FRINGE COP28 Project: Bridging Art, Science, and Climate Justice

The FRINGE COP28 project, a collaborative effort led by Rosa Cisneros, and PhD students Yousef Saddat and Yang-Sarah B Mohama, was a unique endeavor that addressed the elitist and oppressive structures of COP28. It posed the question, 'What Can We Do In Sheffield?' and invited responses through a series of public events, including workshops, panel discussions, and art exhibitions. Artists, researchers, schools, and community members all contributed their unique perspectives on local climate justice efforts. The project also saw the production of a short film and a children's book, showcasing the diverse talents and interests of the team.

The FRINGE COP28 project, a collaborative effort led by Rosa Cisneros, and PhD students Yousef Saddat and Yang-Sarah B Mohama, was a unique endeavor that addressed the elitist and oppressive structures of COP28. It posed the question, ‘What Can We Do In Sheffield?’ and invited responses through a series of public events, including workshops, panel discussions, and art exhibitions. Artists, researchers, schools, and community members all contributed their unique perspectives on local climate justice efforts. The project also saw the production of a short film and a children’s book, showcasing the diverse talents and interests of the team.

The project was inspired by the screen dance work LifeStrings (2022), a RosaSenCis production focusing on climate change, trauma, and heritage, drawing on Roma feminism. It produced the final film in the climate justice screen dance trilogy, premiering at Fringe COP28.

As part of the initiative, PhD student Yang Sarah Mohamad organised the Slow Burn: PGR Poster Competition-Symposium on Environmental Sustainability, a unique event that blended artistic creativity and science. This symposium was a platform for young researchers to showcase their work and engage in meaningful discussions on environmental sustainability. Yousef Saddat led a Sustainability and Storytelling workshop and an Environmentalism Seminar, culminating in the ‘Echoes of Earth Concert: Tales and Tunes from the Iranian Folkloric Land.’ This event, which honoured Iranian environmentalists and explored the role of nature in Iranian literature through postcards, video clips, and poetry, was a unique blend of art, culture, and environmental activism. Special guest Lisa Ellis, a poet with a scientific background, recited poems inspired by nature, enhancing the evening’s focus on grassroots narratives as a powerful tool against the climate crisis.

The FRINGE COP28 project bridged the gap between creative expression and scientific understanding by combining artistic and storytelling approaches with scientific perspectives in new, exciting, and engaging ways that peers outside academia easily understand.

You can read more about the project here.

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