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Space Saloon and Creative Migration co-present the Climate Crisis Hotline.

Field Workshop: Action Projects
Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

With the understanding that the Climate Crisis is deeply entwined with other ongoing injustices and struggles, we hosted a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental space to verbally confront the topic of Solastasia, the paralyzing melancholia induced from environmental distress.

Similar to a confession booth or wishing well, our multi-faceted platform sought to validate individuals’ concerns and give everyone an opportunity to participate in a community dialogue. Through a variety of outreach and engagement methods we invited members of the public to connect, unwind and respond.

The ICA LA residency concluded with the public calling 1-833-EMO-4ECO and speaking to us live on KCHUNG Radio. The line is still open, please call and leave a voicemail!

For five days, we conducted daily workshops both in person and remotely. Each workshop helped formulate questions, devise content, and conduct exercises about language surrounding eco-anxiety and environmental distress. Prominent environmental scholars and psychologists joined the dialogue to address the growing nomenclature of eco-anxiety.


Lacking Language

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Eco-Anxiety, Climate Despair and Solastalgia are terms created in the last few years to give definition to our increasing feelings on environmental changes. This collective workshop focused on co-defining the language for verbal validation.

Talking / Listening

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The first step to confronting our feelings towards the Climate Crisis is through speaking about it. This workshop collectively developed conversational frameworks focused on safe, comfortable and non-judgemental outreach methods.

This program is still on-going, and we hope to expand on it in late 2021.

Want to volunteer in the Hotline’s co-production? Connect with us.

Volunteer team:

Kristal Audish, Jay Carlon, Emerson Dameron, Asuka Hisa, Jacqueline Huang, Rachel Ly, Jila Mendoza, Alma Sofia Ramos, Nick Rosenblum, Leana Scott, Rahul Sharma, Tarini Sharma, Abigail Smith, Gian Maria Socci, Miles K. Stenehjem, Susannah Tantemsapya, Daniel Tovar, Rebecca van Beeck, Evan Walsh, Danny Wills, Torie Zakben, Alice Zhang

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