International network
for contemporary
performing arts

Réseau international
pour les arts du spectacle

Rete internazionale
per le arti performative


Internationales Netzwerk
für zeitgenössische
darstellende Künste

Международная сеть современного 

Red internacional
para las artes escénicas

Internationaal netwerk
voor hedendaagse

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Rede internacional
para as artes performativas

الشبكة الدولية
لفنون الأداء

í sviðslistum

Xarxa internacional
d'arts escèniques

Rhwydwaith rhyngwladol
ar gyfer celfyddydau
perfformio cyfoes

Rrjeti ndërkombëtar
për artet skenike

Διεθνές δίκτυο
για σύγχρονες
παραστατικές τέχνες

Međunarodna mreža 
za savremene 
scenske umjetnosti

Mezinárodní síť 
pro současné 
divadelní umění

International netværk
for kontemporær

Internasionale netwerk
vir kontemporêre
uitvoerende kunste

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Nemzetközi hálózat
a kortárs


líonra idirnáisiúnta
na taibhealaíona

Starptautiskais tīkls
skatuves mākslai

Netwerk internazzjonali
għall-arti performattivi

Międzynarodowa sieć
na rzecz współczesnych sztuk

Internationellt nätverk
för samtida

Međunarodna mreža
savremenih izvođačkih

Международна мрежа
за съвременни
сценични изкуства

Rrjet ndërkombëtar
për arte skenike

Міжнародная сетка
перфарматыўных мастацтваў

Međunarodna mreža
za suvremene
izvedbene umjetnosti


kaasaegsete etenduskunstide

현대 공연 예술을 위한 국제 네트워크

Tarptautinis tinklas
scenos menai

Интернационална мрежа
за современа
изведувачка уметност

شبکۀ بین المللی
برای هنرهای نمایشی معاصر

Rețeaua internațională
pentru artele spectacolului

Medzinárodná sieť
pre súčasné
scénické umenie

gösteri sanatları için
uluslararası iletişim ağı

Green Academy - Episode 02

Green Academy Seminar Series - Episode 02: How to Build a Beast: Changing the World with Wonder and Joy by Isaac Yuen

American conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote that “one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Creatives working on topics of sustainability and ecological literacy constantly grapple with the emotional toil that stems from dealing with accelerating climate change, biodiversity loss, and other complex environmental issues. Lurking behind the struggle to affect lasting change are the constant existential questions: How can we truly create in the midst of constant grief and despair? What genuine impact can our work have? What kind of future are we striving towards?

In Episode 2 of The Big Green online seminar series, Isaac Yuen joins us in conversation to explore the role of wonder not only as a source of artistic inspiration and personal motivation, but as a strategy of resistance for creative expression in a world of social and ecological wounds. We will speak on the “wonder writing” philosophy at the heart of Yuen’s latest essay collection, Utter, Earth: Advice on Living in a More-than-Human World, the necessity of finding the extraordinary within the mundane, the importance for eco-narratives to embrace a diverse range of emotional tonalities, and the roles that thought experiments and utopian dreaming play in articulating more radical and subversive modes of living more sustainably on this planet humans and non-humans call home.

A first-generation Hong Kong Canadian writer, Isaac Yuen holds degrees in environmental science, engineering, education, and communication. He is the co-author of Atlas der ungewöhnlichen Klänge: Eine Reise zu den akustischen Wundern unserer Erde (Atlas of Unusual Sounds: A Journey to the Acustic Wonders of Earth) with Michaela Vieser, published in German with Knesebeck Verlag. His latest nature essay collection, Utter, Earth: Advice on Living in a More-Than-Human World, was published in 2024 through West Virginia University Press.

Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Isaac’s short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published and anthologized across Canada, the UK, and the US. He was a 2019 writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Literature in Switzerland, a 2023-2024 Science Meets Fiction fellow at the Hanse-Wissenshaftskolleg (HWK) Institute in Advanced Study in Germany, and an upcoming artist-in-residence with the La Napoule Foundation in France. Isaac currently lives and works in Berlin.

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About Green Academy
Pro Progressione's Green Pillar emphasizes the integration of artistic practices with the more-than-human environment. We lead and collaborate on various projects, focusing on sustainability and connecting artists with critical environmental issues.

Although these events are directly linked to projects such as The Big Green, we aim to provide an open platform for the cultural and creative sectors, inviting our partners to join the Academy. Following our 2024 pilot phase, we plan to organize five more lectures next year. These events are open to registered participants and offer not only learning experiences but also the opportunity to form a community of professionals dedicated to environmentally conscious art.

If you would like to attend, you can register here:

(After registration, we'll send you the Zoom link some days before the event)

You can read more about the Green Academy here:

The Big Green project behind Green Academy is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.