To understand Extinction Rebellion (XR), you must start with its value system, or “axiology,” says André S. Clements, of South Africa. The ten principles give rise to an ethos of autonomy, André says, which allows individuals to connect to the organization and deliver whatever particular skills and energy they have.
The third principle – “We need a regenerative culture,” with its emphasis on “care” – is particularly meaningful to André, because it relates to his practice as a visual artist.
“The crux of caring is about, in the first place, paying attention,” he says. As an artist, “I’m paying attention, and there’s a quality of relationship in that. … And that caring expands out into the audience and into the world.”
Extinction Rebellion showed André a route from capturing images of the world to taking action. He serves Extinction Rebellion South Africa on their media and message team, as part of their strategy circle, and on the International Support Team working on regenerative culture.
André is also an incisive and original thinker, examining the “cybernetic construct” of XR through the lens of Nietzsche’s “will to power” and the Enneagram, to reach for alternative perspectives on humanity’s dire predicament.
You can see some of André’s art – which involves the superposition of photographic images – on his artist’s Facebook page.
Find Extinction Rebellion at https://rebellion.earth/.