Countdown to Green Embassy May 25: when the choice of climate syndrome becomes an aesthetic expression
On the occasion of the Green Embassy as the Samsø Energy Academy in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate and Energy and State of Green, at KLUB in Copenhagen on May 25, we bring here the Academy’s brand new newsletter in fragments, which, like the embassy, look at the role of civil society in the future climate council.
In the newsletter we asked Professor Frede Hvelplund, former climate commissioner and chairman of Concito Connie Hedegaard, artist and student Madeleine Kate McGowan and associate professor at DTU John Holten Andersen to relate to the civil society’s voice.
In this third part, we meet the young generation who relate to the climate act through art:
I am always thirsty at the falafel bar
I refuse to buy water bottles and I must not get tap water.
Then I stood by the box with a zucchini in my hand,
only me and you, it and me
but I didn’t feel it
for it was wrapped in plastic
green skin my skin
I asked the boy
Who are you protecting us from?
Excerpt from Underfalls tale in collective tone of Other Story and Goodiepal & Pals, read during an action at Charlottenborg March 2018
On March 23, 2018, Madeleine Kate McGowan entered the stage in Kunsthal Charlottenborg and read from the poem Undergangsfortælling in collective tone. It was during Cph: Dox, and she was not alone: around her stood the artist community Goodiepal & Pals and colleagues from the film project Other Story, which was also shown at the festival, and during the reading they all moved around among the audience and interacted with the audience. Together, in the weeks before, they had worked on the story by logging onto the document everywhere in the world and writing about the anxiety, anger and frustration of the climate and refugee situation that characterize their everyday lives:
“The Other Story working group was created to inspire and because the media does not live up to their task of telling constructively about the world we live in. Instead, they merely show views that oppose and conflict. Other Story organizes itself in travel groups that travel around the world. When we then prepare an action, we are therefore happy to gather online, where we write directly in a common google document, which is then read out when we meet for the action, ”says Madeleine Kate.
She reads art history, IT design and writes a thesis on climate narratives. But Madeleine Kate is also a good example of the artistic commitment that John Holten-Andersen calls for, and the different way some young people today choose to organize themselves activist:
“We all know we are all hypocrites – no one can live a” clean “climate of life, so we need to show our vulnerability by making performances and activism that creates empathy, involves and shows respect. Artistic we examine the expression of the limitation, because what happens when one must not fly but must take the train around the world when one must not eat meat and when one stands and lectures, but has to go earlier because one does not drive but to reach the bus home? There is an interesting potential in the spatial things that happen when one can no longer follow his desire. And in this way, you transform the uncomfortable renunciation from climate sin into something positive, ”she concludes.
Photo credit for main illustration: pictures of Other Story’s work, taken from the website.