Zoë Svendsen was artist-in-residence at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative in 2018.
As part of a residency at the David Attenborough Building, Zoë Svendsen, Dramaturg and Artistic Director of METIS, transformed CCI’s Artist’s Studio into the Factory of the Future – an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that explores challenges surrounding a transformative future.
The Factory of the Future is an ongoing collaborative and immersive experiment for the invention of the future – which puts people at the heart of the decision-making process. Everyone in the CCI community, and beyond, were invited to interact with the installation and to explore what an alternative future might be, a future which creates a more just society, and aims to assist with averting runaway climate change.
A series of workshops and conversations took place over several months where Zoë invited participants to contribute their ideas and expertise around big issues like rewilding, migration, universal basic income, carbon tax and intellectual property – all in the context of climate change. Provocations included questions like:
What’s the best alternative economic structure to combat climate change?
What can we do?
Are you a consumer or citizen?
Epic or Tragic?
Ideas and conversations from the CCI Community were fed into the development of the Factory of the Future in Oslo.
The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and nine leading internationally focused biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around Cambridge, UK.
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