Solarpunk Surf Club (est. 2020, United States) is an artist collective that creates and curates egalitarian platforms for surfing the waves of still-possible worlds. We elaborate on social ecological aesthetics AKA solarpunk in order to politicize, historicize, and demystify our collective utopian future.
Solarpunk Surf Club has presented projects internationally in galleries, museums, festivals, conferences, libraries, activist gatherings, and forest occupations. In 2022, our collective received the Future Art Award: ECOSYSTEM X from MOZAIK Philanthropy (Los Angeles) for our artist’s game, Solarpunk Futures.
2023 Combined Talents: Southern Futurisms, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida
2023 Halftone Zine Fest, 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky
2023 28th Slavonian Biennale (curated by Valentina Radoš), Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek, Croatia
2023 Imagined Futures, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2023 Democracy, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin
2023 Nature 2023, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea
2022 Future Places, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2022 ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM (Curated by MIPSTERZ), Rubenstein Arts Center, Durham, North Carolina
2022 TMA Contemporary, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin
2022 The Nature of the Future, Leu Art Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2022 Printmaking: A Social Practice (Juried by Tyanna Buie), SGC International, Madison, Wisconsin
2021 Homecoming, Art Lofts Gallery, UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
2020 Græn R∞m, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Madison Public Library, Madison, Wisconsin
Workshops + Teaching
Solarpunk, Art, & Social Ecological Aesthetics, Institute for Social Ecology, February 1–April 12, 2023
Solarpunk Futures: A Workshop for Utopian Remembrance
Social Ecology Summer Intensive, James and Grace Lee Boggs Center, Detroit, Michigan, July 7–13, 2023
HASTAC: Critical Making and Social Justice, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NYC, June 8–10, 2023
ISEA: Symbiosis, Forum des images, Paris, France, May 16-21, 2023
Gathering: Autonomies in Practice, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, March 29–April 1, 2023
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, March 10, 2023
21c Museum Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky, January 29, 2023
Utopian Studies Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, November 10, 2022
UNRÄUMBAR FESTIVAL, Universität der Möglichkeiten, Lützerath, Germany, September 25, 2022
Cli-Fi Con 22, Climate Fiction Conference & Utopia Awards, Android Press, October 1, 2022
Anarchist Studies Network, Anarchist Studies Conference 7, August 25, 2022
Dual Power Gathering, Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana, July 29–31, 2022
Caleb Wexler, “Technologies of Hope: Solarpunk, Solarity, and Queer-Ecological Utopia,” MA thesis, University of Chicago, 2022.
Nicole Barbara Pohl, “Solarpunk Futures by Solarpunk Surf Club (review)”, Utopian Studies, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2022.
Shana Nys Dambrot, “Ecosystem X: The Hybrid in Art History, From Monster to Survivor,” MOZAIK E-Zine, No. 2, 22-23, 2022
Leah Gallant, “Google Maps Exhibition in Four Landscapes,” MOZAIK E-Zine, No. 2, 30-31, 2022
Luka Dowell, The Roleplaying Game Helping Us Build Utopia, Solarpunk Now!, June 20, 2022.
J.D. Harlock, An Interview with Solarpunk Surf Club, Solarpunk Magazine, February 6, 2022.
Robert Evans, Solarpunk Gaming, It Could Happen Here, January 14, 2022
Justine Norton-Kertson, Solarpunk Futures: A Fun and Creative Utopian Storytelling Game, Solarpunk Magazine, December 12, 2021