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Transition Anxiety and the Art/Work of Harm Reduction

March 29, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


This workshop is a space to question our melancholic attachments to fossil fuels and the versions of colonial modernity that they underwrite. When we avoid or deny these attachments, we advertently or inadvertently resist transition and transformation. As the damages of greenhouse gas emissions worsen, these emotional and psychological delays alongside socio-political ones exacerbate harm.

During this workshop, you will be invited to confront the anxieties this transition entails, and the sense of apprehension and preparatory grief of the loss of stability and certainty that coincides with the unravelling of colonial modernity, the social systems that uphold it, and the ecologies with which we are entangled.

We will play with Zoe Todd’s provocation of fossil fuels as a queer kind of kin. We will also experiment with embodied practices designed to help us expand our capacity to hold space for the painful realities of climate breakdown and related social and ecological collapse, and to breathe into the eco-anxiety and climate despair already triggered in so many of us that diminishes our capacity to respond.

Please join us if you are interested in deepening your understanding of our entanglement within these systems, and offering support for a community of co-investigators in the processes of unnumbing, engaging with difficult truths, and letting go.

Participants are invited to wear clothing that enables gentle movement exercises. Space is limited to 20 participants, registration is required.

This workshop is part of a series of 6 Artistic Practice Immersion Sessions for nurturing intellectual and relational stamina in the context of the Climate and Nature Emergency.