Cambridge Festival of Ideas

 

 

 

WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE

‘In conversation’ events – part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 

Location: Faculty of English, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio

9 West Road, CB3 9DP

All events are free and on a drop in basis, no booking is necessary. The drama studio is located in the basement of the English Faculty.  Age 8+

Theatre practitioner and Lecturer Zoë Svendsen has been developing the practice of ‘research-in-public’ – after the sell-out success of World Factory (Junction) at last year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Zoë will be bringing her artistic team to Cambridge to work on the development of a new performance installation, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (for performance at the Barbican Centre in 2018).

WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE is a collaborative and immersive experiment for the invention of the future, inviting you to ‘rehearse’ possible tomorrows. From robotics to universal basic income and carbon tax, this performance installation puts people at the heart of the decision-making process by which we might transform our futures. For the Festival of Ideas, Zoë and her artistic collaborators will be working on the project in the Judith E Wilson drama studio, and inviting experts to come and respond to the raw ideas of the installation. Please join us for the following conversations:
Wednesday 18th October 4.30pm: In Conversation with: climate change modeller Chris Hope, Cambridge Judge Business School

 

Saturday 21st October:

11am In Conversation with: Sam Dyer Cambridge Community Fridge Sam Dyer, project  coordinator for Cambridge Sustainable Food  (CSF), will be explaining how the Fridge works to support the community and reduce waste. CSF is a network of individuals and organisations who support local sustainable food. There are over 50 organisational members.

 

12pm In Conversation with Catherine Rhodes Catherine Rhodes is Academic Project Manager at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, working across its research projects. Her work has broadly focused on the interactions between and respective roles of science and governance in addressing major global challenges

 

2pm In Conversation with: Renata Tyszczuk.  Renata Tyszczuk is an academic and artist whose work explores the relationship between global environmental change and provisionality in architectural thinking and practice.

 

3pm In Conversation with: Joe Smith. Joe Smith is Professor of Environment and Society, The Open University, Department of Geography, co-creator of the Stories of Change AHRC-funded project, and co-author of Culture and Climate Change.

 

4pm In Conversation with: Terry Macalister, former Energy Editor, The Guardian

Terry Macalister was until recently the energy editor of the Guardian. He is an award-winning journalist, author of a book on the Arctic and a former Press Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

 

Monday 23rd October: 4 pm Performing the future: the challenges of acting/action

In conversation with Shôn Dale Jones and Steffi Mueller:

Shôn Dale Jones, performance maker (Hoipolloi, The Duke, Royal Court).  Shôn is Artistic Director of Hoipolloi, who combine original storytelling with an inventive spirit. He is also the award-winning writer/performer behind his comic creation, Hugh Hughes.

Steffi Mueller, performance maker, designer and actor (Hoipolloi)

Works as a freelance actress, designer and workshop leader in the UK, France, Switzerland, USA and recently Greece. Steffi co-founded Hoipolloi.

 

 

                                      

Future Scenarios – concluding cafe conversation with Stephen Peake

Future Scenarios – concluding cafe conversation with Stephen Peake

Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Rd, Cambridge

Wednesday 5 July, Doors open at 7 pm   7.15 start – 9 pm

 

Zoe Svendsen was in conversation with Stephen Peake, – senior lecturer in environmental technologies at the Open University.

 

As the end of Zoe’s official residency approached, she marked the end with a unique twist. As well as asking Stephen Peake:

 

What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?

and what would it be like to live in this future system?

 

Zoe will presented a sketch of a future scenario derived from all the previous café conversations and asked Stephen Peake to act as ‘respondent’ to the scenario and imagine what it might be to live in that world with both intended and unintended consequences.

 

Zoe has previously held café conversations with: Carolyn Steel, Chris Hope, Doina Petrescu, Joe Smith, Paul Mason , Frances Coppola and Ha-Joon Chang. Further details can be found here.

 

In addition, Cambridge Carbon Footprint will held a stand exhibiting a thermal imaging camera which reveals drafts and gaps in insulation together with information on Open eco homes – opening doors to low energy homes in Cambridge.

 

 

CULTURE & CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE SCENARIOS #2DEGREESFESTIVAL

14 JUNE 2017
CULTURE & CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE SCENARIOS
#2DEGREESFESTIVAL

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB
London
UK
T 020 7650 2350

7.30pm. £5.

An evening of imagining possible futures in light of climate change predictions.

A climate scenario is a collective act of imagining a possible future in systems involving both humans and nature. They have played a prominent role in climate research, policy and communication. However they tend to be dominated by the natural sciences and economics.

The Paris Agreement set a target of limiting average global temperature increases to 1.5°C. What does a climate scenario look like which takes this ambitious goal into consideration?

