Listen/ Lyssna Färgfabriken Konsthall Stockholm

Tuesday September 7th 2021 by Peter Thomas Lang

Färgfabriken, Virserum Konsthall, and Skellefteå Konsthall are launching a partnership that looks at how we perceive and communicate climate change from an emotional perspective.

The transition to a climate-neutral future requires not only structural intervention but also an increasingly cohesive understanding of our climate where the way we feel is related to scientific facts. This will allow us to process our grief for what we’ve lost and channel our feelings of hope into action.

We’re therefore creating a forum where young people, researchers, and artists can explore and relay their experiences and feelings in relation to climate and places. This involves testing our ability to listen to and trust ourselves.

Lyssna also has to do with creating the framework for shared communication about the climate between urban and rural contexts. By listening to each other’s experiences alongside research, the project seeks to reach a common understanding of the consequences of climate change, no matter where we are. To achieve this, the project will deepen relationships and notions in the context of nature, consumption, and identity. What do nature, consumption, and identity mean in the context of climate change?

Lyssna is being brought to life via the culture organisations Skellefteå Konsthall, Virserums Konsthall, and Färgfabriken and will be encapsulated in three interconnected yet location-specific exhibitions at the three arts centres. Listen is about activating a creative process that engages young people, researchers, and artists through collective exploration. It takes us to the intersection of fact and feeling, of climate and location, of the world around us and the world within us. In this vein, the project will look at what it means to live in symbiosis with a place rather than to live thinking that we are at the centre of the world. We know that climate change requires structural social transformation as well as radical re-evaluations in which humankind has to take a step back from thinking it is at the heart of everything. Because what happens when the forest exists only for the forest? When the river flows only for the river? When flies are just let be?