The art of sustainability
The art of sustainability
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letter from the board
THE ART OF SUSTAINABILITY
The Art of Sustainability
As our society takes on more social responsibility and action, this year DANSIC22 used art to help people understand, express, share and implement the complex concept of sustainability.
Today, more than ever, sustainability challenges require us to undergo changes and to transform the human - nature relationship, and we strongly believe that art can bring to the surface the significance of this interconnection. The Art of Sustainability event is intended to provide a perspective on the world in its current state and raise awareness for issues that artists and DANSIC members are passionate about. We believe that art is a powerful tool to help people reflect upon the role they have within the society, help the audience to better understand complex issues, create a sense of community and encourage everyone to take action.
Volume , Copenhagen
THE ART OF SUSTAINABILITY
Event, carefully planned for you
The event was all set exhibited on the 30th of April 2022, at the ‘Volume’ in Copenhagen, a very special space where industrial history is embraced and nothing but raw expression is produced and shared. This location has seen such a diverse range of events from concerts to conferences. A place where culture is exchanged and expressed within a professional framework. And this very location was DANSIC22’s medium to showcase individuals involved in the theme of Sustainability and to reach out to you, under the perfect limelight. Food trucks, a groovy DJ atmosphere, and artistic culture all around. The presence of ‘Volume’ as a space, materials for supporting the event as well as the major aspects for facilitating an interaction between the creators and the consumers, are all significant factors in the success of the event. The pool of students along with the local community, need a carefree and inspiring space to be receptive to the creations. As likewise for the creators, who can surely use this opportunity to reach out considerably more. This event started to come to fruition back in the summer of 2021, as each new year of DANSIC the Board Members are responsible for looking within to see what inspires them.
The Board hones in on the passions to create a concept for the next DANSIC year. For DANSIC22 the Board aimed to push both themselves and the organization to put an event drawing from their own love for creativity and an investment in taking action towards the ensuing climate crisis. The entire team has been so far nothing less than inspired, with each day of effort, researching and brainstorming for shaping out every step of the pathway to this event. It may be evident that all we must have thought of was how glorious, successful we crave our event to be. However, you are the secret to the energy we have had and the prideful harvest of our journey. Of course, everyone celebrates the final achievement, but absolutely none of that would be even remotely possible without the intention and passion put into the process by all the various departments and togetherness of the members. Thankfully the flat structure of the organization, where egos are out the window and rivalrous boundaries are non-existent. If you have an idea, your voice is not just effective, it’s paramount!
With this event, artists and other participants came together and inspired each other.
24 artists were present to exhibit their works and share their ideas with the public.
MAJ PERLER Line is recreating the beautiful flowers we see around us by using pearls and metal string. Her pearl flowers can last years, if not decades, and are a small supplement to the flowers you also have in your home.
HAFNIA 22 Hafnia TwenyTwo is a chic sustainable brand. Most of the creations made by Hafinia TwenyTwo are beautiful bags ranging from mini bags, shoulder bags, big bags and more designs coming soon. The bags are created from leftover fabrics and over materials, giving them a unique look. @majperler
OUR SHIFT Our shift is an activist sustainable clothing brand. All of the clothes created are made from upcycled materials combined to create new designs, with the strong message of improving the fashion industry. Our shift’s mission is to promote awareness around the effects of the fashion industry’s overproduction.
Tine Copenhagen Tine Bizner is a Copenhagen based artist. Her creations have a focus on sustainability and everything made by hand, sewing and knitting in free frames, colours and joy. She is specialised in patch work, which gives all of her creations a beautifully homey look.
Strom Jordet @tine.copenhagen
Marianne is the creator behind Stromjordet. She started drawing faces on recyclable objects and seeing the used things as canvas, with a live and more stories to tell. By painting on used objects she is able to prolong the lifespan they have.
Munk & Loua Munk&Loua wants to make sustainable textiles more accessible, both for the end consumer and for other designers. They challenge the conventional linear way of producing textiles and instead approach their design process with the goal of circularity, material curiosity and creating long lasting quality.
Min Ven Kir Min Ven Kir is a universe of quirkiness and curiosity where each work tells its own personal story. A place where unique works are created with a playful approach. The mind being present in the creating process and a sustainable mindset are essential to Min Ven Kir. All her work is made slowly by hand, and her flowers are made to last for years, not only in our hearts, but on the planet too.
Schoen Studio Amalie’s goal is to provoke the viewer about the environment to a point where it sets a question mark about values and the world. She makes her designs on recycled paper mostly by demand so she does not have an overflow in stock. @min.ven.kir
Lil Lyrstrand Lily Lystrand is a versatile artist with abilities to create paintings and clothes, often combining the two mediums. She finds inspiration in nature. Her love for it influenced her to use sustainable materials for her art.
