Oika elevates the value of art by aligning it with the power and abundance of nature. Our artists are in deep communion with nature and manifest ecological intelligence in their creations. This alliance between nature and artist affords a moral, ecological imperative. "Oikadelic" art brings ecological intelligence to culture through nature and ecological healing to nature through culture.
Into the Artmosphere is Oika’s core educational program for artists, storytellers and media-makers. Throughout the Coronavirus quarantine period, Dr. Rich Blundell is introducing the principles and practices of ecological intelligence through a free, open-enrollment, asynchronous, online, Oika for Artists course.
We teach artists how to practice Oika for creative inspiration and give them the language, concepts, and confidence to publicly communicate the eco-cultural value of their work
Oika seeks to surface and capacity-build ecologically intelligent artistic communities. Into the Artmosphere presents a progressive on-ramp for artists and curators to get involved. How it works:
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The most friction-free way to introduce Oika is to release it directly into the living artmosphere
I listen deeply to nature. and this I know, as a scientist, ecological intelligence is an existential requirement for the future flourishing of humanity as we enter the Anthropocene. In other words, if the Anthropocene is the Earth's response to humans, Oika is the humane response to the Anthropocene.
Oika, and the curriculum of Cosmosis, is a conceptual and phenomenological framework that makes what artists do matter. But not merely matter. Oika casts the artistic community into the profoundly important role of modern shamanism with the task to heal by realigning culture and nature.
You can think of Cosmosis as a container for all of the disciplines that science investigates and art expresses. Cosmosis connects them all and gives them a higher-order purpose. Using the scientific history of the universe as an overarching narrative, the principles and practices of OIka make a forgotten ecological joy of the world palpable. Through intimate personal experiences, Oika reconnects people to place, nature and each other. Oika is about making science more entangling and art more empowering.
Oika is more than an idea, or a method for doing art. It is an experience and a relinquished human birthright. But it is, at the end of the day, an idea, a big idea that embeds a paradigm shift. So, as I often forget, it is very difficult for people to see and appreciate what it means. Yes, even creative thinkers, conceptual artists and very often scientists find what I teach "unclear". That's a common side-effect of disciplinariity and part of the problem that created the mess of the Anthropocene in the first place. This is what art should be working to ameliorate.
Artists, you still hold the keys to the future. Please do something ecologically beautiful and meaningful!
I listen deeply to nature as both a scientist and sensitive. This is what she tells me.