mark’s home in Ottawa along bike paths and into the Ottawa Arboretum.   

As I did with all previous episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from e19 reality in this episode. 

I would like to thank Mark for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing his deep knowledge of green architecture, for being frank about the challenges we face and for his vision on how to move forward.  

For more information on Mark’s work, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/marktrosen/ and https://www.webuildahome.ca/

Links

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Extrait (traduction)

L’idée d’en avoir assez est très intéressante pour moi. L’idée que la planète n’a pas assez pour nous sur notre trajectoire actuelle est au cœur de cette question. La question de savoir si la planète en a assez pour tous ses habitants, si nous changeons notre façon de faire les choses, est intéressante. Pourrions-nous faire vivre sept, huit ou neuf milliards de personnes sur la planète si l’idée que chacun se fait de ce qui suffit était équilibrée par cette équation ? Je ne sais pas, mais je pense que c’est possible. Je pense que si nous n’avons rien montré d’autre en tant qu’espèce, en tant qu’humains, c’est notre capacité d’adaptation et de résilience et quand nous y sommes forcés, nous pouvons faire des choses et des changements étonnamment monumentaux quand la menace devient réelle pour nous.

mark rosen, balado conscient, 2 mai 2021, ottawa

J’ai connu Mark Rosen, ainsi que son frère Brian et sa sœur Melanie toute ma vie. Je les ai vus être élevés consciencieusement par leurs parents, Robert et Debbie, alors que je vivais et travaillais à Banff, en Alberta, dans les années 1980. J’ai vu Mark devenir un architecte exceptionnel et, à l’échelle nationale, un chef de file des pratiques de construction écologique. 

L’une des raisons pour lesquelles j’ai pensé à Mark pour une conversation consciente, c’est lorsqu’il m’a dit que sa génération était une génération “perdue” ou en transition à cause de la dette écologique différée. Cette idée m’a paru tragique mais vraie. J’ai été ravi qu’il accepte mon invitation à discuter avec moi pour explorer toute une série de questions liées à l’architecture et au design, notamment sa conception de l’”espoir” et l’émergence d’un nouvel ensemble de valeurs au sein de sa génération. 

J’ai apprécié notre conversation, dont voici un autre extrait: 

L’une des choses que je trouve très intéressantes dans mon processus de conception en tant qu’architecte est que si vous me montrez deux sites de construction possibles, l’un est un champ vert grand ouvert, sans rien qui influence vraiment le site plat, facile à construire, et puis vous me montrez un deuxième site qui est une paroi rocheuse abrupte avec une servitude que vous ne pouvez pas construire à travers. Inévitablement, il semble que le site présentant le plus de contraintes aboutisse à une solution plus intéressante et l’idée que les contraintes peuvent en fait être bénéfiques au processus créatif est une idée que je pense que vous pouvez appliquer à des choses qui, à première vue, semblent être des obstacles plutôt que des contraintes. Le capitalisme, sans doute, est l’un de ceux-là, si nous disons que nous ne pouvons pas le faire parce que ça coûte trop cher, nous le traitons comme une barrière, au lieu de dire que la solution doit être abordable, alors il devient une contrainte et nous pouvons pousser contre les contraintes et ce faisant, nous pouvons trouver des solutions créatives et ainsi de suite, une façon d’aller de l’avant, c’est d’essayer d’identifier ces choses qui, selon nous, nous empêchent de faire ce que nous savons que nous devons faire et de les intégrer dans notre processus comme des contraintes, qui influencent ce que nous faisons plutôt que de nous empêcher d’aller là où nous devons aller.

Cette conversation a été enregistré le 2 mai 2021, lors d’une longue marche depuis la maison de Mark à Ottawa, le long de pistes cyclables et dans l’Arboretum d’Ottawa.   

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

Je tiens à remercier Mark d’avoir pris le temps de me parler, d’avoir partagé ses connaissances approfondies de l’architecture verte, d’avoir été franc au sujet des défis auxquels nous sommes confrontés et d’avoir exprimé sa vision sur la façon d’aller de l’avant.  

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Mark, voir https://www.linkedin.com/in/marktrosen/  et https://www.webuildahome.ca/.

Liens

Discours sur la voiture autonome avec Tony Seba mentionné dans l’épisode : YouTube.

