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Rathwell-Poster-Jack Rosen- March 6,2013


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What’s your most innovative idea to solve an environmental problem?

The University of Waterloo faculty of environment asked all its students this question with a $1000 incentive and the Jack Rosen Memorial Award for Environmental Innovation.
I submitted my idea of Art + Science Alchemy as my best solution to address complex environmental change. The poster submission is below. I draw on my doctoral research, my proposal for a non-profit and I linked it to some of the music I have been composing with Post-Normal.
Sure enough, my submission has been chosen as one of the top 10 in the Faculty and I will continue to present my idea in front of a panel of Judges on March 21st.
You can check out the other competing posters, vote for your favorite poster (hopefully mine!) and details about the Jack Rosen Memorial Award here.

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Rathwell-Poster-Jack Rosen- March 6,2013

  1. 1. Art + Science Alchemy to navigate complex environmental change How can Art and Artistic process help society navigate environmental change? Starting a Not-for-profit 1.  Art can invoke imagery and innovation to Kaitlyn Rathwell My innovative idea to contribute to social- guide collectives into alternative futures ecological change is to start up my own not-for-profit organization that will engage 2.  Artistic processes and art open space for in and support Art + Science Alchemy. MUSIC multiple languages of expression Please click on the speaker icon (left) to Art + Science Alchemy will combine 3.  Art and artistic processes can bridge listen to ‘Stand Up!’ a networks of scientists and artists to knowledge systems is by nurturing the song I composed to collaborate on creative projects for creation of artistic boundary objects inspire sustainability. sustainability. 4.  Art connects to the emotional capacity of individuations, offering an alternative means to inspire innovation and change Stand Up! Written and performed by Post- Normal; sound engineering byThe making of ‘Strictly Albacore’ Brennan GalleyThis summer I had the opportunity to Lyrics:collaborate with a local visual artist,Dave Fox, on Art + Science Alchemy “Maybe one way to see itI had come up with the metaphor of an Is to look the other way,‘onion’ and complementary framework Maybe someday we will find itto guide my understanding of how From with all the courage comesscholars interested in social-ecological to playsustainability are engaging with thedepth and dynamism of knowledge But you stand in your place, itssystems. Dave Fox painted the idea all you have ever known(Figure 1)! you stand in your place, its allLessons: you have ever known1.  Articulating scientific understandings Stand Up! in alternative mediums (e.g. poetry, You lonely people gather up all painting), and in doing so making your strength and calm, complex ideas intelligible to a wider Call for freedoms reign audience I’ll be making some show of it in2.  Leveraging the imaginative and my way creative capacity of artists as a mirror to reflect on scientific ideas Stand Up! You broken people gather up all3.  Creating a feedback process your strength and calm, between art and science to stimulate Call for freedoms reign” innovation and insight. Figure 1 Strictly Albacore by Dave Fox 2012 Acrylic on Canvas Inuit Sculpture Scientific Graphs and Images Bridging Knowledge Systems Different knowledge systems, e.g. Inuit and scientific, may have different means to understand a changing environment and different experiences of that. environment and change.Bridging knowledge systems to collectively makesense of environment change can both improveenvironmental assessments, and also generate/implement better decisions (Reid et al. 2006).Art may offer a particularly robust seting for bridgingInuit and scientific knowledge systems. Art andartistic engagement facilitate the emergence ofcultural nuances of indigenous ecological knowledge(Cruikshank, 2005); compliment adaptive processes Figure 2 (right) demonstrates two ways of expressing information and sharing a narrative. The first image is an Inuit Sculpture, Memories: An Ancient Past, by Abraham Anghik Ruben, Whale skull, Brazilian soapstone, and cedar. (Kipling Gallery/Americanby bridging knowledge systems and supporting Indian Museum). The second image is a collage of graphics about sea ice change taken from AMAP 2011collective visioning (Goldstein 2008), and support Works Cited Cruikshank, J. (2005). Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination. Vancouver: UBCemotional and social cohesion during periods of Press; Goldstein, T. (2008). Performed ethnography: Possibilities, multiple commitments, and the pursuit of rigor. The Methodological Dilemma: Creative, critical and collaborative approaches to qualitative research (pp. 86–102). New York:rapid change (Vancouver Art Gallery 2006). Routledge; Reid, W., Berkes, F., Wilbanks, T., & Capistrano, D. (eds.). (2006). Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications in Ecosystem Assessment. Millenium Ecosystem Assessment. Washington: Island Press; Vancouver Art Gallery. (2006). Raven travelling: two centuries of Haida art. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, Douglas & McIntyre. pp. 182.