HElena rar Helena RAR makes all jewellery by hand in her own workshop in the middle of beautiful Copenhagen, from earrings , necklaces , bracelets to rings , which Helena herself has a penchant for. Fall in love with one of the elegant collections or design your own unique piece of jewellery with your old jewellery that needs new life.
Marie Charlotte Harbon @helena_rar
Marie Charlotte has been making paper clips for over 30 years. The motifs range from various animals, such as birds, elephants and dinosaurs to croquis females. She also likes to make city motifs with towers, spiers and domes as well as castles and fantasy castles.
Alberte Keiding Albi’s hand tufted rugs, and wall art is a creative adventure in a new way of seeing the world made by a creative mind. She is a tiny one person company doing what some call “slow-work” as her art is a way of slowing herself down.
Jewellery by Anna Deletaille Anna Deletaille designs jewellery with a sustainable approach as all her jewellery consists of recycled silver. The inspiration for the jewellery comes from the sea and its many shapes. All items are customized and made to order in Copenhagen.
Conscious Fashion Fair The Conscious Fashion Team is a volunteer-based group of people that have joined each other to make the fashion industry a better one. They want to transform our world through conscious and durable fashion.
Proletar Teater Proletar Theatre is a green theatre association that strives to develop new sustainable and resource, conscious methods through performing arts. They deliver artistic productions, hold open workshops and teach performing arts and the resource - conscious artistic practice. @proletarteater
Harmony Knots Harmony knots, as the name suggests is a brand that makes unique handmade sustainable macrame. The plant hangers are made only from recycled cotton, which truly highlights the harmony with nature. The brand not only protects the world by upcycling materials but also gives a great way to make your plant collection even more beautiful.
23kvarts Luna is a local artist, who creates jewellery from glass. Her goal is to make something timeless and unique that can beautify people’s lives. In her perspective time brings beauty to art, and art is meant to last. She wishes to make consumers aware of the products they buy and ask; where, how or even who are they made by? @23kvarts
Papir Viveca created Papir as a colourful, whimsical space, where she could doodle, design and create, and of course surround herself with her favourite material - paper. As an artist, she wants to take a sustainable approach to creating. With Papir, she focuses on creating art and objects that will last and ensuring the least amount of waste possible in the process.
Kathrine Kjærsgaard Kathrine is a textile rug decorations artist. Her goal is to establish a place where she can bring colour to people’s homes in a sustainable way and continue to pursue her creativity. As she thinks that sustainability is a necessity in modern society, she hopes her designs can be a beautiful reminder of just that.
Løs På Tråden Løs På Tråden, is a sustainable brand, located in the heart of Copenhagen. The brand is built on the idea that recycling is the path to sustainable fashion. All designs from Løs på Tråden are created from recycled materials and focus on minimising waste in production. All materials are carefully hand-picked by the designer behind - Henriette Winther. @loespaatraaden
Jeppe K. Ringsted Jeppe is a print artist making posters on handmade paper by using serigraphy and suminagashi methods. The artworks are inspired by the nature and made using nontoxic ink to make sure the ecosystem in the water is not affected, while also bringing an interesting dive into Jeppe’s mind and fascinating designs.
Eva Tor Hansen Eva has been an avid collector of all sorts of discarded stuff since her childhood. She started making sculptures in 2012/2013 when she found earlike fungus and troll like wooden lumps. Her art is sustainable being made out of scrap metal and natures leftovers - sticks, seedpods, fungus or seaweed.
Slow Rabbit Slow Rabbit started back in 2015, as an idea in a textile workshop in inner Copenhagen. The concept was to create a usable design that is not harmful to the environment. To be true to the sustainable line they strive for, they use vegetables and flowers from the garden for the natural colours.
“It’s important that we act now, even if it’s in small acts - a little goes a long way.” Amalie Schønnemann
We are deeply thankful to all artists for collaborating, and helping us to encourage everyone to take action, while bringing beauty to the world!
WHY SUSTAINABLE ART
Why sustainable art? Sustainability is a word that can frequently become overly saturated with use to the point that many don’t know the meaning of the word at all. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as “able to continue over a period of time” but it can also describe a certain lifestyle of meeting our own needs without negatively affecting future generations from meeting their own needs (McGill University, https://sdgs. un.org/goals). This idea arose from the necessity to place an important link between environment, human livelihood and economic development. But as a young generation with common concern for the environment, and a passion for disturbing the status quo, we want to redefine what sustainability means.
