The fastest, friction-free way to introduce Oika to artists is by releasing it directly into the living artmosphere. Oika's Into the Artmosphere is an invitation for artists to participate in the most important art movement yet to happen.
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.
In 2020 Oika is launching Into the Artmosphere as:
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!