Inspired by the work of adrienne marie brown and Walidah Imarisha, Dreaming Climate Consciousness is a facilitated, six-day workshop, currently held online, where participants work in creative collaboration to make science fiction narratives that exist in dialogue with conversations about the unfolding realities of climate change.
If you enjoy science fiction and are interested in dreaming of new, just worlds through imaginative frameworks, definitely consider applying for the next round.
No writing or artistic experience is necessary!
Evan’s facilitation style is remarkably respectful and gentle, and creates a really safe space to contribute ideas freely.
Evan Medd (he/they) is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist based in both Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
His practice primarily focuses on intensive dramaturgical strategizing of process design, community engaged art that intersects with environmental dialogues, and collaborative new play development and production with his Calgary company the Major Matt Mason Collective. A BFA graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Performance Creation program, Evan is passionate about how dramaturgical practice can intersect with community from differing perspectives and how interdisciplinary performance can integrate environmental dialogues from unexpected sources.
For the past few summers Evan has been working in Prince Edward Island on a piece called The River Clyde Pageant, an outdoor spectacle that celebrates community while drawing attention to the impact of climate change on PEI’s waterways and ecosystems. RCP commits to community engaged practice that integrates rural communities in the creation of a large performance work that explores varied art forms such as theatre, dance, visual art, music and puppetry.
Evan has also recently been adapting and performing in Re:Current Theatre’s New Societies, an interactive game where participants form small communities to rebuild society from scratch in a hypothetical scenario where Earth has been destroyed. A member of The Only Animal’s Artist Brigade, Evan is passionate about finding meaningful ways to engage people with the climate crisis through the act of making art that connects from the heart.
Evan would like to thank the International Centre of Art for Social Change’s FUTURES/forward Mentorship Program for supporting them in building the DCC pilot project.
Also, Evan has endless gratitude for Dr. David Diamond, without whom this initiative would not exist.
I now feel more creative and empowered to take on new solutions, different solutions, challenging and non-conventional solutions: in a changing climate, we need everyone, everywhere, doing everything!
Science fiction is not a "practical" answer to climate change, but it is an inspiration to start to create practical solutions. We are allowed to imagine a future where we have fixed or can fix our mistakes.
The experience really expanded my imagination of what climate change and system transformation might look like.
This process has been at once therapeutic and energizing. I learned a great deal from each stage of the process.
Being challenged to think, write, and most importantly talk and collaborate within a sci-fi lens really unlocked something for me.
The whole experience was cathartic. Instead of being paralyzed by climate-grief, we were able to channel those fears and concerns through a creative medium.
Regardless of what the world throws at us, we are routinely asked to get creative and collaborate with others. I will remember the "Dreaming Climate Consciousness" process every time I am on a team.
For me, personally, this process was really helpful in showing me how I can start incorporating climate activism into my work.
The focus on process over product in this workshop is especially helpful, and gives participants the chance to really sit with and have thoughtful discussions about climate change.