Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) was formed in 2016 by a group of people interested in the idea that art can be any activity that brings about cultural change. At the moment it has 15 members. KSCA works with people outside the arts (like farmers, scientists, planners, land custodians and entrepreneurs) in order to create useful bridges between different disciplines, and to foster cooperation between different communities. Their projects often involve grassroots experimentation and ‘learning through doing’. They are known for projects like ‘The Hemp Initiative’ and ‘An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar …’, and the events ‘Futurelands2’ in Kandos (2016) and ‘Groundswell’ in Bingara (2019).
Sometimes the most generative forms of culture - those that transform how people see and act in the world - are produced by people who don’t identify as artists and have no relationship to the art world. And we know that every area of society has a cultural dimension whether we are talking about farming, waste management, transport planning or data visualisation. The members of KSCA are interested in this question: what happens if we as artists work directly with those individuals who are driving cultural adaptation to create a better world, and applied our skills to the task of accelerating and spreading those adaptations?