„Are you afraid of the climate crisis?“ - „Yes.“
Notes on mourning and radical hope in times of the ecological crisis.
A research, a poem, a commemoration.
Adaptation is the round blank spot on the map, the big challenge we are and will be facing. How will humans respond to the climate crisis? Every day we receive news of trees on fire, heavy rain and floods. Some people become angry, others are afraid. Some are seized by a kind of eco-nostalgia or ecological mourning. New ceremonies are emerging, as in Iceland, where in 2019, the Okjokull glacier was officially declared dead and commemorated.
How do we deal with the loss of landscapes, environment and our accustomed forms of life? The research of new trouble (choreographer Antje Velsinger, sound artist Julia Krause, and dramaturge Heike Bröckerhoff) reaches out to possibilities for emotional and speculative adaptation. In the frame of their research project FUTURE RELATIONS they collect interview fragments, sounds of things and beings that disappear, investigate new forms of relationships between different generations, and develop a training for skills that are needed in order to adapt. "It remains.., it remains a dilemma. Yes, it is.. it is a dilemma."
The research is ongoing.
Mourning and clearing the ground reveal the radical spark of hope, rather than sentimental stasis of nostalgia or the seductive futility of vengeance.
[...] in order to clear the ground for a rebirth. For if the death is not acknowledged there will most likely be all sorts of empty ways of going on...
(Jonathan Lear - Radical Hope)
"Adaptation" is hosting the acoustic notebook developed in the frame of FUTURE RELATIONS by Antje Velsinger / new trouble, with Julia Krause and Heike Bröckerhoff.