Seoul, South Korea—Last October 29th, I was invited to give a talk and workshop at Bio-Art Seoul in Gwacheon National Science University. I love Korea and did a similar workshop in last year’s event, so it was lovely to be back.
The kids ranged from six to nine years old, and so I didn’t speak much—children generally like to get busy with their hands. I held an olfactory workshop where kids brought raw materials that they want to make perfumes of. This relates to The Apocalypse Project‘s The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, a perfume line of things we would lose because of climate change.
Doing a chemical distillation at such a young age was quite a feat, and I was nervous doing it with them in the beginning. But the parents were quite helpful and the kids loved smelling things.
Afterwards, we held a Futures Workshop where kids designed things based on certain prompts. So they designed future clothing, shelter, and other things.
I think citizen science is a great way for kids to learn, and makes a great activity with family!
Children are a very important part of my practice, and they are also some of the most vulnerable to climate change. I definitely think they should be involved in this conversation as young as possible.
Many thanks, Dr. Sunghoon Kim of Seoul National University Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center for the kind invitation, as well as the Bio-Art Seoul 2016 staff for assistance and translating!