“Acting without this understanding is like
putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”
What’s Next for Earth was created by Michele Guieu in April 2020, 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. 120 artists worldwide 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.
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 face 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.
Michele Guieu, founder and curator
Michele is an artist, art educator, and activist focusing on the multiple existential threats we face today and the urgency to change our relationship with nature, recognizing that we are all part of it. Michele creates site-specific installations in nature and in public spaces, some participatory. She started What’s Next for Earth shortly after she became collapse-aware, with the strong belief that the arts are essential to creating the new stories we need to create a resilient future. She is the Arts Coordinator at the MAHB (Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere). She holds a MA in visual communication from the ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Paris), Paris, France, and was a freelance graphic designer for many years in Paris before moving to the US in 2001.
photo ©2021 V.M Photography
Christina is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work investigates the intersection of natural systems and belief systems, often using the ocean as both site and metaphor. Her essays, exhibitions, and installations consider our cultural responses to the intersecting ecological and social crises of our time. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and has exhibited internationally. She recently completed writing and illustrating a book on climate change in the ocean, The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis (The New Press, 2021). She joined What’s Next for Earth in 2021 to help connect the thought leaders, activists, and artists who are growing regenerative cultural stories in response to our precarious human predicament.
What’s Next for Earth in the Mercury News, San Jose, CA
Deep Transformation Network
Artists and Creative Group hosted by Christina Conklin and Michele Guieu