Over 2020 and early 2021, between waves of COVID-19, and lockdowns, we’ve been gathered, online and offline, to keep exploring the joy, and challenge, of imagining otherwise, towards our show, Love Letters to a Liveable Future.
People: Zoë Svendsen in collaboration with Rob Awosusi, Nicky Childs, Shôn Dale-Jones, Simon Daw, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel Jones, Andrea Ling, Stefanie Mueller, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Tom Ross-Williams, and Lucy Wray.
What would it feel like to live in symbiosis with human and environmental flourishing?
Telling stories at the intersection between climate, social and racial justice, the project explores what it would be like to live in a culture that did not colonise, exploit or destroy people or the environment. In this, it imagines, as well, a world powered by motives other than profit: the desire to live well, to spread joy, to live in symbiosis and health.
Building on a decade of exploring questions of climate crisis and consumer capitalism, METIS has been developing a collaborative method for imagining otherwise with a growing network of artistic collaborators.
The method is based on the notion of ‘active hope’ – that hope is not something you ‘have’, but something you ‘do’. By focussing on ingenuity in past, present and potential future transformations, we invite people to recognise what is already possible – and how creating an alternative future is a matter of networked communities and culture, shifting the focus from individual blame to collective action in the face of climate crisis.
The project is commissioned by Cambridge Junction, produced by Artsadmin and funded by Season for Change.Season for Change