we know not
rehearsing possible tomorrows
rehearsing possible tomorrows
WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE is a collaborative and immersive experiment for the invention of the future that invites you to rehearse possible tomorrows. Dealing with big ideas like artificial intelligence, automation, universal basic income, carbon tax and intellectual property in the context of climate change, this performance installation puts people at the heart of the decision-making process.
Commissioned by Artsadmin for their Green Commission 2018, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE was presented by the Barbican in September as part of its 2018 season, The Art of Change, which explored how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.
Part conference, part durational artwork, part immersive installation, WE KNOW NOT invites conversation – and each ‘shift’ is opened by a visionary speaker.
So says Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet – articulating the motivation for this interactive installation: to work out who we might be in an alternative future, a future that creates a more just society, and in doing so averts runaway climate change. WE KNOW NOT draws on the plethora of contemporary visions for change – change that requires a fundamental restructuring and reorientation of purpose. The installation at the Barbican brought together people from many walks of life, participating in three different ways: as audience, as speakers, and as artists. Although these roles began as distinct from one another, they would merge across the installation – as audience members created new ideas and collaged possible futures, speakers participated in responding to scenarios, and artists played, conversed, represented and observed the action.
"This needs to keep happening"Charlie Kronick Greenpeace
This project was developed as part of the Culture and 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.
A whole series of works have been created as part of METIS Projects’ involvement with the Future Scenarios residency programme.
WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE is being produced by Artsadmin, 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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The project was originated by Zoë Svendsen in collaboration with: Emmanuella Cole, Shon Dale-Jones, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel-Jones, Alex Murdoch, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Stefanie Mueller, Tom Ross-Williams (devisers) Lucy Wray (associate director) Rob Awosusi, Andrea Ling, Lilac Yosiphon (artistic associates) Guy Hoare (lighting design) Carolyn Downing (sound design) Zoe Milton (production sound engineer) Chris Kondek (videographer) Dave Brookes (digital associate) Sam Clear (production manger) Cartonlab (installation furniture) George Tomlinson (pulley mechanism) Stefanie Mueller (model design & construction) Fiona Rigler, Vicky Lee (model assistant) Lucille Acevedo (bag design/ wardrobe stylist) Reny Morsch (bag maker/wardrobe assistant) Katy-May Boyd (bag making assistant) Mia Harris (stage manager) Jenny Skivens (deputy stage manager) Stella Kailides (assistant stage manager) Seeta Mistry (sound operator) Claire Wilkinson (research associate) Malaika Cunningham (audience response research) Louise Ash (speaker liaison/coordination) Lily Einhorn (engagement producer) Becky Edmunds (video documentation) David Caines (booklet design) Nicky Childs & Cat Harrison (producers, Artsadmin) Emily Bird (trainee producer, Artsadmin) Alison Cooke & Hilary Seaward (Metis Arts)