Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project

Zoë is currently one of the selected artists on the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project

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’?

Each month, Zoë contributes a blog post thinking about the question of future scenarios, please click on the months below to view the blog post.

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

As part of her networked residency, Zoë has made a commitment to ‘research-in-public’. Therefore she will be engaging with experts by interviewing them in public at informal events. These events will be advertised online through the Future Scenarios project, METIS mailing lists and METIS website event pages.


Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project

The Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project is a networked residency programme, to catalyse new creative work that will encourage more open and imaginative, but also more purposeful, responses to the challenges of climate change in the present.

This project is an experiment which pilots a new residency model — that of a ‘networked residency’. Rather than a traditional residency based in one institution, this networked residency engages with a community of people across institutions and disciplines whose work, individually and collectively, informs the development of climate scenarios.

The project is the latest activity from the Culture and Climate Change programme, which is intended to bridge the gap between academia and the cultural sector – it began as a series of podcasts, events and publications available to download for free by clicking here.



This Future Scenarios project was developed as part of the Culture & Climate Change: Scenarios Residency Programme. 
The Scenarios work is led by Dr. Renata Tyszczuk. Culture and Climate Change is 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.


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June 2016 Newsletter

We are delighted to announce that we will be touring World Factory this Autumn across the UK:- produced by Artsadmin. The funding is now in place, and we are just firming up dates and venues.  As soon as the tour dates are finalised we will let you all know.   In the meantime, we have been holding university workshops, giving interactive lectures, including in Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and a round table with an exciting array of economists and social scientists.

Next week in Hay-on-Wye at the Festival, METIS director Zoë Svendsen will be discussing post capitalism and a new project (working title: Shakespearonomics) we are collaborating on with journalist and writer Paul Mason, supported by the Young Vic. The project seeks to shine an alternative lens on the underpinning economic structures that shape plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, to explore what the emergence of capitalism meant for how we represent the human.

In other news, Zoë has been awarded a place on the Future Scenarios residency programme, a collaboration between the Jerwood Foundation, the Open University, University of Sheffield, and the Ashden Trust. This is how they describe the programme:

Working with artists’ moving image, photography, installation, theatre and performance, the chosen artists will undertake a new kind of residency programme which embeds them within climate research and policy knowledge networks, rather than within one institution. They will engage with climate scenarios, and explore and extend the ways in which society engages with the range of possible future climates.

Zoe will be working with three fellow artists Emma Critchley, Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping on the Future Scenarios residency programme. For further details on these awarded places please click here.

Zoë is planning to explore future scenarios being developed by scientists, economists and geographers, to ask – ‘how would we live under those conditions, and what would our relationships to one another look like?’ We will update you as the residency develops – for more information, please click here.

With very best wishes
Zoë and the METIS team





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