Art work by: Chris Moench in collaboration with the Resilience Narratives team
This creative communications project is a collaboration between the ISET-International Resilience Narratives team and ceramic artist Chris Moench. This collaboration produced two three foot tall ceramic prayer wheels which are adorned with detailed illustrations of threat (Prayer Wheel #1) and hope (Prayer Wheel #2). Prayer wheels are an ancient art form that invite interaction. With a gentle push, the viewer can set the wheel into motion and watch as the stories “come to life.”
Viewers are invited to ponder the complex, global systems which are depicted on each wheel, and then write their reflections on a card and place them inside one of the vessels. This action makes the wheels fully interactive and opens the discussions of resource management, connectivity, and community resilience to people of diverse cultural and technical backgrounds.
In addition to the prayer wheels, the Resilience Narratives team has produced a portfolio of communications products which includes:
These products are meant to contribute substantively to the understanding of what resilience is and what it is not. Pursuing this creative communications project has opened the opportunity to explore new methods of communicating science, while honoring the nuances and complexity of the subject matter. The Resilience Narratives has allowed us to enhance the quality of communications with our intercultural and inter-disciplinary audience.
To see more of Chris Moench's work, please see: www.axisofhope.net
Citation: Fox, M., & the Resilience Narratives team (2015). A tale of two contrasting realities [Video]. Boulder, Colorado: ISET-International.
Funded by: Rockefeller Foundation