Germinar-t: a community based degrowth art residency
To create a space at the intersection of degrowth and art is necessary, because the arts are powerful in kicking us out of our mental and practical routines. They tickle our imagination and help us co-create alternative, desirable futures. They can mobilise for socio-ecological change, as they transmit more than we can rationally grasp. To respond to the need of taking this discourse about art and degrowth to an embodied level, we created a community based degrowth art residency. Germinar-t took place from the 4th to the 11th of December 2022 in the eco-community Sunseed, in the off grid village Los Molinos in Almería, Spain. The group of participants consisted of fourteen activists and artists. The first two days were dedicated to integrating with the social tissue of local communities, the landscape and putting some degrowth lenses and boots on. The group explored the intersections of ecovillages, degrowth transitions, environmental justice struggles and the arts, connecting the local and the global. Several groups were formed to create and exchange tools for art based degrowth practices. In this session we present processes and reflections which sprang from the artistic investigations and moments of conviviality. Afterwards, we open the space to discuss with the participants a set of practices for art-based degrowth and degrowth-based art; values of community, conviviality, interdependence, deep democracy, global justice, decolonial feminisms and political ecology.