Elsa is online!
Elsa – the climate calculator – is now available for students, teachers and the external film industry. It is free to use and open source.
Through the climate calculator Elsa, users can quickly monitor the climate footprint of a film project and get concrete tips for planning filmmaking in a sustainable way. Elsa is part of PhD candidate Lina Persson’s artistic research project and is created in cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Elsa can be used by several professions who want to monitor or present the footprint. The result can be exported as a spreadsheet as a way of confirming and verifying the sustainability ambitions of a production. The result is also presented in relation to political goals and gives the users tools to plan the film production so it stays within the boundaries set by, for example, the Paris agreement. The calculator is available for students and teachers at SKH, but also for the wider, external film industry. It is free and open source.
Elsa as artistic research
Artistic research is based on artistic practice and the experience and knowledge it generates. Elsa was developed and realized through Lina Persson’s artistic research project Climate-Just Worldings, in which performative narrative worlds are intertwined with the administrative reality of higher education.
The background of the research project was Lina Persson’s desire to both discover and get concrete feedback on her own climate impact in her artistic process. It led to her developing her own practice on multiple levels. That experience was something she wanted to share with others when she created the tool Elsa. Elsa is a guide, a score to shift, direct conciousness around our art practices. With shifts in attention comes other shifts. Shifts in priorities, in values, in practices, in aestetics. Read more.
The online version of Elsa (elsa.film) is co-developed by Lina Persson and Studio Benedetta Crippa to extend the original calculator to an interactive web-based app, open to the general public. In their collaboration, Persson and Crippa have used a design-based approach that prioritises communication and aesthetics.