Talk & workshop at The Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht

Next week I’ll be flying to the Netherlands to take part in an Urgency Intensive symposium and related events at https://www.janvaneyck.nl/ in Maastricht. Its theme is ‘on the role of art and design in times of urgency’.

The first day, on 4 November is about ‘Conversations to Redress a Fashion Disaster’ and the next day I’ll be giving a presentation for the ‘Cultural Practices and the Language of Climate Change’ section.

This day is ‘dedicated to exploring the manner in which we apply language when describing environmental crises. We wish to review and expand our vocabulary to better comprehend the links between ourselves, what surrounds us and the issues we must overcome in order to develop viable answers to the current climate disaster.’

My presentation will take place from 14.30-15.30 (followed by 30 minutes for questions)

Talk: ‘We Inherited the Apocalypse’ by Maura McHugh in collaboration with In-Lab Bait & Switch

With a focus on how to create new graphic narratives within the 2000 AD universe, Maura McHugh will use The Dead Run – her recent story arc in the Judge Dredd Megazine – as a case study in order to show how to tackle socially relevant stories within an existing franchise. The talk will touch upon issues of pollution and dumping the developed worlds’ problems into outcast communities.

Initiated by the academy’s participants Anna Moreno, Mat Do and Kent Chan, the In-Lab Bait & Switch proposes to examine fiction through different perspectives: its radical potential, failures, engenderment and dilution.

On 6 November I’ll be leading a workshop on ‘Creating Comic Books. Climate Crisis: Call and Response‘.

The hands-on workshop will consist of an introduction to creating comics; discussing the title Climate Crisis: Call and Response and brainstorming about how to entwine the world of comics with various climate urgencies; shaping and executing narratives; and reflecting on the process.

Thanks to The Jan van Eyck Academie, and its current artist participants Anna Moreno, Mat Do and Kent Chan, for inviting me to take part in this marvellous conversation.