Several contributions to this volume discuss the key role social and cultural processes play in the development and implementation of DRR processes. This chapter explores how the visual and performing (song) arts, prominent socio-cultural media for communication and engagement in all countries, can inform how resilience is conceptualized and enacted. The French mathematician René Thom introduced the catastrophe theory in the 1960’s. In this theory, small changes in certain parameters of a nonlinear system can cause equilibria to appear or disappear, or to change from attracting to repelling and vice versa, leading to large and sudden changes in the behavior of the system. On a larger scale, catastrophe theory reveals the existence of bifurcation points that can create deformation instead of formation, catastrophe instead of creation. These are thought-provoking points for the discipline of Visual Arts. The catastrophe stimulates for them creation or re-creation. An artist can hold a small globe of clay in their hand and make it take any form by pressing their thumbs upon it. Visual artists can change how elements of the world are perceived. Through the medium of their art they create new realities. Public exhibition of these new realities can influence and even transform how people think about and act towards the environment.
|Title of host publication||Disaster resilience|
|Subtitle of host publication||An integrated approach|
|Editors||Douglas Paton, David Johnston|
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Publisher||Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|