Collapse Art Call

“Historians have long noted that civilizations appear to pass through cycles of expansion and decline. Underlying the factors that appear to contribute to the collapse of civilizations, there may be a deeper dynamic: the relationship between the ability of a society to solve problems and the amount of energy it has available to do work. Unfortunately, most energy production activities are subject to the law of diminishing returns. At what stage in the cycle of expansion and decline
might our own civilization find itself today?”
– Richard Heinberg

You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call Collapse open until October 31st, 2021. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project based on Instagram that invites the community to respond to a monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. For each art call an online exhibition is published on What’s Net for Earth website. A selection of the contributions is also published on the MAHB Arts Community Page.

In 2021, What’s Next for Earth proposes to go through The Post Carbon Institute’s FREE online course THINK RESILIENCE, one lesson at a time. Please sign up at education.resilience.org (it’s easy!) – Each lesson is short and gives an excellent overview of the topic.

Think Resilience / Please watch:
– the introductory video (lesson 1)
CHAPTER ONE – Our converging Crisis
– Energy, (lesson 2)
– Population and Consumption (lesson 3).
– Depletion (lesson 4)
– Pollution (Lesson 5)
CHAPTER TWO – The Roots and Results of Our Crises
Political & Economic Management (Social Structure) (lesson 6)
Belief Systems (Lesson 7)
– Biodiversity (lesson 8)
– Collapse (lesson 9)

PLEASE READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO HERE if you do not get the chance to watch it.

Think Resilience Course

“Acting without this understanding
is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”

Richard Heinberg

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?

Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

How to participate in the Art Call

1. Create your piece using any format/technique you wish. 

2. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: title, technique, and size, the relationship with the theme. 

Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description
#Collapseartcall
@WhatsNextForEarth
@mahbglobal
@postcarboninstitute
#extractionart
#mahbstanfordarts
#WhatsNextForEarth
#ecoart
#artactivism
#humanpredicament
#mahbartscommunity
#anthropocene
#climateemergency
#climatechange
#codered
#UprootTheSystem

Follow What’s Next for Earth on Instagram!

What’s Next for Earth is a project created in April 2020 by Michele Guieu, eco-artist, art educator, and MAHB Arts Coordinator. If you have any questions about the project or this art call, please send a message to michele@mahbonline.org