The word evokes a certain image, and a feeling connected to it, when we hear it in our daily lives. When you think “sustainability,” you might think of recycling waste or cleaning the oceans, and protecting our rainforests, which is connected to such a meaning of the word, but it only encompasses a fraction of what it means to be “sustainable”. This word does not only limit itself to only the environment, but also extends into both economic and social development. We can all lead a sustainable lifestyle in many ways, beyond recycling and using less plastic, begging the question, in what forms does sustainability exist around us?
WHY SUSTAINABLE ART
The three pillars concept is the imminent result of the academic literature about social and ecological perspectives on different circumstances and issues relating to the environment. The concept was first introduced in 1987 and covers the notion of sustainability as the intersection of Economic, Environment and Social aspects of the current age we live in. The article mentions that the descriptive fields that represent the pillars are in a way arbitrary. There are no strict parameters or a defined meaning of sustainability, most favorably leaning towards an open concept that can be interpreted in many different ways. Sustainability can be viewed differently and it is definitely not defined only by one action. These pillars work symbiotically to upkeep the broader scale of sustainability itself: Environmental. This pillar often gets the most attention, focusing on a commitment to protecting the environment by minimizing carbon footprints, water consumption, and other potentially damaging actions to the environment. Earth’s delicate balance of cycles in climate, water, carbon, nitrogen and so on is deeply impacted by humans. To keep this balance, we must focus on preserving natural resources, reducing waste, and being aware of our carbon footprints.
Economic. It’s important to participate in an economic system that is responsible and encourages ethical production, distribution, and consumption. Companies must make a profit in order to survive, but these profits cannot be held above the other two pillars. In other words, companies cannot make a profit at the expense of the environmental and societal factors. To do this, many companies often opt to use renewable raw materials or craft their own products from recycled items. Regulation is key in this pillar, with governmental incentives to create a more sustainable market!
Social. Society is an often overlooked aspect of sustainability, but is dedicated to understanding and managing the positive and negative effects of business on people. Companies have a direct or indirect impact on what happens to their employees, value chain workers, consumers, and local communities, so it is critical to manage these impacts proactively. However it is not just about the companies and social sustainability may be seen everywhere. It may be in elementary or secondary schools, health care, housing or workplaces.
WHY SUSTAINABLE ART
In current times, the world has transitioned into a bubble of even higher complexity than before, and with it the definition of what it means to sustain has adapted accordingly. The existence of humans has fused with the advancing technology of the machines around us. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram have revolutionized what it means to communicate in the 21st century, bringing out a paradigm shift not only in the way we communicate, but also absorb information, in various ways and forms. Long gone are the days of longform texts and literature, as we now embrace and enjoy the advent of snippets, memes, and other forms of ‘idea deliveries’ to learn about what we can do to help the earth get back to thriving. Here are five things you can do to become more sustainable today. Shop wisely. From impulsive purchases to fast fashion, purchasing without thinking about the aftermath of the impact is detrimental to the environment. Try to buy objects that are truly necessary and that are going to last for a longer period of time. (Kick Zara to the curb and try buying from a Secondhand or eco-friendly shop instead!)Avoid the NFT craze. NFTs have ained immense popularity in recent years and allowing people to gain ownership of things like digital art, videos or images.
Unfortunately this new market has detrimental effects on the environment due to high energy consumption, generating 38 million tons of CO2 per year (more than the carbon footprint of Slovakia)! So it’s best to steer clear of these harmful transactions! Bike, walk and use public transportation more often. Besides the health benefits biking and walking brings, it also reduces your carbon footprint. Taking the bus, train or any public transportation is another way of reducing your contribution to the carbon emissions in our atmosphere. Exercise your right to vote. Believe it or not, voting is a part of sustainability! Choosing representatives that support green policies and initiatives is vital to the fate of our planet and the ability to make changes. (Your vote counts so make good use of it!) Flex your artistic muscle. No matter your art skills, you can make your voice heard on both personal and global issues! If you want to send an impactful message about environmental issues or have a hobby that has zero to small waste, sustainable art is your answer. Find your inspiration in the things you already have laying around your home, or that could be saved from becoming waste. (One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!)
Sustainability is versatile, which makes it easy to adopt certain habits that can help the environment, as we encourage our volunteers here at DANSIC to do and lead by example.
THE Danish Social Innovation Club is Denmark’s largest volunteer platform for social innovation.
