ART + SUSTAINABILITY
Artist, Sijia Chen
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 | 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Baldwin Hill Scenic Overlook, Culver City
A community convening of LA-based artists, entrepreneurs, and activists whose work addresses environmental issues.
The festival began with five artist presentations, each with a unique environmental lens and perspective. Community participants then chose two breakout sessions (out of seven total) lead by entrepreneurs and activists either creating solutions to these issues or advocating for more sustainable systems.
The event was held at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, a California State Park that was once drilled and exploited land which has now become a symbol of restoration, conservation and hope.
Between sessions, attendees virtually stepped into another world and environment through VR headsets. The confluence of artist and entrepreneur naturally encouraged an atmosphere of inquiry, collaboration, and creativity.
Schedule & Speakers
2:00 pm - 2:30: Registration, Light Food & Drink, Art Viewing, Networking
2:30 pm - 4:10: Artist Presentations
Gentry Lane is CEO of TDO Productions, a social impact-focused Virtual Reality studio and Executive Director of the River Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank. TDO Productions helps changemakers harness the storytelling power of VR for action, fundraising & awareness campaigns. Gentry has generously offered VR headseats for the event so attendees can experience it hands-on during Act II.
Jana Cruder & Matthew LaPenta
Cruder and LaPenta are deeply moved by the current state of humanity and its impact on the planet. Through their current collaborative projects, they aim to cast a spotlight that is both unforgiving and unassuming on the environmental, technological, political and social realities of today. Their current exhibition, Natural Plasticity, installs 20ft to 30ft replicas of a plastic bottles, plastic disposable cups and straws into natural environments to invite viewer to evaluate their own behavior with plastic consumption.
John Knuth finds beauty at the edge of panic. Made with signal flares, emergency blankets, smoke and fire, his work plays its haunting chords as the Titanic sinks. Though originally from Minnesota, Knuth fits nicely into the disaster mentality of Los Angeles, an earthquake- prone city that seems to delight in picturing itself at the edge of doom. John's Fading Horizon project explores notions of climate change and entropy, in a context of uncertainty and uncontrollable change.
Sijia Chen focuses her work mostly on abstract art. She spreads mylar, used in paintings, on the middle of the street “inviting” local citizens to take part in her work by leaving footmarks and vehicle marks in the first part of her art piece. Her rich experiences from living in different countries, and the varying levels of pollution and environmental degradation between Los Angeles and Beijing, inspires her to transform these elements into abstract symbols and strokes.
Jen Ann Simmons
Jen Ann Simmons is a writer and contemporary, abstract artist inspired by the natural world's myriad of maths and languages. Best known for her geometric, spiritual paintings, Jen's practice is driven by inner imagery and rooted in independent research of the natural world. She examines humanity’s changing relationship with nature and expresses, experimentally, potential collective avenues for addressing human-induced climate change.
4:10 pm - 4:30: Short Break, Breakout Session Sign-up, Light Food & Drink
4:30 pm - 6:00: Virtual Reality Experience
TDO Productions will provide five virtual reality headseats for the event so you can see the world through the eyes of another! TDO's virtual reality experiences are formulated to inspire unprecedented levels of empathy and incite viewers into immediate action. Virtual reality empowers us not just to see, but also to step in, walk around, and experience. With VR we can interact, feel and understand the point-of-view of another like never before.
4:30 pm - 5:15: Breakout Session 1
Attendees will choose one of the following:
Community Organizer & Activist Trainer
Climate Ribbon: What do you love and fear to lose to climate change?
This month, we witnessed Earth Overshoot Day, the point when humanity has used the resources needed to live sustainably for a year. How do we process these realities, and turn our fear and grief into action? The Climate Ribbon is a public art installation project that invites people to share what they love and fear to lose to climate change. Chelsea Byers - a passionate organizer, strategic thinker, and advocate for peace and human rights, civic participation, and environmental justice - will talk about the Climate Ribbon and its impact at large-scale events like the UN Climate Talks in Paris (Cop21). She will also share best practices on how to engage your community to take creative action for environmental justice. Afterward, Chelsea will create a ritual space for attendees to share their stories and commit to each other to fight for the resources we love the most.
