Our economic, political and cultural systems seem bereft of the solutions to the problems they have created. For centuries, our dominant settings have been singular, linear and binary. Unsurprisingly, our species is in deep conflict with itself and the earth on which its continuity depends.
How do we move forward with care and respect for the earth? How do we live in the world without causing further damage? How do we live today to create better tomorrows? If the old ways are incapable of providing solutions to problems or, as author Elizabeth Kolbert says, made worse ‘by people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems’ then we must look elsewhere for inspiration.
For artists, scientists and technologists, it is an extraordinary time. Art is built on the act of imagination; science demands unflinching curiosity in the space between fact and fiction; technology embraces the impossible. Our global, interconnected ecology means our actions have multiple consequences, not just in other disciplines but in other sectors, communities, societies and systems. It has always been so, but never so palpable.
Curated by David Pledger in collaboration with an outstanding circle of artists and thinkers, the program has been configured for these mercurial times as a limited series event.
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