Why Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words? - Part 1

The Creative Climate / Episode 5


For Episode 5 - Why Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words? - Visual Art & Activism, our host, Perry Serpa discusses anxiety on the eve of the 2020 general election before a stimulating conversation with internationally acclaimed artist/activist twosome Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey. Heather and Dan fill Perry in about their current thing, a reactive UK based initiative called Culture Declares Emergency formed in 2019 as a response to the global climate and ecological emergency. The initiative has, since its inception, found support with a wide range of artists and organizations, including Akram Khan, Cornelia Parker, Antony Gormley, Brian Eno, Tate Galleries, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Somerset House amongst 1000+. An offshoot initiative, Music Declares Emergency, found 'declarers' in Billie Eilish, Radiohead, The 1975 and many others.

Then, for Hottest On Record, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Joe Sumner contributes a brand new track, "Hope," recently used for a successful get out the vote Headcount campaign in the form of a singalong chorus video featuring Ben Folds, Patti Scialfa, The Fantastic Negrito, Juliana Hatfield, Gaby Moreno, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC's Morning Joe) and Sumner's famous dad (Sting). The "Hope The Vote" chorus video enjoyed concurrent debuts on the aforementioned Morning Joe and Rolling Stone. You get to hear the full track on the Creative Climate Podcast, which will kick off Sumner's forthcoming album, "Sunshine In The Night," due out next year. 

In case you're wondering, Serpa's co-host, Kirsten Spruch, is out on assignment and rejoins for Episode 6.

-- Perry Serpa, co-host