ECOLOGICAL/EARTH-BASED ART THERAPY AND THE PARADIGM CHANGE: WHAT ARTS THERAPISTS CAN DO IN THE FACE OF NEW GLOBAL CHALLENGES
// With subtitles in English Alexander Kopytin,
Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Petersburg Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education, Associate Professor, Department of Psychotherapy, Medical Psychology and Sexology, North-Western Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov. Chair of Russian Art Therapy Association. He has written, co-written and edited many books in the field of art therapy, including Ecological and Environmental Approaches in Art Therapy (Moscow: Kogito-Center, 2019), Green Studio: nature and the arts in therapy (New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2016) Environmental expressive therapies: Nature- assisted theory and practice (New York, NY: Taylor & Francis, 2017).
He is a Founding Executive Editor of the journal Ecopoiesis: Eco-human theory and practice.
This paper explores the key position of ecological/Earth-based art therapy in the current situation of ecological crisis, sociocultural trends and the eco-human paradigm. The author discusses the relationship of the emerging eco-human paradigm with the fundamental principles and values of pre-industrial cultures, deep ecology and eco-philosophy. The paper further highlights the role of the arts in the process of paradigm change, in the development of environmental awareness and values, and in moving towards the goals of sustainable development. So called "eco-human technologies" and their application in various segments of life and professional activity, including in the arts therapies, are also discussed. Finally, the author examines the potential for international cooperation between arts therapists and other specialists from the art world. THE WAY OF POIESIS: ECOPOIESIS, WU-WEI AND NON-VIOLENCE
// In English Stephen K. Levine,
PhD, Emeritus Professor at York University (Toronto), Founding Dean of the Doctoral Program in the Arts, Health, and Society Division of the European Graduate School (Switzerland), Founder of the International Expressive Arts Association (IEATA) and The Create Institute in Toronto. Editor-in-chief, ECOPOIESIS: ECO-HUMAN THEORY AND PRACTICE journal.
What principle should guide environmental action? This paper will explore the Taoist concept of wu-wei or non-action as a fundamental method for the remediation which is required by the depredations of the Anthropocene. Wu-wei does not imply passivity but rather a non-violent approach to otherness which respects the integrity of the other. Such an approach also characterizes poiesis, a way of making or creating that responds to what is given by developing its intrinsic possibilities. Wu-wei, poiesis and nonviolence are presented as an alternative to the "rape of nature" that chacterizes the Anthropocene. ECOPOESIS AS PRAXIS (IN THESE TIMES): HOW WE HEAR NOW: SOUND, LANGUAGE, AND ENVIRONMENT
// In English Leslie Carol Roberts
is author, essayist, and journalist. Her current post at California College of the Arts (San Francisco) is heading up the dynamic MFA Writing program. She is also a faculty member at the Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts, where she is a founder of the ECOPOESIS Movement. Her essays and journalism on food, design, Antarctic tourism, travel, and the sciences have been widely published in the US and abroad. She is the author of Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes from a Life in the Forest and The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica. She is an Advisor of ECOPOIESIS: ECOHUMAN THEORY AND PRACTICE journal. Christopher Falliers
, Associate Professor, is a faculty member at the Architectural Ecologies Lab at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco), a former chair in the program, where he is a founder of the ECOPOESIS Movement together with Leslie Carol Roberts and Adam Marcus. Chris is also a principal in ULA Design in Berkeley, whose clients include Google and Off the Grid.
How We Hear Now is a participatory, collective artwork presented byThe ECOPOESIS Project, a multi-year initiative led by the Architectural Ecologies Lab and MFA in Writing program at the California College of the Arts. The project was initiated in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in lieu of the spring 2020 ECOPOESIS symposium/workshop gathering. How We Hear Now invites participants to engage in audible changes in their environments—to record and transmit how, as humans moved into isolation, nonhuman ecologies have grown noticeably more audible during the COVID–19 pandemic's shelter-in-place orders. Each participant constructed a sound recording of their environment on April 22, 2020, the fiftieth anniversary Earth Day, and provided a description of ecological or cultural factors. The audio recordings and environmental descriptions are compiled into a layered stream of sound and text, a visual and aural landscape of ecological observations collected during this unique time. The individual contributions meld together with a visualization of seismic data collected on April 22, representing the concurrent geological sound occurring at a planetary scale. THE ECO-HUMAN APPROACH IN EDUCATION AND THERAPY
// With subtitles in English Sergey Alekseyev,
Professor, Head of the Department of Environmental Education, Safety and Human Health of St.-Petersburg Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education, Professor of the Department of Life Safety Training Methodology, Russian State Pedagogical University named after A.I. Herzen; president of the public organization "Federation of Environmental Education of St. Petersburg", a member of the Problem Council on Environmental Education, Russian Academy of Education, a federal expert on accreditation of institutions of higher professional education in Rosobrnadzor of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The author of more than 300 publications in the field of environmental education, environmental awareness and education for sustainable development, including textbooks and teaching aids recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science / Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
This paper presents the eco-human approach in the context of global sociocultural challenges. The author discusses the problem of integrating ecology, medicine (therapy), psychology, pedagogy and the arts, with the aim of forming the educational ecosystem of the future. The article further explores what is required to implement the principles of such an integrative approach and how these diverse spheres of knowledge may complement one another in the development of eco-human education. In particular, the connection between arts therapy and arts pedagogy and their potential for educational practice is considered. Additionally, the paper outlines promising areas for integration of the natural and human sciences in the formation of ecological culture of the 21st century.