‘Seeing’ and ‘Feeling’ Future Climate Through the Eyes of Climate Experts and Artists
We invite you to participate in a unique, immersive, experiential research lab held online, focusing on climate change, sea level rise, and the future climate.
We are extending this invitation to a small group of climate experts and would like YOU to be one of them!
Next online Climate Lab
28th Sep & 26th Oct 2023, 7am – 1pm (UK Time)
Final gathering and ‘private view’ of creative responses:
Dec 7th 2023, 9am-12noon (UK Time)
All sessions are online using Zoom and include breaks.
Climate Lab is run in English.
Please note: This is a three-stage process so please ensure you are free to attend all dates.
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The data which is central to this lab will be you!
The focus will be your work, your stories, your responses – especially how you ‘see,’ and what you ‘feel’ about the work you are undertaking and the climate research you are involved in.
Not like other Zooms
Global Climate Lab will run online using Zoom. But we promise this will not be zoom as you know it – this will be a unique online space to connect with other climate-related researchers and artists to witness emotions, create art, and imagine the future – its purpose? To unleash resilience and change in support of life on Earth.
“No one talks about climate (or ecological) crises in my department – not in work time, not at work meetings. Let alone their feelings. It’s an extraordinary taboo. I am always thinking about it, yet never feel ‘allowed’ to mention it.”
This project is radical and transformative in directly challenging this taboo. Ignoring emotion in climate science impedes communication with a profound impact on our ability to act in the face of climate change; acknowledging it changes everything.
Scientists are traditionally expected to view the world through the lens of the scientific method with its requirements for objectivity, repeatability, and logic; we communicate via a precise language of data, graphs, and models. Most also undertake public engagement interpreting our knowledge for a general audience and policymakers. And yet, emissions continue to rise.
To address the climate emergency we must all, including scientists, fundamentally recast ourselves as agents of change.
It is clear a completely different approach and way of communicating within and beyond the scientific community is necessary to catalyse the systemic change we need.
A fundamental shift in dialogue, narrative and language is required across all aspects of science, society, and economy. We believe this can be catalysed by a new conversation where expert scientists and engineers step “outside of the box” of the scientific method and describe how they “feel” about climate change.
In this radical new process we become expert witnesses to one another’s deeply held emotions and thus communicate and connect at a visceral level. Emerging research highlights the value of stories, human connection, community and belonging in facilitating climate action.
“Really intense conversations that I’ve never had before and a safe and supportive environment for those conversations and realisations”
“Space to slow down and voice these feelings.”
“The space and time to make genuine honest connections with other people.”
What part do the artists play in the process?
The power of creativity and the imagination is central to Global Climate Lab. As part of Climate Lab participants will work with and meet artists working internationally on climate and related issues.
Climate Lab Artists act as catalysts, documenters, interrogators, disrupters of the old and harbingers of new stories of change.
The guest artists participate alongside the scientists and are invited to offer ‘creative responses’ in their chosen medium, whether using writing, video, sound installation, performance, or visual art. These responses will be presented and then refined throughout the process, creating a future living legacy which captures and represents the output of the process.
At the end of Climate Lab, each artist’s creative response will be shareable with a wider public with the aim of widening the climate conversation and accelerating processes of change.
An image from “Blueprints” by Emily Hinshelwood, artwork co-produced using scientists’ words on their feelings about climate change.
Who are the Guest Artists?
Christine Kettaneh; Lebanese artist based in Beirut. She investigates the boundaries of language and systems in research-based work that are simultaneously sculptural and performative.
Marega Palser; Performance artist living in Newport, South Wales, UK. Works at the confluence of live art, music, film, performance, site specific, grassroots and ritual.
“I found a connection between the process of science and the process of art. The process itself has been artistic.”
Who are the Designers/Facilitators?
Global Climate Lab is designed and facilitated by Fern Smith and Marega Palser of Emergence, a network of artists and innovators working to create ‘space for transformation’ and ‘conditions for dialogue’ working with the core issues of our lives and times.
Emergence has designed and facilitated spaces for the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Arts Council of Wales and Centre for Alternative Technology.
“A wise, caring space.”
“Excellent facilitation, wonderful group of people. Thank you”
“I’ve been humbled by the energy, commitment and passion people brought to this process.”
Interested in joining the next Climate Lab?
RSVP as soon as possible to email@example.com
Global Climate Lab is made possible by funding from MASI – the Morgan Advanced Studies Institute at Swansea University.
Global Climate Lab has received ethics approval from Swansea University.