“Acting without this understanding is like
putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”
Not enough people understand what is really at stake with the converging crisis we face. The media is caught between instilling fear and greenwashing. We need to get educated if we want to act. Artists can play a major role in spreading an urgent message.
Our society is increasingly becoming more complex, therefore, more fragile. Humans are facing an ensemble of problems known as the Human Predicament: climate change, growth-based economy, overconsumption, overpopulation, depletion of resources, fossil energy demand, pollution, biodiversity loss, wild habitat loss, deforestation, soil degradation, urbanization, and inequalities. And with the Human Predicament comes the possibility of the collapse of our civilization.
The time to change the narrative is now.
What’s Next for Earth was created by multidisciplinary eco-artist and art educator Michele Guieu at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in a time of lockdown. What’s Next for Earth is an Instagram-based project. As of October 2021, 17 art calls focused on the Human Predicament have been proposed to the art community. More than 100 artists from around the world have participated, some of them multiple times.
What’s Next for Earth is supported by the MAHB, a Stanford initiative. Contributions to the art calls are published on the MAHB Arts Community page. What’s Next for Earth’s art calls are published on the MAHB, and on WEAD, Ecoartspace, and Extraction Art’s newsletters.
Michele Guieu, founder and curator.
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What’s Next for Earth in the Mercury News, San Jose, CA