The 2022 Ecopoesis symposium and workshop took place in the San Francisco Presidio on April 9, featuring artist and author Jenny Odell as keynote. Odell then delivered a public talk on Thursday, April 14 at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Odell’s book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy served as the thematic catalyst for the event, challenging us to consider the relationship between climate change and our perception of different scales of time. The workshop participants produced a series of cyanotype prints that experimented with the medium’s time-based qualities as a reflection on tangible ecological change. We challenged the default “how much time is left” sensibility that characterizes much of climate discourse, and instead explored how thinking across multiple time scales might allow for deeper understandings of the crises we currently face. Through collective acts of making, we tested creative alternatives of language and imagery that can inspire solidarity.
Photos from the April 9 event at The Presidio National Park, Yelamu (San Francisco).
Images courtesy Nick Bruno.