Raising bio-ecological awareness is of critical importance in the Anthropocene. While economists tell us that we cannot spend the same dime twice, they seem to be less aware that we cannot exploit Planet Earth twice. Accordingly, the public and political debate on how to develop healthier and more sustainable ways of living depend on other voices – including the voices of authors and artists.

This workshop takes us to the realm of art. The workshop participants will pay a visit to the famous Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt. Jens Galschiøt has become a key figure in the debate on climate change. For instance, Galschiøt has collaborated with the WWF by creating the sculpture Unbearable. The sculpture depicts a natural-size copper polar bear, impaled on an oil pipeline in the shape of a graph showing the world’s cumulative, global fossil fuel carbon emissions since the year 0. It continues along the ground for 17 metres, then rises drastically around year 1850 as human consumption of fossil fuels takes off. The graph ends in the year 2015, five meter above ground, impaling the polar bear.

Jens Galschiøt’s intense commitment, energy, and artistic talent have positioned him as one of a kind on the international and Danish art scene, both as an artist and as an activist. Dedicated to making the world’s sufferings and taboos visible and make the audience think, Galschiøt has a message and unique means to communicate it in a touching and thought-provoking – and provocative – way.

We will visit Jens Galschiøt’s studio, and he will introduce us to his work and his thoughts on how to communicate on climate change (as well as other topics, such as social justice, human rights, etc.) in a way that has impact on the public and political understanding of the issues under discussion.

Practical information

Transportation: Galschiøt’s studio is located in the Northern part of Odense. We go there with public transportation from SDU (same price as the trip to the city centre). Participants are required to pay their own transportation (DKK 24 each way).

Duration: 2-2.5 hours (without transportation time)

Number of participants: Minimally 15 participants; maximally 30 participants.