Welcome to Art at the End of the World club!
When: Fridays December 8th & January 19th. 11.30-13.30
Where: CEMUS Library, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16
No registration needed
More information: contact enki.simmons[a]cemus.uu.se
Ice has become a central narrative of climate change. We hear scientists talk about it all the time: receding ice sheets, melting glaciers, and the rising sea levels that come as a result. Or perhaps friends and family have told us memories of ice skating on lakes and ponds that never freeze anymore, or mountains that no longer see snow. But what about the ice itself? Still and silent, creaking and crashing, ancient and fresh, ice has many of its own stories to tell.
Please bring warm clothes, as we may go outside for a short while!
AEW club is a fortnightly, interdisciplinary gathering for anyone who wants to creatively explore humans-with-nature in our changing (ending?) world. Each month has an ecological theme to guide the two sessions. During sessions we create art inspired by materials on the subject, then we share and respond to each other’s work. Any art medium (visual, poetry, film, music etc) and any level of experience is welcome. You are also free to attend any session, even if you have not come previously.
During these sessions we are keen to create a safe space for exploring what can be difficult subjects. Creating with and around nature can be a joyful and comforting experience, yet we must be mindful of the times we live in. Therefore, we aim to cultivate a supportive and emotionally open space where it is possible for people to express eco-grief and anxiety through creativity, while leaving room for hope. Your work does not have to be about the end of the world!
Inspirational materials on the month’s theme will be available during the sessions and can also be found at the following links:
- Library of Ice by Naomi Campbell (non-fiction, autobiography, travel writing. Available in UU library)
- The Singing Glaciers of Svalbard by Sam Kinchin-Smith (essay)
- Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson (land art, sculpture)
- Candle Ice by Carmen Braden (sound art, music)
- Evaporation by Jana Winderen (sound art)
- Antarctica the Woman by Stephanie Krzywonos (essay)
- Voice of the Iceberg by Joseph Michael (audio documentary)