Participatory Workshop offline or online, 1.30 to 4 hours
In th is participatory workshop, we get to familiarise ourselves with different types of sustainability measures (mitigation, adaptation and transformation) in order to reconsider and unlearn how we perceive what is unsustainable in the arts.
On that basis, we can imagine in small groups (4 to 5 people) transformative socio-ecological proposals for the cultural sector.
And dream together about a sustainable and environmental-friendly arts ecosystem by 2050.
The workshop begins by inviting participants to share their visions of the future via a floor map of the future. This ice-breaker exercise allows us to get to know each other while discovering the diversity of visions of the future present in the group.
Part 1 : « State of the arts: culture and sustainability today »
We then start by identifying together the most common sustainability measures in the cultural sector, and analyse their advantages and disadvantages for different cultural actors (artists, institutions).
Here it is useful to introduce a distinction between sustainability measures addressing the consequences (e.g. mitigation of CO2 emissions) or the causes (e.g. organisational forms, cultural economy, values, ...) of the ecological and climate crisis. The former correspond to an incremental mitigation and adaptation to the effects of the climate and ecological crisis; the latter to a deeper socio-ecological adaptation and transformation of the cultural ecosystem.
To take an iconic example, we need ask ourselves not: "How can we fly less?" but rather: "Why do we fly?" (what organisational forms, cultural economy, values, etc. lie behind our mobility practices).
Working on these root causes help us reconsider and expand our understanding of unsustainable practices in the arts, some of which have been revealed and reinforced by the pandemic (i.e. socio-economic sustainability).
Part 2 « The cultural sector in 2050: imagining transformative proposals »
In order to translate these reflections into concrete proposals, participants are invited to imagine in small groups cultural formats/intervention, practices, and forms of organisation that are transformative in their perspective. Finally, we exchange and dream together about a sustainable and environmental-friendly arts ecosystem by 2050.
· Introduction: o Presentations & ice-breaker: map on the floor 25 min (empty space in the room) · Part 1 : « State of the arts: culture and sustainability today »: o Identification and analysis of sustainability measures in the arts
50 min (plenary + small group work + plenary) · Break 15 min (count 20 min) · Part 2 « The cultural sector in 2040: imagining transformative proposals »: o Typology of sustainability measures (mitigation, adaptation and transformation)
10 min (plenum) o Transformative and sustainable proposals for the arts
40 min (small group work) o Sharing and analysis of results, conclusions
40 min (plenary)
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