Sunlight Doesn't Need a Pipeline
curator I festival + plan I 2022 I Stanley Picker Gallery
We Are Climate is a project that takes Stanley Picker Gallery (SPG) on a journey of holistic and just socio-energy transition. Through artistic research, critical making, organising and consensus building the project works with artists, researchers, local communities and students, both locally and internationally, to collaborate on a public transition plan and dawn-to-dusk festival that 'gives more than it takes'.
Increasingly, the question isn’t whether the earth will decarbonise but to what extent and how. Against the continuums of extraction, capitalism and (slow) violence, a long and difficult age of repair lies ahead. What will a just and democratic energy transition in the arts look like? How can communities be part of larger decision-making practices about energy and carbon? And, can the distributed violence brought about by petroculture's grip on the planet be replaced with more equitable futures?
We Are Climate argues that climate is not just an independent, natural phenomenon that occurs outside of us in the world, but it is a part of an interconnected mutuality and network of influences that together create an entire people’s attitudes and values. If we take seriously the idea that ‘we’ are climate, facing the present climate emergency is not something that can be ‘fixed’ through degrowth and drawdown alone but might be thought of as part of a set of collective debts that we owe ourselves, each other and every living thing. From this perspective, creating a just energy transition isn’t solely about building fair and inclusive socio-political processes; it requires a deeper reflection on what justice and interdependent living means for present and future life on the planet.
We Are Climate believes that for SPG to undergo a holistic and just socio-energy transition it will require collectively thinking through the roles and responsibilities that individuals and communities play in shaping atmospheres at a personal, communal and climatic level.