5 – 9 September 2018

The Pit, Barbican Centre



Time is running out: against the clock, we need to imagine a better future.


A collaborative and immersive experiment for the invention of the future, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE invites you to ‘rehearse’ possible tomorrows. From AI and robotics to responses to climate change, this performance installation takes big ideas and puts people at the heart of the decision-making process.

Join artistic collaborators from METIS, led by director Zoë Svendsen, alongside expert speakers from economics, geography and environmental science as they outline potential scenarios to co-imagine a collective vision. Book for either a utopian or dystopian approach and explore first-hand these alternative futures from the delightful to the terrifying.

Presented by the Barbican as part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape

Commissioned and produced by Artsadmin, and is part of the Season for Change: Inspiring Creative Actions on Climate Change

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For further information about METIS and its involvement with the Future Scenarios project, please click here

This 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.


Artsadmin produces WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE. Artsadmin is an arts charity based in London’s East End, which enables artists to create without boundaries, producing bold, interdisciplinary work to share with local, national and international audiences. In 2015-16 Artsadmin supported over 460 artists with free workshops and one-to-one sessions, produced the work of 17 artists and reached audiences of 369,674 globally.

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