Direct from Copenhagen, Denmark - 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference - (8 – 18 December '09)

Acting as the official High Tide COP15 envoy, distinguished ecological artist Aviva Rahmani will be immersing herself in the burgeoning eco-political activism in the city and sharing her experiences with us via this daily blog.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Day 9 Copenhagen Day 8 COP15 Day 2 workshop on Trigger Point Theory as Aesthetic Activism

The seasons's first heavy wet snow is falling in Copenhagen. There are reports of violence against the demnstrators on the part of the police but I have no details. This is the first day I have no access to the Bella Center. Many have given up and gone home. The NY Times, from who Andrew Revkin is depating for a life in academia, reports that China & USA are at an impasse. There was an announcement of an intercession by Ban Ki-Moon for all parties to discuss calmly ("can't we all just get along?"). The press office is trying to help me make an alternative time for tomorrow to re-schedule my press conference and I'm waiting to hear back.

The third day of my workshop on Trigger Point Theory as Aesthetic Activism, has been really exciting. We began yesterday, by my outlining how my theory developed, how it works and how it could applied to any problem solving.

Today, we focused on three problems brought to the workshop. Fabian, one of the Climate Pirates who brought 5 ships to Copenhagen, saw his colleagues surrounded by the melee of violent police on the way to the World Culture Center where we are working. He perceives that the police are deliberately sustaining the high tension of the situation by making arrests and quick releases.

Andrew, from the University of Copenhagen, perceives that the rigidity of separations between scientific disciplines makes it impossible to great a useful knowledge base. Oleg is concerned with the empty spaces between gathering places that create social isolation.

Our task in this second day, was to overlay these individual concerns with the larger matrix of the earth, global warming and my theoretical approach and begin to see new constellations that lead to solutions. We generated about 20 large drawings and tomorrow will move on to the problem of identifying one small point of leverage, a "trigger point," which will allow us to move to a position where we can heal the disruptions that concern us each.

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