Innovative 6-week online ‘Ecoliteracy course for Creatives and Art Educators’–seen as a success on Earth Day 2020

This post is from my Haumea Ecoliteracy for the Arts site from a few weeks ago: I have been so busy the last few months in launching my first pilot online course. As I’m just about to launch my next pilot course I thought my followers would like to hear how it went.

cathy Fitzgerald | Haumea | Ecoliteracy for the arts

ABOVE: ‘The Rapunzel Tree’ – new painting courtesy of Irish artist Rachel Webb, April 2020

In this planetary pause, there is more awareness that we need to live well with the Earth’s wider community of life. Creative practices–informed by ecoliteracy (ecological knowledge)–will have important social power to invite society to reflect and reimagine the better world we know is possible. Cathy Fitzgerald PhD., launched an innovative 6-week online ecoliteracy course for creatives that coincided with the pandemic. She reflects now that an accessible and engaging ecoliteracy education for our art sector shouldn’t cost the Earth.


“Today, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and I’m hosting the final live Zoom meeting of my pilot 6-week ecoliteracy for creatives course. My course has been timely–I have found a relatively low-cost means to share my eco-social art practice experience and knowledge of advances in the art and ecology area in an…

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Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Goodbye Anthropocene - Hello Symbiocene at Trinity College Dublin Update Sept 2019 delighted to announce my article will be re-published in the source book “Plasticity - the global reader” (working title) being published in coming winter 2019 by Centre for Contemporary Art U-jazdowski Castle in Warsaw. The editorial ambition is to present the idea of…Read more Symbiocene Art for the Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Ar scáth a chéile… Living in harmony

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I have had a tremendous response, over 500 visitors, looking at my article and podcast on saying “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” that I posted on Monday. Glenn Albrecht’s in-depth but very accessible ideas, in his new book ‘Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World’ (2019), that map the atrocities of the Anthropocene to a more harmonious future where we prioritise the thriving of all beings -the Symbiocene, seems to have struck a chord with many.

Today, I was particularly excited that another Irish artist I know has a keen sense of the Symbiocene in his backyard. Eoin is an old friend of mine, we both were in the same painting class at the National College of Art and Design many years ago. We were delighted to find we will be co-exhibiting at a small exhibition organised by Imelda Healy, that is running alongside a conference ‘Art in the Anthropocene’ being held in Trinity College, 7-9 June 2019. I am fortunate to be giving my talk again “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” on Friday 7th June, Session 1.2.2: Eco-social Responses to the Anthropocene Session Convenor: Yvonne Scott, Chair: TBA, Time: 13.45 – 15.15 Venue: Beckett Theatre, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. See the full programme here https://artintheanthropocene.com/call-for-proposals/

Back to Eoin’s post below: I thought Hollywood was doing well with a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting lately, but look at the furry, delightful neighbours that Eoin has at his home in suburban Dublin. Eoin speaks Gaeilge so his post is first in Irish, then English – enjoy!

And if you like the idea of the Symbiocene, do let me know your thoughts below.

 


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Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Scroll down for the English language version – and there’s also a foxy video below, for your delectation.

Sé mhí ó shin chuala mé sionnach i gcoim na h-oíche. Screadach uaigneach dodhearmadta ar nós bean sí, is dócha, a bhí ann. (Níor chuala mé bean sí riamh).

Anois is arís feicimid sionnaigh sa cheantar agus muid ag siúl san oíche ach níor chuala mé ceann chomh ghar dúinn roimhe seo. Tá na gairdíní in aice linn fiáin go maith agus na sceacha ag scaipeadh isteach orainne. An fheadar an raibh an sionnach ina chónaí sa bhfiántas sin, i ngan fhios dúinn?

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Chuaigh an t-am thart agus tháinig an t-earrach. Bhí na laethanta ag dul chun síneadh. Bhí an lon dubh ag canadh ag titim na h-oíche. Bhí sé níos gile sa ghairdín anois. Oíche amháin thug mé faoi dearadh go raibh rud eicint ag corraí sa ghairdín. Bhí sionnach ina…

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