Into the Artmosphere is Oika’s roaming educational program for artists. Throughout 2020 Dr. Rich Blundell will travel to art institutions, residency programs, festivals and artistic communities to introduce the principles and practices of ecological intelligence.
The form and duration of each instance will accommodate the venue’s situation.. Engagements may range from a single, evening lecture or impromptu, roundtable conversation, to a weekend workshop, seminar or extended residential program (program managers click here for more information).
Ecological intelligence is genre-agnostic. Oika works with in any media or discipline (visual arts, music, sculpture, conceptual, poetry, dance, digital, literary, etc.). Participating artists receive ongoing instruction in ecological intelligence. This includes deep and daily Oika practices and education in the expression of eco-cultural impact through creative output.
Into the Artmosphere surfaces artists who are especially attuned and ready to integrate Oika into their work. Building on the relationships that grow from this work, Oika will select and support artists in collaborative projects that communicate ecological intelligence in culture.
We teach artists how to practice Oika for creative inspiration, but also give them the language, concepts, and confidence to publicly communicate the value of their work for eco-cultural impact.
As affinities grow, we will be able to fund small-scale projects that integrate Oika. Grants range from $25 to $5000 depending on the complexity and scale of the work.
Humanity for Habitats
Along with artist residency communities, Oika partners with nearby areas of critical ecological habitat or environmental conservation projects. These programs are place-based opportunities to link local artists with ongoing, completed, or future ecological restoration projects. Participating artists will serve as habitat healers and advocate for local economic and ecological synergy.
Into the Artmosphere is science reaching out to art in order to realign culture with nature. This is not the usual scenario of science using art to communicate what it does. No, Into the Artmosphere is an urgent appeal for art to wake humanity up to the beautiful but tenuous reality that science has revealed and culture now threatens.
Into the Artmosphere is...
A deep-dive into Nature-Mind
Rich guides a conversation with artists about how to integrate the deep ecological principles and practices of Oika into a co-creative, mind-nature, artistic practice. Other activities may include impromptu, opportunistic, unstructured forays into the local natural places for research, insight and inspiration.
OIKADELIC ART | MAKER MENTALITY | RADICALIA | OIKA PHENOMENOLOGY | INTEGRAL ART | COSMOSIS | MIND-NATURE CO-CREATIVITY | HOPEPUNK | ENACTIVISM | EMERGENCE
Breaking conventions, permeating boundaries
Into the Artmosphere works with any media, genre, form or discipline. We seek to traverse and challenge boundaries and break preconceived narratives about what is culture and what is nature. Our goal is to bring the epiphany of Oika into any work of art.
CERAMIC I DIGITAL I WRITING | DRAWING I FINE-CRAFT I GLASS I ILLUSTRATION I JEWELRY I METAL I MIXED MEDIA I PAINTING I PHOTOGRAPHY I PRINT MAKING I SCULPTURE I VIDEO
Oika, and by association 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 a collective modern shaman with the task to realign culture and nature.
I listen deeply to nature. and this I know, as a scientist and sensitive, Oika 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 only humane response to the Anthropocene.
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!