Energy Online Exhibition

This is the first What’s Next for Earth online exhibition based on Think Resilience,
a free online course by the Post Carbon Institute.

We’re starting this series with the subject of energy and for a good reason. Energy is key to everything—it’s an essential driver of the natural world and of the human world, and it will also be pivotal to the societal transformations we’ll be experiencing in the 21st century and beyond. Energy is what enables us to live and to build civilizations and thriving economies. But it’s even more fundamental than that. Without energy, literally, nothing can happen.”
Richard Heinberg, Think Resilience, lesson 2: Energy (Full video transcript here).


AnaCo.Art, Claude Benzrihem, Christina Conklin, Michele Guieu, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Pascal Ken, Deborah Kennedy, Nancy D Lane, Nadine Marie, Eric Meyer, Cristian Pietrapiana, Quin de la Mer, Ivan Sigg, Marcela Villaseñor




ink on paper

From a consumer economy to a conserver economy…
  • Cristian Pietrapiana


digital image
6″ x 6″

The oil wells have been disappearing from my childhood home, Huntington Beach, for the past 50 years. I watched the derrick over my back fence meditatively, not knowing what it stood for. I wish I could have seen a gusher too.
  • Terri Hughes-Oelrich


Nine views of a brooch made from a hunk of cement and bent wire found on the streets of Melbourne.

Our planet is on an energy roller coaster, looping the loop at breakneck speed, to what end? Energy is what living things need to survive, but we need it in forms that do not devastate our planet. I have just started the free Think Resilience course from The Post Carbon Institute. Recommended!
  • Nancy D Lane


Digital photograph

Regeneration, volcanoes, volcano energy, geothermal.
  • Marcela Villaseñor

Crossroads – Collapse Collage series

24” x 18”

Climate, race, resource extraction, and ecological systems form a complex web of energy production and consumption that poses existential risks to much of life on earth. 80% of multi-celled creatures on earth are nematodes, tiny soil worms that create healthy soil, while impoverished men in Madagascar dig soil out by hand looking for sapphires and Peruvian women sort asparagus for export. We stand at a crossroads, the same one hundreds of slaves stood on in Alabama for the largest auction of humans in US history. Will we learn to see energy systems clearly and use them wisely for the benefit of all beings, or will we continue to divide, chop, exploit, exterminate, and pollute? The revolution will not be televised.
  • Christina Conklin

Inside the Petal

phytogram filmmaking still

New work from the series Elsewhen inspired by the Energy art calls. This piece answers the call for work about Energy and a post-carbon world.
  • Quin de la Mer

Memento Mori

Micro moving postcard, experimental film

Responding to the art call and with thoughts on ENERGY after watching Post Carbon Institute’s Think Resilience course.
  • Quin de la Mer

Seaweed Forest

Acrylic on paper
48” x 69.5”

Seaweed has the potential to become a significant source for third-generation biofuels production. This artwork was inspired by the beauty of a new industry capable of helping to produce energy and food sources. The painting depicts the unseen spectacular underwater life and the new habitats that seaweed cultivation can create. It is an encouragement to consider integrating seaweed as a renewable energy source by highlighting the beauty of our already existent natural resources and thriving ecosystems.
  • Ana Constantinescu

Back to basics 1

Acrylic on roadmap

MANTRA GENKI / “genki”
元気 in Kanji includes the words “gen” (元), which means root, source or original, and “ki” (気), meaning air, breath or wind.
So, “genki” refers to the original state of life (i.e. breathing) – which is a very traditional Chinese idea of “qi” (氣) that dates back to the time of Confucius.

元気 Back to basics
I am able to learn how to protect my own energy
I am able to focus on my real needs
I am able to reduce my consumption as strictly necessary
I am able to change
I am able to reduce
I am able to recycle
I am able to reuse
Repeat after me!
  • Pascal Ken

Back to basics 2


  • Pascal Ken

Homage to the Homage: A endless energy machine to heal the sky


A reflection on Jean Tinguely’s machine performance at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960. His artwork, Homage to New York, was conceived as a “self-constructing and self-destroying work of art.” For me, this is a metaphor for our self-constructing and self-destroying civilization. My wistful drawing envisions a machine to provide endless streams of energy to a world destroying itself to consume more energy.
  • Deborah Kennedy


Digital photograph

Énergie > C comme Carbone : il y a urgence à en sortir! Lisez les propositions de la CCC. La Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat a pour mandat de définir une série de mesures permettant d’atteindre une baisse d’au moins 40 % des émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici 2030.

Energy> C for Carbon: there is an urgent need to get out of it! Read CCC’s proposals. The Citizen’s Climate Convention is mandated to define a series of measures to achieve a reduction of at least 40% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
  • Claude Benzrihem

Énergies Libérées 1
Energies Released 1

Mixed media painting

  • Eric Meyer

Énergies Libérées 2
Energies Released 2

Mixed media painting

  • Eric Meyer

Four Solaire
Solar Oven

Digital photograph, digital manipulation

Énergie gratuite et illimitée du soleil : Un gâteau est en train de cuire à 175 degrés dans mon four solaire !

Free and unlimited energy from the sun: A cake is baking at 175 degrees in my solar oven!
  • Ivan Sigg

Veiled relics

Wearable soft sculpture created from melted plastic bags

Historically across many cultures, veils were worn to shield from unseen evil spirits. Plastics derived from fossil fuels are a type of veiled evil. It is an incredible material that has propelled us forward, protected our bodies, allowed us to develop very fast. But we’ve misplaced it into places it should not go. We wear it on our bodies, it washes into our soils and oceans, as women we are expected to shove it into our bodies. There is nowhere we can escape the fossilized dead that we’ve raised from deep in the Earth. I sometimes wonder about our future, when the land of the living has reached its limits. Will we still be around to hang our plastic relics on the wall to remind us of this time in history?
  • Nadine Marie Allan

What will be the energy sources of the future?

Digital collage (photos taken in the Bay Area and in the Sierras)

Inspired by the Post Carbon Institute “Think Resilience” free online course. Lesson 2, “Energy”, is packed with food for thoughts:

“Our best bets are solar and wind, but these have very different characteristics from the energy sources that the modern industrial society was built around.”

“For 99% of our History, we lived entirely on renewable energy”

“The Fossil Fuel Age has lasted only one-tenth of one percent of our History as Homo Sapiens. Its last chapter is beginning to unfold right now.”

“Our future may well be slower-paced and localized.”
  • Michele Guieu

The Energy exhibition is based on Think Resilience, the Post Carbon Institute’s free online course. To respond to the art call, we asked the artists to signup and to watch the course, one lesson/video at a time. Each video is approximately 12 minutes long.

[Lesson 1: Introduction to the course]

CHAPTER 1: Our Converging Crises

CHAPTER 2: The Roots and Results of Our Crises

CHAPTER 3: Making Change

CHAPTER 4: Resilience Thinking

  • Lesson 13 – What is Resilience?
  • Lesson 14 – Community Resilience in the 21st Century
  • Lesson 15 – Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience

CHAPTER 5: Economy and Society

  • Lesson 16- How Globalization Undermines Resilience
  • Lesson 17- Economic Relocalization
  • Lesson 18- Social Justice
  • Lesson 19- Education

CHAPTER 6: Basic Needs and Functions

  • Lesson 20- Meeting Essential Community Needs
  • Lesson 21- Resilience in Major Sectors
  • Lesson 22- Review, Assessment & Action

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do? Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have a good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

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