Monday, November 22, 2010

First COPART Climate Fluency Exchange!

The first Connecting Our Planet & Re-imagining Together (COPART) Climate Fluency Exchange (CFE),
scheduled from the 4th-10th December 2010, in Cape Town. The CFE aims to turn complex climate change information into accessible ways of knowing, as well as accessible practices in our lives. The CFE facilitates a transdisciplinary intersection between scientists and artists; activists and creatives as well as the general public.

This CFE is the first of seven scheduled between December 2010- December 2011, these are week-long social learning processes that facilitates creative and innovative participation and learning for artists, activists, scientists and the public. This event is also strategically scheduled to run concurrently with the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Activities, concepts, ideas, comments and other forms of communication will be sent to a parallel exhibition within COP16.

There will be interactive public activities scheduled for the weekend of the 4th-5th of December, which include public artworks and mobile installations/performances on trains, by the sea side, within the Company gardens and at Iziko Natural History Museum. The rest of the week we will offer a variety of different talks, presentations, film screenings & other showings of artworks/performances.

What makes this week different is that there will be facilitated artful processes that will encourage participants to explore various different artistic genres and "ways of knowing", the turn the information we will be exchanging, into real lived alternatives or practices.

If you would like to know more or find out details on how you can participate contact Dylan

The COPART CFE is kindly funded by:

Don't miss the Hout Bay Green Faire!

Have a look at this call for participation for the Hout Bay Green Faire! This looks like it could be a lot of fun!! Get in touch with them ASAP at, 072 797 0904 or 021 790 6696 if you're interested...

Please join us to trade or participate


on Sat 27 Nov

at Kronendal Primary school, Hout Bay
Please see invite attached...

We are desperately looking for artsist who can put up, or make a installation out of recycled materials on the day.

If you require any information please do not hesitate to contact us....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The first annual Eco Kids Film Initiative is CALLING FOR ENTRIES.

EKFI is scheduled to take place from October 3 to October 7, 2011, in Cape Town, SA.

Through films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational it is EKFI’s goal to inspire real change through the children of today and generations to come by promoting a proactive strategy to environmental awareness through film as medium. As part of our outreach programme the selected films will also do a short (no more than five screenings) tour of township schools after the official film festival.

The films should be between 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children. There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming; about the beauty of nature; or about a community, organization or individual that is making a difference.

Entries should reach us no later than 28 February, 2011. The filmmakers will be notified no later than 31 July, 2011.

For more information and the entry form please visit: or email Tarien Roux

I saw this on the Cape Town Talent Exchange Announcements list, and immediately decided to post it here so more people can see:


Western Cape-based NGO, Soil for Life exists to help alleviate poverty and hunger in the area by teaching people to grow their own food.

We’d like to reward the Best Soil for Life Home Food Gardeners for 2010 by awarding some really useful prizes at our annual prize-giving. If you can assist us with prizes – or know a business that can donate any of the following in good condition (new or used) - we would be very grateful: small kitchen appliances or cooking pots and utensils, bedding, clothing for adults and children, good books, toiletries and dry food stuffs.

We are also prepared to swap some of our talents for suitable prizes and collect donations in the area.

Your donation will be appreciated and acknowledged. Donations are required by Friday, November 19, 2010.

Soil for Life has helped hundreds of people to build up poor soil, dig trench beds and cultivate seedlings outside their homes to grow good, organic veggies. This means that fewer families are going to bed hungry and more people are eating healthily. In addition, people are being taught to use the exchange system to build community spirit. Skills taught include hot box methods of cooking to save on electricity, food preserving methods to deal with surplus crops, creative use of waste and a lot besides.

Visit to read more."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tyres and clay = building a centre!

Yesterday I went with Nick Ralphs from Tierra Construction Projects to look at the earth-tyre recycling centre that they're putting up in Khayalitsha. The walls are made up of tyres, earth and hard labour. They are stacked like bricks and then earth beaten in to fill each tyre - each tyre gets about two and a half wheelbarrow's worth of earth!!

They’re doing this as an iniative with one of the major waste recyclers where they will set up a ‘swop-shop’. The concept is that they will trade defective, but usable, waste-products (like pens with the logo on skew, etc) for tins, bottles, etc. This is targeted mainly at the local schools and children. It is intended that some of the revenue generated from the collected recyclables will pay a small wage to the centre manager/ess.

Nick from Tierra, and David - the other driving force behind the project - are currently receiving no funding, and are funding the project themselves. Most of the labour is voluntary too, and this is really hard work! I am currently recruiting and looking for artists who would love to join in with the final stages of their project, when the structure and openings between the tyres will be filled with tin cans, clay and straw, and creative adornments such as mosaic added (see an example of an 'earthship' below). I believe that it's going to be a lot of fun and that this is a really worthy project to be part of.

If you want to assist in any way or can help with funding/fund-raising, contact Nick Ralphs at 021 396 2577 / 084 280 7028, or If you're an artist and would like to get involved on the fun, creative side, then contact me, Janet, at

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Robyn Field's Artworks from computer waste

by Robyn Field

Saturday 10am
by Robyn Field

Formal Settlement
by Robyn Field

Escape At Sunrise (Detail)
by Robyn Field

Escape At Sunrise
by Robyn Field

Cumulitive Advantage by Robyn Field

Read about Robyn Field on the Ecojunki website's creative page!