Le livre Climate Capitalism de Tom Rand : https://www.tomrand.net/  

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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: e41 rae

The thing about a preparedness mindset is that you are thinking into the future and so if one of those scenarios happens, you’ve already mentally prepared in some sort of way for it, so you’re not dealing with the shock. That’s a place as an artist that I feel has a lot of potential for engagement and for communication and bringing audiences along. When you’re talking about realities, accepting that reality, has the potential to push us to do other things. It’s great to hear about Canada Council changing different ways around enabling the arts and building capacity in the arts in the context of the climate emergency. It’ll be interesting to see how artists step up.

jen rae, conscient podcast, may 10, 2021, australia

Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher, facilitator and educator of Canadian Red River Métis-Scottish descent from Treaty 6 Territory. Her practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and environmental communication. It is centred around cultural responses to climate change/everything change – specifically the role of artists and creative inquiry. 

During her PhD, she worked for the Australian Collaboration synthesising IPCC reports and later the Climate Action Network, further noting the absence of creatives in the fields of climate change communication and advocacy. In 2015, Jen shifted focus to the climate emergency specifically on discourses around food futures [through Fair Share Fare], disaster preparedness and speculative futures predominantly articulated through multi-platform creative projects, research, facilitation, and community alliances. 

I first came across Jen Rae’s work through this lecture she gave at Concordia University: The role of artists in the climate emergency. I then started reading and viewing her extensive body of work on art and climate and invited her to share her knowledge and insights. 

As I did with all episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality in this episode. 

I would like to thank Jen for taking the time to speak with me and for sharing her deep knowledge of community art practices and experience in the emerging field of art and emergency preparedness.

Jen Rae lives, creates and works on the unceded traditional lands of the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Woi Wurrung, and Wathaurong people of the Kulin Nation and offer her deepest respect to their elders – past, present and emerging. 

For more information on Jen’s work, see https://www.jenraeis.com and http://www.fairsharefare.com/

Links to a selection of Jen’s work:

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e41 rae

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Ce qu’il y a de bien avec l’état d’esprit de préparation, c’est qu’on pense à l’avenir et que si l’un de ces scénarios se produit, on s’y est déjà préparé mentalement d’une certaine manière, ce qui fait qu’on n’a pas à subir le choc. En tant qu’artiste, je pense que c’est un endroit où il y a beaucoup de potentiel pour l’engagement, la communication et la participation du public. Quand on parle de réalités, accepter cette réalité peut nous pousser à faire d’autres choses. C’est formidable d’entendre que le Conseil des arts du Canada a changé sa façon d’aider les arts et de renforcer les capacités dans le domaine des arts dans le contexte de l’urgence climatique. Il sera intéressant de voir comment les artistes s’engagent.

jen rae, balado conscient, 10 mai 2021, australie

Le Dr Jen Rae est une artiste-chercheuse, animatrice et éducatrice basée à Narrm (Melbourne), d’origine canadienne, métisse de la rivière Rouge et écossaise du territoire du Traité n°6. Son expertise en matière de recherche dirigée par la pratique se situe dans le domaine discursif de l’art environnemental contemporain et de la communication environnementale. Elle est centrée sur les réponses culturelles au changement climatique/tout ce qui change – en particulier le rôle des artistes et la recherche créative. 

Au cours de son doctorat, elle a travaillé pour la Collaboration australienne qui synthétise les rapports du GIEC et, plus tard, pour le Réseau Action Climat, constatant encore une fois l’absence de créatifs dans les domaines de la communication et de la défense du changement climatique. En 2015, Jen Rae s’est concentrée sur l’urgence climatique, en particulier sur les discours relatifs à l’avenir de l’alimentation [par le biais de Fair Share Fare], à la préparation aux catastrophes et aux futurs spéculatifs, principalement articulés par le biais de projets créatifs multiplateformes, de la recherche, de la facilitation et des alliances communautaires. 

J’ai découvert le travail de Jen Rae par le biais de cette conférence qu’elle a donnée à l’Université Concordia : The role of artists in the climate emergency. J’ai ensuite commencé à lire et à visionner l’ensemble de son travail sur l’art et le climat et je l’ai invitée à partager ses connaissances et ses idées. 

Comme je l’ai fait pour tous les épisodes de cette saison, j’ai intégré des extraits d’épisodes précédents – dans ce cas, de e19 reality – dans cet épisode. 

Je tiens à remercier Jen d’avoir pris le temps de s’entretenir avec moi et de partager ses connaissances approfondies des pratiques d’art communautaire et son expérience dans le domaine émergent de l’art et de la préparation aux urgences.

Jen Rae vit, crée et travaille sur les terres traditionnelles non cédées des peuples Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Woi Wurrung et Wathaurong de la nation Kulin et offre son plus profond respect à leurs aînés – passés, présents et futurs. 

Pour plus d’informations sur le travail de Jen, voir https://www.jenraeis.com  et http://www.fairsharefare.com/ . 

