A Fatalist Heads to The Arctic Packing Hope

CIIS MFA Graduate Andrea Lynn on sound waves, the climate crisis, and traveling to the Arctic Circle for an artist residency.

Climate in Crisis: consistently minimal snowfalls in the Alps. Winter Solstice in the Austrian Central Alps/ Andrea Lynn

And yet, fortified with the vast resources, philosophies, and perspectives I gained from my integral education at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), I am going to the Arctic because I am driven to do whatever I can.

Climate in Crisis: hope lives in nature’s crevices. Rocky Mountains USA/Andrea Lynn

Even if I could successfully meditate myself into a sense of inner peace amidst the remains of the industrial revolution, I think it might be selfish: to go about focused on self and my own peace when the Earth is burning? Maybe if the whole of humanity meditated on peace the planet could be saved through a collective consciousness.

This is the intersection of scientific inquiry and my artistic pursuits, and I believe I am capable to explore this realm thanks to my time as a student at CIIS. The institute not only asks you to open new windows into your artistic inquiry but demands that you also throw open the doors to unknown disciplines that may alongside aide your investigations.

Blog of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.