Malene Lundèn and Soren Hermansen of the energy academy are embarking on a journey to Japan in order to speak at a number of locations including the Kitakata City Hall, NIgata Public Library, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Osaka University, Kanazawa Museum of Contemporary Art, and Tokuyama High School. These conferences are conducted alongside Kyoen Sakamoto (Calligrapher) “When I perform my calligraphy, I completely empty myself,”
“It’s about not thinking about anything and giving way to innocence. Then the art becomes its best It’s very clear when I think too much. Then the symbols will not be good. It’s the emptiness; it’s about overcoming the intention. Being able to stand the moment the ink hits the paper. Ink is honest.”
Oriza Hirata (Playwright, director, and professor), Yauemon Sato (president of Aizu power plant), Sakamoto Kyoen (Calligrapher) and more. These conferences discussing various topics including Independence from the energy and cultural viewpoint, lessons of public space and dialogue will be used as a tool for the Japanese people to make positive changes in their own island.
The objective of this conference is to discuss and develop ways to implement the 17 UN sustainability goal. These goals are no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry/innovation/infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace/justice/strong institutions, partnerships for the goals.
This recent conference came about as a follow-up to the 2015 conference in Aahrus where ambassadors from Japan came to Denmark to utilize art and conversation to foster positive change. The bridging of the japanese art of calligraphy and these sustainable goals came together in harmony to help focus towards specific action and steps towards a better future.