What’s Next for Earth: Resilience Art Call

What’s Next forEarth’s is a Community Art Project to reflect on the Covid19 period and to re-invent the future. Normal was the problem.
@WhatsNextForEarth’s fourth project is “Convergence”.
July 2020.

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The inspiration for the Resilience Art Call comes from an article posted on the MAHB website: ‘Resilience, the Global Challenge and the Human Predicament’ by Michael Lerner 

[…] We face a perfect storm of environmental, social, technological, economic, geopolitical, and other global stressors. These global stressors interact in unpredictable ways. The pace of future shocks is increasing. The prospect for civilizational collapse is real. We need to build meaningful resilience. […]

Michael Lerner is president and co-founder of Commonweal, a 43-year-old nonprofit center in Bolinas, California, with programs in health and healing, education and the arts, and environment and justice. 

During the month of July 2020, artists on Instagram were invited to read Michael Lerner’s article, create an art piece, and post it on their Instagram page. A selection of the contributions was posted on What’s Next for Earth’s page. Here are some of them. The contributions are also published on the MAHB Arts Community Page.
Here are some of them:

Marcela Villasenor (Ganjia, Gansu, China)
“The Weight” 2020
Pascal Ken (Paris, France)
Resilience 2020
18×22 cm collage – acrylic turquoise on an old book: “Pensées” de Pascal (“Thoughts from Blaise Pascal), French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, moralist and theologian.
Resilience is a long way from home. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. 
(Chinese: 千里之行,始於足下; pinyin: Qiānlǐ zhī xíng, shǐyú zú xià; lit.: ‘A journey of a thousand Chinese miles (li) starts beneath one’s feet’)
Sailev (Hong Kong)
Oil on canvas

Every year more than a million wildebeests take on a perilous trek from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara in a search for water and grazing lands. It is one of the largest overland migration in the world and one of the deadliest, a cycle of self-renewal and an incredible display of resilience, Nature’s design principle.
Nature explores all possibilities for life and builds in mechanisms to ensure things survive. So much we have to learn for ourselves.

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