Cultural Programmes

Using a praxis of cultural programming underpinned by a performative approach, I develop artistic eco-social engagements with communities by deploying their own embodied, practical knowledges. Eco-mindfulness projects co-create sustainable, meaningful futures that convey mutuality, like-mindedness and kinship to reconnect the environment and humans in a social context that transforms the public's perception of ecology.

Meeting Ground 2019

Meeting Ground 2019 records and communicates the embodied knowledge of islanders in the Outer Hebrides (UK) undertaking mitigating climate change actions through developing local food growing hubs. Activation is achieved through a myriad of deeds and interconnections instituted by each micro-community. The visual record of Meeting Ground supported the participants to see the lived performative acts they had undertaken as essential and transformative.

Meeting Ground, 2019  (HDV: 16:15) presents the culmination of the resourceful actions of six separate micro-communities who took up the opportunity to create localised food-growing hubs as part of a carbon emissions mitigation strategy. The video's aesthetic seeks to communicate the spontaneity and non-directed actions undertaken by these groups, presenting the complexity of experiences intrinsic to each micro-community.

This approach captures the liberated agency of each group in terms of how they took action together, in charge of their own legacy, and in the context of their own territories: that is, within their own identity, community, dominion, control, land, knowledge, activity, and experience. Here, mutuality, like-mindedness, and kinship are presented as vital components in establishing new ways to address the contemporary ecological crisis in a manner that is reciprocally beneficial.

 © 2020 by Laura Donkers

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