Nov 28: Re-Emergence/ Emergency Walk: On Art, Imagination, Moving Darkness, Moving Light

November 28 kl. 09.15-12.00: 21st Century Cave-Painting: On Art, Imagination, Moving Darkness, Moving Light

When: Thursday November 28 at 09.15-12.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

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Paleolithic cave painting of bisons (replica) from the Altamira cave, Cantabria, Spain, painted c. 20,000 years ago (Solutrean). Photo by: Thom Quine. CC BY-SA 2.0

Questions and framing
If we submerge ourselves underground into a world of shadows and flickering lights what will we sense and see? What will make it/her/him-self seen and sensed? In these times of death, destruction, love and fighting ours and others lives, what moves and stirs us into action? What is significant in a time that devalues life? What do we want make eternal on ancient rock walls? What stories do we want to send into the future beyond our own human lives? How can art, imagination, stories radically change us, society and the world?


The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 09.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 09.15). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire and cave-paint on an actual rock wall. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and warm shoes that can withstand some painting.


Background-video/presentation and starting points

At every level the greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different.Roberto Unger

“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” by Werner Herzog (in English, subtitles in Spanish), read the Guardian review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams – review.

Read more about Genevieve von Petzinger’s work at TED Talks, Facebook and about her book The First Signs.

CEMUS and the Climate Change Leadership node invite you to a series of re-emergence, emergency walks to explore issues, questions and unknowns central to our ability to re-imagine and re-shape human societies and culture.


We as human beings, educators, researchers and universities are failing in bringing about meaningful and radical (to the root causes) change – a systemic change of systems that are destroying human and more-than-human worlds.

We need to explore and rediscover old ideas and ways of organising resistance, and build new spaces that can survive the present-future destruction and madness.

The idea is also built on and inspired by the botanical walks – Herbationes Upsalienses – that Linnaeus did around Uppsala during the 18th century, read more here: The Linnaeus Trails.

The concept is simple: before the actual walking discussion you can watch a background-video or presentation or movie/audio that aims to provoke and inspire some initial thoughts, feeling on the topic being discussed. Then we gather, walk somewhere out of the city or to a certain destination; engage in dialogue, disagreement, discussion two and two (paths are narrow); find a space for fika and further discussion (sometimes around a fire); then walk back and have a conversation with someone new.

» Click to suggest a theme, questions to explore for the walks 2019-2020