We’re hotter than the climate! This is one of the many slogans that thousands of youngsters have been chanting regularly since last year at marches throughout the world. This unprecedented mobilisation was essentially inspired by Greta Thunberg’s action and her speech in Poland about climate change at the Katowice Conference (COP24) in 2018. The power of the young activist’s words struck a large part of our planet by highlighting the environmental and social issues of our times. Thunberg is certainly neither the first nor the only one to assert that it has become urgent to reconsider the way we live and reside in the world. It has been proven nowadays that human activity is the first cause of Earth’s transformations as well as of environmental and climate imbalance. How can these voices be heard in the long term? How can we spread their message?
It is with this issue in mind that we have structured the 35th far° festival, which radiates with its title Organic. Feeding on meetings with artists and their works, this year’s festival addresses our relationship with nature and others, human as well as essentially non-human. Organic is an interlacing of artistic projects that combine plant with human, animal and fungal life as well as the mineral and technological world. Artists featured in this year’s programme appropriate traditional know-how, collaborate with micro-organisms and examine how laws and justice might help ecosystems, while others compose with the noises of extinct animals, create social networks with viral images and insist upon creative methods that favour economic slowdown and degrowth. Organic heralds eleven days of a festival that acts like a forum to construct a sensitive approach to reality, open to dialogue and critical thought, a place where new solutions for a transition can be thought up in response to the major challenges of our times.
Véronique Ferrero Delacoste
and the far° team