A short declaration of self-care
How to care for myself when exposing myself to media news? An artistic exploration
A short declaration of self-care contains 17 practical recommendations of self-care responding to the question of “How to care for myself when exposing myself to media news?”. It claims that current public media news is archaic and pretend to deliver information in a non-innovative form. We bring into question the general (mis) connection that bad news entertainment is the only way to be well informed about what is going on in the world around us. We all dare to know about the others. We wish information to bring us closer together, not to re-traumatize us emotionally and physically. We wish to bridge ignorance into compassion as well as be exposed to co-intelligent solutions to problems.
Two groups of together 15 participants met each three times. First, we watched three news media clips from April 2020. We observed the impact of news watching on our bodies. We further observed what languages and body languages are being used. We observed with our senses how information is being presented to us. In our second meeting we did a dialogue circle by David Bohm to speak about when we notice caring for ourselves when reaching out (e.g via media watching) to others. Susanne then took the findings and translated them visually. In our third round of meetings we collectively decided what aesthetic shape our findings should take to share with a wider audience. We decided that an animation film would be the right format.
All findings emerged from a series of conversations between Vance Wing-sze Lau, Ally Law, Lim Paik Yin, Cheryl Hoffmann, Pierre Golbach, Pia Lanzinger, Kathrin Wildner, Angela Dressler, Niamh DeLoughry, Kevin Flanagan, Michelle Browne, Aine Ryan, Vivien Leung, Susanne Bosch and Mónica Núñez Laiseca in May 2020.
The audio findings emerged in a series of conversations between Vance Wing-sze Lau, Ally Law, Lim Paik Yin, Cheryl Hoffmann, Pierre Golbach, Pia Lanzinger, Kathrin Wildner, Angela Dressler, Niamh DeLoughry, Kevin Flanagan, Michelle Browne, Aine Ryan, Vivien Leung , Susanne Bosch and Mónica Núñez Laiseca
The animation was created by Susanne Bosch.
CC, May 2020
The work ECOLOGY OF CARE How to care for myself when exposing myself to media news? An artistic exploration is commissioned by Heart of Glass as part of Home Work, with support from Cultural Hubs – St Helens Arts in Libraries, the Bluecoat, Knowsley Council, Rule of Threes, Sefton Council, Human Library, The Atkinson, Halton Borough Council and Culture Liverpool.
The Home Work programme invited 51 artists to create a short piece of artwork in any format, responding to the theme of “care” that could be created and shared from their own home. The work produced will be collated into a “Compendium of Care” which will be shared with communities as a document of the many ways in which we are thinking, enacting and valuing care in this moment and beyond. Projects will be shared and spotlighted by Heart of Glass, partners’ websites and social media channels.
The entire compendium of care, edited by Heart of Glass, can be found here: