-Meeting 11 Eco-Socialism

Tuesday, December 11, 7PM – 9 PM

At RIA. For your personal invitation and the address, email researchinart.ria@gmail.com

Texts: SSNCC pamplet and leaflets

Thank you all for this year of thinking together about the perplexing times we live in, and the role art can, or cannot, play in creating change. Thanks to Carmel Whittle and Gallery 101, we are more attuned to the complexities of de-colonalization and reconciliation. And thanks to our dedicated facilitators this year, we have familiarized ourselves somewhat on the intersecting issues of Capitalism, Colonialism and Climate Change.

Where do we go from here? As artists, do we sit on the fence, and represent and analyze what we see happening in this world? If we get off that fence, will art be lost? Will art go one way, and activism the other, as the Situationists International seemed to think when in 1962 they decided the artists had to leave the activist group?

If it is time for action, what are the actions we want to take? How do we define ourselves? It may be time for our group to take a position, and talking to the Ottawa New Socialists and reading their texts, may help each one of us to think about what we want our art to do.  Neil Burron and Brian McDougall from the ONS will be here on December 11 to answer all our questions!

What Is Ecosocialism?
Basic tenets
In a nutshell, ecosocialists start with the premise that environmental degradation and social injustice stem from the same source: a world where profit is the highest goal. This implies that the emancipation of people from capital and its masters goes hand-in-hand with the emancipation of the earth and its biosphere from the cancer of capitalism. READ MORE: SSNCC pamplet and leaflets

System Change not Climate Change


Also recommended is a new book by Ian Angus, who was speaking at System Change, Not Climate Change, a day of events that the New Socialists organized around the Anthropocene exhibition at the NGC in October. The book, A Redder Shade of Green, Intersections of Science and Socialism, draws on connections, already detected by Marx, between environmental disaster and capitalism.