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Dialogues with Tomorrow - Book & Web Launch


Fri 25 Nov 2011, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: silverharry

Join us as we celebrate the launch of a beautifully designed publication and website of the texts from Dialogues with Tomorrow 2010. A series of stimulating not lecturing lectures, combining art and science, produced by Now Future.

Enjoy a drink and conversation at Downstage Theatre as we continue the discussion on the role of the imagination in envisaging a sustainable society.

Books will be on sale for the special price of $10 (cash only).

There will also be readings and perhaps signings if you are very lucky.

The genesis for Dialogues with Tomorrow was the desire to bring a cultural perspective to the looming climate crisis. We began with the aim of bringing artists into the discussion around climate change, to add some complexity to what had become a relatively simplistic understanding: a) humans are responsible for the warming of the planet b) the warming of the planet leads to disaster c) now, panic and feel guilty and/or too overwhelmed to think or act.

It is this, the stuff that emerges out of and between discussions, which the audience/reader/listener works with and which is so important to preparing the ground for change. We hope this new book and website will continue to prompt and foster both preparation and action.

In an attempt to unpick panic, to examine our sense of agency and control (or apocalypse), and the potential for arts-led pathways out of a clouding atmosphere, we sought six artists and a media arts historian whose work strongly engaged with climate-related matters. To help link the artists’ work to the empirical understandings of climate and economics, we sought five respondents who could respond to the artists’ explorations and might find their science or business enriched by artistic reflections. It is a bold attempt to mix disciplines, to ask people from very different worlds to meet on stage and either find some common ground or talk across a gulf.

It is precisely such conversations though, that are needed in facing up to the complex challenges of climate change. This volume documents the original texts and images of the 2010 Dialogues contributors, without introduction or the discussion that ensued between them.

The texts give a clear sense of the thinking of these presenters, the ways in which they understand their work, as well as the work of their conversational partners, to be engaging with the multifaceted — perhaps even Hydra-headed — issue which they are determined to wrestle with. We thank all of them for their willingness to do so in such a public forum.

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