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Digital Practices – Masterclass with climate change expert Angela YT Chan
May 20 @ 11:30 am – 6:30 pm
Develop a socially and environmentally responsible digital practice in this Masterclass with climate change specialist, researcher, curator and artist Angela YT Chan. Learn about the historical roots of the climate crisis, gain tools for applying climate literacy in your digital projects, and develop frameworks for building a sustainable future in the digital sector.
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11:30-13:30, 20 May – Session 1
Situating Digital Practices in Climate Change History and Toward Climate Justice
This session aims to provide an overview of the history of climate change to support the fundamental goals of intersectional climate justice. The focus will be on how the exploitative colonial histories of people and the planet have contributed to the climate crisis and how uneven global developments have perpetuated it. By grasping these concepts, we can establish a foundation for exploring the significant role that evolving digital practices play in promoting positive change.
14:00 – 16:00, 20 May – Session 2
Tools for Climate Literacy in Digital Practices
In this session, you will be introduced to some of the tools available to digital practitioners to develop climate literacy while working on their projects. The different terms that will be covered include carbon footprint, carbon offsetting, sustainability, sustainable development, and others. Throughout the session, we will prioritise a climate justice approach that places people at the centre of the climate struggle. Additionally, we will examine the environmental impacts of software and hardware used in the creative process.
16:30 – 18:30, 20 May – Session 3
Frameworks for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Digital Practices
In this session, the focus will remain on the climate justice approach to digital practices. The aim is to discuss the long-term infrastructures and resources digital practitioners would like to see in their sector. The session will explore the type of commissioning, material, and financial support required by digital practitioners to build a sustainable future. This includes support from funders and institutional hosts. Additionally, the session will examine the grassroots and other digital practitioners’ existing resources. The objective is to cultivate sustainable digital practices that go beyond climate literacy and include a compassionate understanding of the cultural, social, and political dynamics associated with the climate crisis.
To participate in Session 1, you should bring a laptop or tablet and a phone with a camera. You will also need to log into your Google account to access Creation tools in the Google Earth browser, so please make sure you have the necessary devices and an internet connection. If you don’t have access to a Google account, you can work in a small group with someone who does. Additionally, you will need to use your phone camera to take pictures of collages and upload them to Google Earth.
For all workshops, it is recommended that participants come prepared to reflect on their own practice. This includes considering material factors such as hardware, software, and other materials, as well as immaterial factors such as your concepts and relationships, especially in relation to the environment, people, and places.
£20 per session
£45 for the entire day (3 sessions)
Through workshops led by artists, arebyte’s digital training sessions provide practical techniques for digital making.
From introductory to more advanced sessions on coding, 3D designing, sound editing, cross-platform game engines, and virtual world-making, the creative courses provide hands-on tools that participants can apply in their creative development for all educational levels.
Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist specialising in climate change. Her multidisciplinary work examines power in relation to inequality throughout the colonial and ongoing history of the climate crisis through self-archiving, data science, technologies and speculative fiction. Her research-art commissions use video, illustrations, conversations and other research media to focus on water scarcity, conflict and everyday experiences through climate framing and communications. Since 2014, Angela has produced curatorial projects and workshops, collaborating with artists, activists and youth groups (formerly Worm: art + ecology). She co-directs the London Science Fiction Research Community. Angela is also a research consultant, having worked in international climate and cultural policy and on climate and sustainability projects for major cultural institutions, like the Design Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and South London Gallery.