Live from ClimateExistence 2016!

We’re reporting live from and posting updates as they come in from the conference and Sigtuna, April 6-8!

Send any updates either via Twitter hashtag #climexist16 or email

April 6

10.00–11.00 Registration and morning coffee


11.00–11.30 Welcome to ClimateExistence 2016 (Stora salen) – Music by Garland

11.30–12.30 Keynote Address #1: ArtCOP21 – a global cultural movement on climate change (Stora salen) – David Buckland, International Director, Cape Farewell

13.30–14.00 Plenary activity and introducing sessions (Stora salen) – Poetry by Jonas Green

14.00–15.30 Parallel sessions

“…stand still. the Forest knows where you are. you must let it find you.” — David Abram


16.00–17.00 Intervention by artist Vincent J.F. Huang (Stora salen)

Extreme Dialogue on Climate Existence (Stora salen) – Eva Bakkeslett, artist, flmmaker and activist; Hans Liljenström, Professor of Biometrics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Director of Agora for Biosystems; Andrea Nightingale, Professor and Chair of Rural Development in the Global South at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; conversation hosted by Jakob Grandin, CEMUS.

“We are fetischising carbon.” — Andrea Nightingale

“…easier to imagine a zombie apocalypse than dealing with climate change”

18:00 Art viewing with Vincent J.F. Huang (Rosengårdssalen)


21.00 Concert with Alex and Therese (Biblioteket)


April 8

08.45–09.15 Morning greetings (Stora salen) – Andri Snaer Magnason, Icelandic poet and writer

Morning greetings – Lisa Färnström, Riksteatern, Run for your life

09.15–10.00 Being and acting in the shadow of climate change (Stora salen) – Reflections and conversations in small groups


10.30–11.00 Keynote address #4: Existing in Change – A personal reflection on engagement (Stora salen) – Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, journalist and writer


Just nu på Sigtunastiftelsen. Biståndsminister Isabella Lövin ger sin personliga reflektion kring engagemanget för…

Publicerat av Sigtunastiftelsen den 8 april 2016

Change is possible […] Be the change — Isabella Lövin

11.00-12.00 Conversation: Looking back and moving forward – climate, existence and the power of engagement (Stora salen) Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, journalist and writer; Lisa Färnström, theatre director currently working with the Swedish National Touring Theatre; Bengt Gustafsson, Professor in Astrophysics Uppsala University; Conversation host: Malin Östman, CEMUS.


12.00–12.30 Concluding remarks (Stora salen) – Performance by Ida Lod

April 7


08.30–09.00 Morning greetings (Stora salen) – Ida Lod

…feel your heart. — Ida Lod

Short preview of “Breath” – Eva Bakkeslett

09.00–09.45 Keynote Address #2: Being able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise: Artistic engagement in an age of Climate fear (Stora salen) – Jan van Boeckel, artist-educator, researcher and filmmaker


10.15–11.45 Parallel sessions

3) “Stabilizing your worldview” 4) “Trust in your choice” 5) “Offer personal restraint” 6) “Political mobilization” 7) “Time and space extension” 8) “Responsability extension” 9) “Realism combined w. readiness to act” 10) “Start moving on many tracks” — Uno Svedin

13.00-14.00 Keynote Address #3: Spirituality and faith in an era of ecological unravelling (Stora salen) – Dr. Antje Jackelén, Archbishop, Church of Sweden; Introduction and host: Alf Linderman, Director, Sigtuna Foundation.

Humans are created co-creators. —Antje Jackelén (from Philip Hefner)

14.00–15.30 Parallel sessions

Så Nära Nu

16.00-17.30 Armchair conversation (Stora salen) David Abram, cultural ecologist, philosopher and writer; Dr. Antje Jackelén, Archbishop, Church of Sweden; Dougald Hine, Riksteatern and the Dark Mountain Project.

[Dougald Hine arguing against] art as a low budget version the public relationship department

…there’s a deeper faith that goes with the body, an animal faith, that unites all of us — David Abram

"Air used to be a holy medium of meaning – now it is a void where we toss what we want to avoid. …What is climate…

Publicerat av Anders Claesson den 8 april 2016

18.15 Art viewing with Bifrost (Kapellet)

Bifrost — This is the Beginning: an environmental arts-research intervention

20.45 Concert with Garland (Kapellet)