After the success of World Factory in Attenborough Centre for Contemporary Art’s opening season (November 2016), METIS are back in residence in Brighton, creating WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE, commissioned by Artsadmin. This new project explores the premise that to change the future we need to be able to imagine it, collectively. Over 10 days there will be a variety of public conversations and workshops engaging with Sussex’s research community around questions of climate change and the possibilities of thinking differently about society through looking at economic structures.
What would the best alternative economic structure be to deal with climate change? What would it feel like to live in such a world? Drawing on the work of economists and geographers from Paul Mason to Ha-Joon Chang, and Donella Meadows to Donna Haraway, these workshops explore the relationship between systems,decision-making and our perceptions of what is possible. We will co-construct the detail of an alternative economic system, and imagine what it might be like to live in it.
Working with a mixture of MA, BA, BSc, MSc students, fellows, researchers, writers & activists we explored the topics and drew maps of Brighton and the University of Sussex, modelling a future where these ideas had been implemented and imagining what it was like to live there.This residency contributed to the development of WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE.