Episode 4: Veins of the Planet
Climate Frequencies is a new podcast series that listens to the climate emergency and its reverberations through the ears of artists, thinkers and activists.
We begin deep in the molten core of the earth, tunnel through the rock formations under our feet before burrowing up to the soil and land, through forests, and out to the oceans ascending to our final episode into the air we breathe.
In this episode, musician and artist Natalie Sharp enters the veins of the planet: its rivers, waterways and oceans. Artist Carolina Caycedo discusses the effects that large dams have on ecosystems across the globe; whilst legal expert Erin O’Donnell talks about the fight to grant rivers the same rights as humans; and poet Alexis Pauline Gumbs asks us to consider what it might mean to become an apprentice to a marine mammal.
Presented by Natalie Sharp. Produced and sound designed by Femi Oriogun-Williams and exec produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.
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Episode 4 Guests
Carolina Caycedo is a Colombian, London-born, multidisciplinary artist known for her performances, videos, artist’s books, sculptures, and installations that examine environmental and social issues. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and nonhuman entities. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a 2021-2022 inaugural U.S. Latinx Artist Fellow and the 2020-2022 inaugural Borderlands Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Her work will be presented at BALTIC in 2022 for her first European survey (28 May – 20 November 2022).
Erin O'Donnell is a water law and policy specialist, focusing on water markets, environmental flows, and water governance. She has worked in water resource management since 2002, in both the private and public sectors. Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, Colombia, and Chile. Erin’s latest book, Legal Rights for Rivers: Competition, Collaboration, and Water Governance, is available now from Routledge.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a Queer Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all life. She is/they are the author of several books, most recently Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, and is co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust, an intergenerational experiential living library of Black LBGTQ brilliance. Alexis founded Brilliance Remastered, an online network and series of retreats serving community-accountable intellectuals and artists. Alexis’s work is grounded in a community-building ethic and would not be possible without her communities of accountability in Durham, N.C., the broader U.S. southeast and the global south.