Models of Impact: Designing the Future
In this session, participants will learn the Models of Impact methodology, a strategic framework leveraged by thousands of social entrepreneurs around the globe.
Participants will work with educator, essayist, and design strategist, Matthew Manos, to invent new socially responsible concepts that are forward-thinking. Matthew will share his work with the audience, and will guide participants through a hands-on session with cutting-edge innovation methods.
Founder & Managing Director
Founder & CEO
Chief Exploration Officer
How can food waste improve healthy food access?
Los Angeles is home to the largest food insecure population in the United States - with 1.6 million people unable to access or afford organic produce. Kaitlin Mogentale had an idea when her friend juiced a carrot and saw the enormous amount of by-product that would end up as waste.
She collected the carrot pulp and went home to whip up carrot cake cookies. In this juicy session, Kaitlin will discuss how she is leveraging a wasted resource - juice pulp - to bring affordable access to healthy food and inspire you to look for opportunities in your daily life to make a difference.
For the love of travel: How can your next vacation make a difference?
What's not to love about the last-minute road trip, traveling gap year, or sandy beach vacation? While traveling can expand perspectives and enhance well-being, the impact to the local community is not always clear. Lokal addresses this issue by creating a marketplace where travelers can book sustainable, local adventures around the world. All "off the beaten track" experiences are managed by community cooperatives, family businesses, organizations and local tour operators that ensure each visit supports local livelihoods, preserves cultural traditions, and protects wild places. Walk away from this session at ease, knowing your next vacation is planned and has a positive impact!
5:30 pm - 6:15: Breakout Session 2
Attendees will choose one of the following:
Nature as Healer: Connecting to the Source
With fast growing populations, crowded cities, limited resources, and more information than you'll ever need on a screen, is it any wonder humans feel disconnected from nature? In this creative writing workshop, Kat Hargreaves invites attendees to connect to their individual nature, channel energy from their own healing experiences, and proclaim the power of Nature as healer. As a UX designer, systems strategist, educator, and civic innovator, Kat transforms companies and communities into resilient and sustainable ecosystems. She brings her systems thinking to this intimate workshop, knowing sustainability and resilience starts with the individual. As inspiring as a shamanic drum circle and as enlightening as a peaceful moment by the sea, you will leave this workshop connected to the healing power of nature and empowered to share your story!
Aquaponics: How can sustainable food mitigate our biggest environmental issues?
Did you know current unsustainable food systems are one of the largest contributors to climate change, peak oil, and chronic disease? In this session, David will give us a live demonstration of how to mitigate these effects using aquaponics, a unique approach to sustainable food production, which merges hydroponics (soilless food production) and aquaculture (fish farming). Simply put, the fish (which can be edible) provide the fertilizer for the plants while the plants filter the water for the fish. It is a symbiotic relationship that demonstrates biomimicry in its truest form. After this cool demonstration, you'll know how to plant the seeds for a more resilient, sustainable future!
Chef & Regenerative Food Consultant
The future of food: where we’ve been, where we are and where we are headed.
“Sustainable,” “humane-raised,” “farm to table” all sound great in theory, but are we actually making headway toward a healthy food future for generations to come? The short answer is no, but the long answer involves a new approach to how we think about, use and consume food. What if you walked into the local store and instead of shopping by price or label, you shopped by nutritional density and flavor content? Chef & Regenerative Food Consultant Loghan Call will present a short talk and lead an open discussion on the issues and solutions that farmers, chefs and consumers will face and how the future can be more flavorful for all of us.
6:15 - 6:45 pm: Closing Remarks & Networking - See you next time!
DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) is working to create a positive shift in the construction industry by placing as much value on the environment and people as they do on beautiful and functional design. DIRTT uses technology to create custom prefab interiors with minimal waste, fast lead times and a precise fit and finish. By giving you complete design freedom, your space looks, feels and functions not only how you imagined it, but even better than you thought possible. This is construction you can feel good about.
Food & Drink Partner
Grassroots Market is a family owned and operated health food store established in 1968. The store has been in the same location for more than 40 years and has been owned by the Puni family for 30 years.
Grassroots only carries products that are healthy, sustainable, environmentally friendly, ethically produced & locally sourced.
The market is always on the hunt for the latest and most innovative products that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.