SusteNation Rising: Eco-Artisans, Transformative Intelligence and the Power of Creativity
This workshop explores an emergent culture of “Eco-Artisans”; a metaphorical “SusteNation” whose spirit and artisanship provides the deep sustenanceessential to nourish individual well-being, enrich social regeneration and make flourish a verdant trans-national ecology supportive of global resilience. (societal/environmental/economical)
Designed as a field-lab to: cultivate artisan-leaders and propagate their indigenous knowledge; help release the energy and form of their intrinsic creative power; provide a wellspring to refresh eco-inspired field praxis and cultural production; inspire taproot designs of socially innovative applications.
The narrative is inspired/informed by their stories, showcasing the “Woven Gaze: Eyes of the Earth” project, an innovative test case/artistic intervention installation, conceptualised to hinder progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains/USA.
It will provoke dialogue about/enquiry into the underlying tenets of the culture; the concept of eco-artisanship, metaphor of SusteNation and theory of “Transformative Intelligence”. It also integrates visual anthropology, arts-based experience, co-creative action and naturalistic learning.
Transformative Intelligence theory was developed to interpret the ethos/culture/impact of sustainable artisanal communities with particular regard to the experiential nexus of creativity, cognition and human development. TI gives scaffolding to construct knowledge/personal perspectives of artisan-based experience/work/culture and an infrastructure to externalize understanding and apply site-specific cultural methodologies. The theory developed organically from Kelly’s fieldwork as a reflective practitioner/action researcher and doctoral studies.