Liens vers une sélection d’œuvres de Jen :

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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: e40 frasz

There is a lot of awareness and interest in making change and yet change still isn’t really happening, at least not at the pace or scale that we need. It feels to me increasingly like there’s not a lack of awareness, nor a lack of concern, or even a lack of willingness, but actually a lack of agency. I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of arts, and culture and creative practice in helping people not just wake up to the need for change, but actually undergo the entire transformational process from that moment of waking up (which you and I share a language around Buddhist practice). There’s that idea that you can wake up in an instant but integrating the awakeness into your daily life is actually a process. It’s an ongoing thing.

alexis frasz, conscient podcast, May 6, 2021, Oakland

Alexis Frasz is a researcher, writer, strategic thinker, program designer, and advisor to partners in culture, philanthropy, and the environmental sector working for transformative change and a just transition. Alexis believes in the need to build solidarity between artists and culture and broader movements working for racial, ecological, and economic justice. She is co-director of Helicon Collab, an Oakland based consultancy, where her focus is on the intersection of culture and the environment. Her perspectives on systems change draws on her artistic practices and diverse background in anthropology, Chinese Medicine, permaculture, and Buddhism. 

I first met Alexis at Creative Climate Leadership USA, a learning and leadership exchange focused on developing creative responses for a new climate future, that took place in March 2020. Alexis was a faculty member and advisor. Since then, we have been exchanging by email about community-engaged arts, Buddhism, leadership and more.  

I was honoured that Alexis accepted my invitation for a conscient conversation, which was recorded on May 6, 2021, remotely between my home in Ottawa and Alexis’ home in Oakland, California,  

As I did with all episodes this season, I have integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality in this episode. 

I would like to thank Alexis for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her deep knowledge of socially engaged arts, leadership, education and strategic thought.

For more information on Alexis’ work, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-frasz-59183a1/

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Il y a beaucoup de sensibilisation et d’intérêt pour le changement et pourtant le changement ne se produit toujours pas vraiment, du moins pas au rythme ou à l’échelle dont nous avons besoin. J’ai de plus en plus l’impression qu’il ne s’agit pas d’un manque de sensibilisation, ni d’un manque d’intérêt, ni même d’un manque de volonté, mais plutôt d’un manque d’action. J’ai beaucoup réfléchi au rôle des arts, de la culture et des pratiques créatives pour aider les gens à ne non seulement se contenter de s’éveiller à la nécessité du changement, mais à subir tout le processus de transformation à partir de ce moment d’éveil (dont toi et moi partageons le langage autour de la pratique bouddhiste). Il y a cette idée que l’on peut se réveiller en un instant, mais de savoir comment intégrer cette prise de conscience dans nos vies quotidiennes est en fait un processus. C’est un processus continu.

alexis frasz, balado conscient, 6 mai 2021, Oakland, Californie

Alexis Frasz est chercheur, écrivaine, conseillère stratégique, conceptrice de programmes et conseillère pour les partenaires de la culture, de la philanthropie et du secteur environnemental qui œuvrent pour un changement transformateur et une transition juste. Alexis croit en la nécessité de construire une solidarité entre les artistes et la culture et les mouvements plus larges travaillant pour la justice raciale, écologique et économique. Elle est co-directrice de Helicon Collab, un cabinet de conseil basé à Oakland, où elle se concentre sur l’intersection de la culture et de l’environnement. Son point de vue sur le changement des systèmes s’inspire de ses pratiques artistiques et de son expérience diversifiée en anthropologie, en médecine chinoise, en permaculture et en bouddhisme. 

J’ai rencontré Alexis pour la première fois lors du Creative Climate Leadership USA, un échange d’apprentissage et de leadership axé sur le développement de réponses créatives pour un nouvel avenir climatique, qui a eu lieu en mars 2020. Alexis était membre du corps enseignant et une conseillère. Depuis lors, nous avons échangé par courriel sur les arts engagés dans la communauté, le bouddhisme, le leadership et bien d’autres choses encore.  

J’ai été honoré qu’Alexis accepte mon invitation à avoir une conversation sur le balado conscient., qui a été enregistrée le 6 mai 2021, à distance, entre mon domicile à Ottawa et celui d’Alexis à Oakland, en Californie,  

Comme je l’ai fait pour tous les épisodes de cette saison, j’ai intégré des extraits d’épisodes précédents dans ce cas, de la e19 reality dans cet épisode. 

Je tiens à remercier Alexis d’avoir pris le temps de me parler, de partager sa profonde connaissance des arts engagés socialement, du leadership, de l’éducation et de la réflexion stratégique.

Pour en savoir plus sur le travail d’Alexis, consultez https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-frasz-59183a1/.

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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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