I run IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen. It is a nonprofit business, free from any political agenda. This online business was established in 2009. The webpage; iart.no, was however, created in 2007. I started the web portal to persue my joint fascination in academic writing and photography. Since I originally used my webpage to post art works, I entiteled the web portal iart.no. The web portal is also embedded in my interest in environmental and social unjustice, and it is a reaction to social and economic inequality. I have found inspiration from the domain of culture, environmental challenges, the global economy, historical incidents, the global society, art, the climate crisis, legislation and the ocean. The background I have for creating this website is that I am an educated architect (AHO), and human geographer (UiO). In my life and in every case, I try to make a system analysis, and engage theoretically in understanding what Cathedral Thinking is. The ideas of a system analysis is created, when systems and elements are displaced. This is examplified in the illustration bellow the picture of me. Nevertheless, to make a system analysis or system account, obviously makes urgent issues more complicated, and exciting! At this web portal I will try to make complexity easy, thrilling, and make you surfe on comprehensive academic problems! By this holistic perspective it is appropriate to ask the question: can we change? How can we change? Or, do we need to change at all? Cannot somebody else do the job? And, in this context, who am I and what causes do I defend? My core interests intelectually is human geography, particularly economic geography, with questions related to social and green justice, evolutionary economic geography, system theory, as well as innovation and culture – a system approach (the visual spatial learner's perspective).
On this webpage you will find essays, that supports my point of view intelectually and artistically, and shows my thrills of engaging in the complexity of urgent issues, whether these are cultural e.g. art and art institutions, the environment such as e.g. wind turbines or arguments against oil drilling, the economy such as proposing alternatives to capitalism, or psychological such as e.g. creativity and compassion. And finally this web portal also include artistical expressions, such as photography. I am a shaker, a mover, an idealistic and a creative thinker. I mix knowledge and different holistic theoretical perspectives; in some instances provokatively, or too outspoken. But, since so many people seems to be satisfied with the status quo and business-as-usual at the Planet, and we are driving in an uncomfortably high speed towards a potential front collision; a profound environmental catastroph, the time for disobedient mediators, that will shake your perceptions on reality, and utilize their freedom of speech, through cut to the core social critiscism, is currently unfolding. My freedom of speech is collective and liberal: I see myself as part of a 'democratic infrastructure' (collective freedom of speech), but I also use iart.no to express my personal commitment on urgent environmental and social, cultural and economic issues, to whom it may concern (liberal freedom of speech).
However, I am not here to put the blame on someone, but to wake you up, and inspire you to start turning stones, to scrutinize and question the nature of urgent societal matters. I am here to encourage you to take your responsibility, as a human being, to get socially connected and collaborate with like-minded or opposites, to strenghten your power and influence, through being informed, in order to positively undress the society's inherent ability to take on a more environmentally friendly stance, enhance social and economic change, as well as emphasising on cultural matters. And, YES, we are changeable! System changes are upon us, whether we like it or not, do not stay passiv! But, be a part of these thrilling changes! Try to envision. Be engaging. Inspire others. Imagine a future. Think innovatively. Scrutinize urgent societal matters. Create. Connect with others. Collaborate. Get organized in order to follow and defend your social and economic, cultural and environmental, stance! And finally, remember the power of acting in cohesion! We all have some work to do, in order to fix the Earth. By acting collectively, we will strenghten our chances, of a brighter future!
Let's shine together!
Methodologically I am particularly interested in radical interdisciplinarity and open science. Radical interdisciplinarity seeks to connect disciplines that are radically different, such as e.g. music and archeology or mathematics and culture. The aim is to bring new insights and create novelties, by connecting unexpected knowledge and strive for diversity.
Open science seeks to democratizise knowledge and to reach a broader audience. This can be seen in the language on my website, which is more colourful, than what is expected in traditional academic writings. As a writer and essayist I thrive in academic writings that exceeds the fixed box and makes a system account. The fixed box represents the learnings gained by being handed over to us from academic textbooks of theory and methodology.
As well as the radical interdisciplinarity and the open science approach, the author takes a visual spatial move or holistic stance, towards deciphering academic challenges, to seek a system understanding. It is however in the nature of human beings to be creative, intuitive and flexible and contest their given limits, such as the fixed box.
To change the world we must indeed exceed our limits! So that, hopefully, we can hand over the Earth in a more humane and equal, democratic, fairer, as well as in a more balanced state climatically and ecologically, to the next generation.
In order to accomplish these challenging system changes, we must exceed the fixed boxes we have created for knowledge, whether it is the fixed box of theory and methodology academically, the white cube in the domain of culture, or the spatial container in architecture.
To adress urgent matters from a system perspective the author; as mentioned, utilize synthesis and decomposition to understand the complexities of systems, and to criticise these systems. Another way of explaining this approach is that it is a visual spatial approach. Visual spatial learners are engeged in wholeness and holistic points of views to understand comprehensive societal patterns.
By this joint bird's-eye perspective, it is fundamental to the creative, intuitive and idealistic thinker; as the author, to at first try to understand the system, then make a system analysis, and finally to criticise it, in order to change the system. In addition, cathedral thinking is another holistic approach. Cathedral thinking ties together thinking, concepts and visions about a greater task, such as building a cathedral, to long-term action.
This superior task is doable through social collaboration or social cohesion, based on common beliefs and visions. Cathedral thinking seeks to; in collaboration, to create something larger than ourselves, such as saving the Planet we are at. System criticism, the bird's-eye perspective, the visual spatial approach and Cathedral Thinking, are all fundamental in understanding the complexities of urgent societal matters, and how to make long-term plans for action, that will lead us to accomplishing our goals. And, as uttered, in order to reach our superior goals, such as to save the Planet, we connot do this without connectiong socially, collaborate and organize ourselves. However, when urgent matters seems to challenging or to complex to handle or grasp, remember that humanity has overcome strenueous tasks together, in the force of acting jointly, before we came into existance. Nothing is impossible!
There must be suggested solutions to how radical system changes can be approached too. The solution to create system changes is most of all to contest the given rules of our societal organizations and institutions, such as by e.g. freedom of speech, civil disobedience or the freedom and resistance, expressed through the Avant-garde's and the artists' works of art. But, the key to environmental system change, is to get organized with others, and to act in social cohesion. But, also to engage in political activities that can turn ideas into actions, into regulatory practices. In order to be part of these intriguing system changes, we must not allow obstructions slow down our mindset and vitality, but search for opportunities and solutions in the present or ahead of us. But most of all, we must take responsibility as human beings and, indeed, exceed our limitations. It is, however, fundamental to fight against buissiness-as-usual, societal inertia (resistance to change), and conservative forces, as well as the familiar trap: status guo.
My expressions on this Web Portal and in national and local elections, are not tied to a specific political agenda, but tied to the politicians that will make the most out of our votes; in their political position, in order to save our Planet. And, my expressions on this Web Portal is free from support, of any political agenda. My advice for you is to find the political voice that will support your environmental ambitions, whether this political program is on the left, centre or right side of the political scale. But, do use your vote!
Whatever way you may find fitting to canalize your engagement; for the environment, your engagement is needed, as an inspiration for others, and in order to make radical environmental system changes, happen! The most important message is, do not sit on the fence, get organized with others, act right now, inspire and be inspired, but most of all – act in social cohesion!
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