The overall vision of DANSIC is to contribute to the creation of a society that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
We are a professional, voluntary and non-profit organisation run by both, ambitious Danish, international students and recent graduates. DANSIC aims to assist and inspire different actors in society, with the use of social innovation and interdisciplinary work, to solve some of the greatest current societal challenges. We do this in the hopes of creating a society that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. DANSIC’s mission is to deliver an annual event focused on current societal issues through building partnerships with national and international governments, businesses and non-profit organisations. These events are held to raise awareness and investigate potential solutions for challenging systemic and environmental issues whilst prioritising social progress. DANSIC aims to engage in these challenges through a collective approach that focuses on the mobilisation and empowerment of student volunteers. This diverse platform stimulates inspiration and innovation that can redefine social, environmental and economic sustainability. To achieve the vision of DANSIC wishes to create a movement in society that educates citizens on a global scale of the positive impact that social innovation can bring forward. In doing so, we want to inspire the creation of new products, services, organizational forms and business models that are targeted to solve current societal challenges.
1 Sienna severns
4 Mateo Luis Vaccaro
8 Aimée Stapleton Graphic designer
2 Valeria Esteban Caballos Diaz
5 Chang Zhou
3 matej tropp
6 Madalina Croitoru
11 Kadeisha Sørensen
9 Camila Chico Videographer
10 HElena Gavela
12 Iza Hetmanowska Graphic designer
13 Cerasela Dinu Event manager
7 Vatsal Guruvayurappan Content writer
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10 12 11
14 Lana Bukovac
18 Elisa Casciano
Sustainability event specialist
21 Marta Villalon Trigueros
25 louis durkee Funding coordinator
15 Maëva Naya Event specialist
16 Ilaria Izzi Event specialist
19 Michaela Cubinkova
22 Lucila Bruzzo
Events graphic designer
20 Eugenia Barrio
23 Mugove Savanhu
27 Edoardo Zanini Vallin
17 Ana dzelalija
26 Tamas Ambrus Finance executive
24 marcus corfitzen
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LETTER FROM THE BOARD
Letter from the board For us, the DANSIC22 journey started back in August when we had the honor and great responsibility to decide the path the Danish Social Innovation Club took in its 11th year in action. Holding onto DANSIC’s core ideals of social innovation and entrepreneurship, while also striving to give back to the Copenhagen community, we were able to bring forth a project close to our hearts. Through sharing our passions, we found the perfect mix of caring for our world and enjoying its beauty, explored through sustainability and art. As two people who have grown up worlds away, we were still able to see the importance of promoting a sustainable lifestyle that can help to mitigate the climate crisis that is ensuing around us. Along with this, our love for creativity, being artists in our personal time, gave us the idea to add our own personal twist on such an important matter, bringing these two ideas together to create something new and inspiring. We wanted to take this opportunity to lead DANSIC into its most creative event to date, The Art of Sustainability. This idea inspired us to grow the DANSIC22 team to 28 amazing volunteers over the past 9 months who were able to share in our love for art and activism towards a more sustainable world. Though it was not a straightforward road, with many different unforseen trials, the journey has ultimately brought us together as a team of young people who were determined to leave our mark. We want to sincerely thank our team of DANSIC volunteers on the HR, Finance, Events, and Communications teams. Bringing these bright minds together to create this event has been such an inspiration to see what can become possible through hard work and youthful creativity at its finest. Teamwork was fundamental in the way we were able to connect with corners of the Sustainable Art community we had no idea were there but have greatly grown to admire. We had the great pleasure of working with new artists, as well as with artists we have appreciated long before for their fierce artistry and commitment to what’s best to our planet. After many months of curating the list of who best reflected our ideals for this event, our team had found 22 amazing artists that we knew could inspire others through their work. We thank the artists participating in The Art of Sustainability for being our shining stars who took the chance to work and open up to a team of students and recent graduates who are now their biggest fans. DANSIC22’s mission is to inspire participants to #CreateConsciously and inspire others to live their most sustainable life through the colorful lenses of art. This would not have been possible without the support of great partners like Venture Cup, Actory, and DISIE (The Danish Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship). Likewise our loyal sponsors KU I+E Fond and Tuborgfondet for their constant moral and monetary support to carry out DANSIC’s yearly projects. At the end of the day DANSICer’s ideas are made a reality only with help from organizations like these that share the vision and help us realize it. The DANSIC22 team thanks you wholeheartedly for seeing that young people are able to make an impact on the world, even in a time when it can seem impossible. We’d also like to thank the DANSIC21 board members, Riccardo Vide, John Tran, and Ana Rita Lopes for engaging us as board members to take this journey with DANSIC22. We greatly appreciate their guidance in navigating our administrative responsibilities to make this year’s DANSIC a success. Lastly, but certainly not least, we would like to thank those who chose to attend The Art of Sustainability event. We hope that we could inspire you with these great artists and environment to make the choices that are not always easier, but have the impact to sustain the planet for generations to come. Valeria Esteban Caballos Diaz and Sienna Severns
Valeria Esteban Caballos Diaz and Sienna Severns