On the Low Carbon Design Institute Residency

Really invigorating to be an artist in residence at the Low Carbon Design Institute 2021: gently powerful creative thinkers innovating change.

Low Carbon Design Institute

Response: The way forward appears to be circular: loops, bubbles and circles. And friction, which need not be not fun: ruptures can lead to better circles. Dead ends are the problem. Rethink everything. Make everything green. It may feel disorientating, embrace it, reshape, redefine. Energy, power, economics, media, tech drives change. Hearts and minds care about community and support. Fear, nurturing, empathy for the suffering, positive energy for greener change. Uselessness is a sign, a call to action, get to the system and change. It will change without you, so take a bit of power to protect what you value. Then loop round and do it again until there are swirling circles looping in 3D luminescent bubbles all around. Is that why stonehenge is a closed circle? Have we been telling ourselves this before?

My individual action feels useless against the huge climate, but scale up to species level and 1 billion human actions has impact. Good or bad, our individual choice, for now. Choice, if we want to claim it, is in the balance, if we change ecology, ecology will be changed. We can’t expect to continue as we are, but we can make a choice to continue what we want, and reverse the harm. Even if just in stupid little ways.

World News at Noon

Launch date: 21st June, 2021, noon (ongoing)

Next broadcast: 21 July 2021 noon (UK) see live feed here.

In this solar powered bulletin*, an update on human data is given to the Earth’s networks. Available in real time at noon (UK time). (*Live broadcast transmission may fail on cloudy days.)

In association with the Low Carbon Design Institute residency 2021:

“The Earth cannot talk” Ross Atkin

“Systems affect you, human and non-human….visible, hidden or invisible powers” Dr O G

“The average citizen thinks government will take care of it.” Adam Hardy, carboncounts.com

“Its easy to feel overwhelmed by something as big as climate” Luke Nicholson

“Reject boundaries – reuse, repurpose, reform” Simone Ferracina

“We are rethinking everything” Debby Ray

How can we reduce internet carbon use? Michelle Thorne

Liberation not limitation.

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Hope (We want it back) 2021

Hope (We want it back), Shirley Renwick, Installation, paper. The Safe House, London, June 22-29 2021

25,002 tissue paper confetti pieces, dropped on the threshold of The Safe House, London.

First Impressions Exhibition,

The Safe House, London, SE15 3SN.

22-27 June, 2021

Confetti – a ritual object with myth attached, contains traces of celebration, love, joy, union, togetherness; A fragile tissue of pastel circles.

Hope – strong, fragile, seductive, contagious, vulnerable, optimistic, possibilities, unlimited.

*https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/violence-against-women-femicide-census/

UN figures show that 137 women across the world are killed every day by a partner or member of their own family – a total of 50,000 women a year murdered by people they know and should be able to trust.

https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action

MYTHICAL FOOD: Make your own Himalyan Rock Salt Recipe Card

Make your own fake food: Himalayan rock salt

In collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Gastronomy https://genomicgastronomy.com/about/

Ingredients:

Salt (any type, at least 180 miles from Himalayas)
Underpaid worker to mine (home carer would do)
Explosives, hand tools (do not use machines)
Rock (local stone)
Water (local tap)

Method:
Mix salt in water until it does not dilute any more.
If rock is too large to carry, place explosive in a drilled hole first.
Pour mixture over rock (mimic rock in sea)
Wait a few days (for human-made sea water to dehydrate away)
Chip away crystals and package (preferably in plastic)
Ship around the world (before consuming)


TIP: You may need to prevent local animal from licking stone