As Artist-in-residence at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative 2018-19, Zoë held multiple conversations that fed into WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE – individually and in groups. Some are detailed below.
14 June 2018 Sounds of the Future 12.30-1.30pm
Zoë and WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE sound designer, Carolyn Downing, asked CCI conservationists from Birdlife, the RSPB and beyond, the following questions:
What will the UK urban environment of the future sound like?
& how might it sound if there were to be successful implementation of a rapid transition to a environmentally-aware, nature-respecting, low carbon society?
What will changes in climate and environment sound like between now and 2100?The conversation supported the creation of the sonic world for the installation, taking audiences into the sounds of the future – either into a future in which climate change accelerates and mass extinction and environmental degradation increases – or one in which we learn to balance our human desires with the needs of the planet. What sounds might become common again?
17 July 2018 12.30-1.30pm
CLIMATE CHANGE ECONOMICS and the new nature language What is ‘natural’ capital? How does it work? What are ‘ecosystem services’? What is the history of how this language has come into usage, and who is this language for? How does it enable conservation practices? What is its relation to climate change?
What kind of complete system change (social and economic) would be needed to enable nature to be recognised by the economic/political systems of the world as having intrinsic value? What kinds of value shift would be needed for this kind of change? How would nature be represented? (and how would how we think of the human in relation to that?) Are there places in the world that could act as models?
20th July 2018 12.30-1.30pm
THE RED LIST How to represent (increasing) absence in nature? This session explored the ramifications of biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, the loss of habitats, the loss of species that are not visible or cute, the destruction chain and what kinds of products and services it ends up in – or in other words, what destruction haunts what high-consumer practices we take for granted? And what do we do about it? How do we react? What local actions and systemic changes would make a difference? With WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE sound designer, Carolyn Downing, and model designer, Steffi Müller.
9th August 2018 12.30-1.30pm
FORESTS & CITIES What role do forests play globally in climate change (mitigation)? What is happening to the forests? What are the drivers of deforestation (especially of rainforests)? How can supply chains be changed or managed to prevent the biodiversity loss that comes with forest clearance? What are the politics of reforestation? Does city-life need to mean forest-loss?
How is – or could – the forest be present in the city? What would the world look like in 20 years if ideal practices were put in place, and systems (social, economic) were changed to support them? How does the relationship between cities and forests relate to provocations and concepts like half-earth, or rewilding?