Episode 68 – Climatepunk – Vivienne Westwood and David Byrne

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We’re bringing the punk spirit to our climate activism in 2023!

Elise brings us through the rebellious history of fashion icon Vivienne Westwood and the politics of punk. Then Olivia covers David Byrne’s journey from new wave icon to bike enthusiast to climate optimist.

Other topics include psychogeography, the seduction of pessimism, and (not) being the only person with a plan.

Story #1: Vivienne Westwood and Punk Politics (Elise)

Manifesto, Climate Revolution
The World According to Vivienne Westwood, New York Times, December 2020
Vivienne Westwood: Activism and the Godmother of Punk, International Policy Digest, Jan 2023
Vivienne Westwood: climate change matters more than clothes, Fashion Network, July 2018
The “only way to save the world” is to ban land ownership, says Vivienne Westwood, Dezeen, Oct 2019
Vivienne Westwood: climate change, not fashion, is now my priority, The Guardian, Feb 2014
A Brief History of Punk Rock and Presidential Politics, Consequence, July 2016
Situationist International, Wikipedia

Story #2: David Byrne and Climate Optimism (Olivia)

David Byrne’s American Utopia promotional poster.

David Byrne: ‘I’m able to talk in a social group now – not retreat into a corner’, The Guardian, March 4 2018
18 Wealth Lessons from “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel (Book Summary), Kyle Kowalski, December 2020
The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel
Hopepunk Book Club on Pleasure Activism, with ItsRadishTime and Rosianna Halse Rojas
David Byrne’s American Utopia review – Spike Lee’s thrilling treat for fans, The Guardian
Amsterdam has an aquatic answer to parking, Reasons to be Cheerful
Reasons to be Cheerful
Genius lyrics
David Byrne’s brain!!!!!
Good ol’ Wikipedia

David Byrne’s bike racks (source)

The Dump

Check out Zoe Scruggs’ exhibit Double Sky at the Delaware Contemporary!!

“The title of the exhibition, Double Sky, describes a motif that recurs in Scruggs’ most recent work wherein the backgrounds of her paintings and works on paper split into otherworldly color combinations and stormy imagery… These aesthetic choices animate Scruggs’ fascination with creating alternative space – outer space, inner space, open space – for Black world making, free from constraint and toxicity.” (source)

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