Hunt out wild flowers,
reach out, not to pick them
but as an offer of intimacy.
don’t put your ear
to the ground to listen
for sap or soil, instead
tune into the words
written between the lines –
visible in the way bluebell,
pink campion, stitchwort
offer up their secrets,
have made themselves
pale and dark greens.
This is an offering –
last chance to hear
this moment’s prayer.
Veronica Aaronson, from Nothing about the birds is ordinary this morning (Indigo Dreams, 2019)
The Living Library is a conversational space that takes place in the intersection between fiction, action and research. Over a series of three online sessions facilitated by Pernilla Glaser, academics, activists and artists will gather to share understandings of climate justice, unpacking the scheduled themes of knowledge, listening and action.
The Living Library is a Talk Up. You are invited to listen to a conversation between a group with various practices of knowledge. The conversation is followed by a participatory space where you reflect with other participants.
Registration is free and you are welcome to attend all three conversations or any of your own choosing. Please note, you only need to register once.
In this second session of The Living Library we will be exploring the dynamic of listening as a tool for transformation, raising questions such as:
The Living Library is a collaboration between the following organisations: Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Uppsala konstmuseum and Mistra Environmental Communication
Michele-Lee Moore | Researcher | Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Michele-Lee Moore’s research focus is on social innovations and transformations. She seeks to build and mobilize knowledge about social innovations – ones that allow us to transform and build positive paths towards social-ecological-cultural resilience. Primarily, she has focused on topics of transnational and local water governance, social innovation, and transformation. Beyond her water governance research, she also collaborates with scholars to examine case studies in other domains to gain insights on social innovation and transformation. Throughout this work, Moore remains deeply committed to growing her own knowledge about decolonization, two-eyed seeing methodologies, and developing her capacity for understanding and implementing, both truth and reconciliation.
Learn more about Michele-Lee and her work here:
Heralding from São Paulo, Brazil, Maria Thereza Alves has worked and exhibited internationally since the 1980s, creating a body of work investigating the histories and circumstances of particular localities to give witness to silenced histories. Her projects are researched-based and develop out of her interactions with the physical and social environments of the places she lives, or visits for exhibitions and residencies. These projects begin in response to local needs and proceed through a process of dialogue that is often facilitated between material and environmental realities and social circumstances. While aware of Western binaries between nature and culture, art and politics, or art and daily life, she deliberately refuses to acknowledge them in her practice. She chooses instead to work with people in communities as equals through relational practices of collaboration that require constant movement across all of these boundaries.
Learn more about Maria and her work here:
Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary practice deals with poetry, ecology, artificial intelligence, sentience, interspecies communication and narrative structures. Recent projects include Astroecology which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall, and New New Hampshire & Clouds (for the Momentum biennial, hybrid installation/publication). He has published four music albums, recently Takträdgårdar (OEI) and System (Irrlicht), and seven digital works of poetry and visual art.
Learn more about Johannes and his work here:
Rebecca Vinthagen | Researcher and Facilitator
Rebecca Vinthagen is a lecturer, method developer and process leader within issues related to organizational development, leadership and artistic staging. Her educational background is within political science, gender studies, leadership and cultural production.
Rebecca is the author of the concept of norm-creative, and the book of the same name. Norm-creativity is a playful, compassionate and visionary method to explore how to translate theories around human rights and environmental issues into concrete and creative practice.
She is also a teacher with a focus on norm creative perspectives in artistic processes and has been part of developing a Master’s course in Visual Communication at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and design.
Rebecca is the initiator of the app “Micro Action Movement – Everyday actions to change the world (M.A.M)”. M.A.M. is a collaboration with NGOs, social justice groups and artists who contribute suggestions of everyday “micro-actions” to change the world into a kinder and more sustainable place.
David Bohm on Dialogue
Susan Bickford on The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict and Citizenship