Project: ‘Localism’ is a principle that supports the local production and consumption of goods, as well as local control of government, local technologies, and local culture. Despite global trading and migrations among the ancient peoples, localism defined human lifestyles until recent centuries.

Project: ‘Localism’ is a principle that supports the local production and consumption of goods, as well as local control of government, local technologies, and local culture. Despite global trading and migrations among the ancient peoples, localism defined human lifestyles until recent centuries. As a result, the term ‘re-localism’ is sometimes used to describe environmentalists who defend aspects of this earlier way of life. Dory, Franceschini, Lee, Potrc, Superflex, and Yeh are not re-localists because they have invented new forms of local behaviors. But Fournier, Gelitin, Sherk provide examples of ‘re-localist’ strategies. As an experiment in sustainability, carry out one re-local strategy.

Research / Discussion: All of the artists in this section promote sustainability by focus on the local satisfaction of biological needs for air, food, drink, shelter, warmth etc. But there are psychological needs that also contribute to sustainability. They include: 

– Safety: protection from elements, security, order, law, limits, stability, etc. 

– Community: co-workers, family, friends, etc.

– Cognitive needs: knowledge, meaning, etc.

– Aesthetic needs: beauty, balance, form, etc.

– Self-actualization: realizing personal potential, etc.

Select any of these psychological needs and envision how they might be fulfilled locally and sustainably.