The evening was dedicated to imaginative responses to Future Scenarios.  The audience hear from the team who   developed the Climate Change in Residence programme and the four artists who embarked on the first experimental year-long networked residency on the topic of Future Scenarios. They were: Emma Critchley, Lena Dobrowolska, Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendsen.

The audience was invited to consider a range of climate-changed futures and to create their own best-case or worst-case future scenario.

This event was supported by The Open University OpenSpace Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, The Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

 

To book your ticket, please click here

Cafe conversations at the National Theatre

In addition to the research in public conversations event programme, Zoe held a couple of conversations for the staff of the National Theatre. The details were as follows:

 

11th May: 5.30pm, National Theatre

Zoë Svendsen was in conversation with Paul Mason, broadcaster, film-maker and writer (Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future (2016)). Mason was formerly Economics Editor at Channel 4 News

26 June: 6pm National Theatre Studio

Zoë Svendsen was in conversation with Andrew Simms, analyst, campaigner and writer (including Cancel The Apocalypse, and Tescopoly). Simms is co-founder of the New Weather Institute, and was for many years Policy Director at the New Economics Foundation.

FUTURE ECONOMIES: A CAFE CONVERSATION WITH FRANCES COPPOLA

Saturday 10 June, 12 noon to 1.30 pm

Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB

 

The event formed part of the Two Degrees Festival. It began with a structured interview, and evolved into a conversation. Zoë  invited Frances Coppola to envisage a future scenario in response to the questions:

What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change

and what would it be like to live in this future system?

 

Future economies – a cafe conversation with Ha-Joon Chang

Monday 8 May at Hot Numbers, Gwydir St, Cambridge

Doors open at 7pm, starts 7.15 – 9 pm

Zoe Svendsen  was in conversation with Ha-Joon Chang, economist and writer (including the best-selling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism), Reader in Economics at the University of Cambridge.

She asked the questions  ‘What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change? and what would it be like to live in this future system?’

This was a free event, tickets can be booked on line at the Junction, please click here

 

Future Economies – a Cafe conversation with Ross Jones, of Manchester University’s sustainability forum, the Living Lab .

Friday 17 March, 7 pm, HOME,  2, Tony Wilson Place, First St, Manchester M15 4FN

 

Zoë Svendsen (director of World Factory, HOME, December 2016)  investigated alternative economics and our relationship to climate change. To do so, she  interviewed experts all over the UK   The evening began with a structured interview, and evolved into a conversation.

 

On the 17th March, Zoë Svendsen was in conversation about the future of global production networks with Ross Jones, of Manchester University’s sustainability forum, the Living Lab .

Martin Hess, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester  and David Alderson, Senior Lecturer in English Literature  responded.

Zoë asked the question:

What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?

& what would it be like to live in this future system?

 

Exploring climate change scenarios is not only about the changed landscape and atmospheric conditions of those situations, but also invites the question ‘how to live’ and brings with it the opportunity to ask the question ‘how do we want to live’?

 

Future Economies: A Café Conversation with Joe Smith Professor of Environment and Society, The Open University

Future Economies: A Café Conversation at Cambridge University Centre Wine bar
Date: Thursday 23 March,
Time: Doors open 7 pm, for a 7.15 pm start until 9 pm
Place: Wine Bar, University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge, CB2 1RU
Price: Free*
Zoë Svendsen was in conversation with Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society, The Open University, Department of Geography, co-creator of the Stories of Change AHRC-funded project, and co-author of Culture and Climate Change: Narratives.

Future Economies: a cafe conversation with Doina Petrescu, Professor of Architecture, University of Sheffield

In Public Conversation – Tuesday 6 February 2017

7.30pm – 9.30pm
Blue Moon Café, Sheffield
Free Event, No RSVP

Future Economies: A Café Conversation

 

On Tuesday 6 February, Zoë was in conversation with Doina Petrescu, Professor of Architecture, University of Sheffield, exploring the question of who we would be under conditions of an alternative economic future. Zoe   asked the questions:

What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?

& what would it be like to live in this future system?

Future Economies: a Café Conversation with Climate modeller, Chris Hope

Tuesday 30 January 2017, 7 – 9 pm Hot Numbers, Cambridge

Zoe Svendsen  talked policy and its consequences with Climate modeller Chris Hope, Cambridge Judge Business School asking the question  ‘What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change?& what would it be like to live in this future system?’

Exploring climate change scenarios is not only about the changed landscape and atmospheric conditions of those situations, but also invites the question ‘how to live’ and brings with it the opportunity to ask the question ‘how do we want to live’?

 

 

 

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