The Center for Creative Ecologies (Amber Hickey and T.J. Demos) invited responses to the following questionnaire from participants reporting back from the artistic activism surrounding COP21, the recent UN-convened Climate Conference taking place in Paris in December 2015. We hope this will be a useful resource in collectively reflecting on the actions and outcomes of COP21 interventions, so that we can consider their achievements, lessons, and how best to move forward.
1. How were you involved in art activism during the COP21?
2. What did you or your organization/collective accomplish during COP21? And how do you measure the success of that accomplishment?
3. How did you respond to the limitations put in place by the French government during the “state of emergency”? How did these limitations affect the actions you took part in or planned?
4. What was the goal of art activism during the COP21? What role might it play in the broader context of the growing prevalence of government-imposed “states of emergency” during key times of convergence?
5. What alliances did you build? And were any across divisions of race, class, and gender? Did you form alliances with NGOs, Indigenous activists, or other organizations beyond your own?
6. What are the lessons of COP21, and where do we go from here?
John Jordan and Isa Fremeaux (Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination)
Mel Evans (Liberate Tate / Art Not Oil)
Thom O'Sullivan and Katherine Ball (of Tools for Action)