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Future Economies: A Conversation

Zoë Svendsen (director of World Factory) is now investigating alternative economics and our relationship to climate change. To do so, she is interviewing experts all over the UK – and you are invited to join the conversation. The evening will begin with a structured interview, and evolve into a conversation.

On Fri 17 March, Zoë will be in conversation with with Ross Jones, of Manchester University’s sustainability forum, the Living Lab.

Martin Hess, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester and David Alderson, Senior Lecturer in English Literature will respond.

Zoë will be asking the question: What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change? And what would it be like to live in this future system?

Exploring climate change scenarios is not only about the changed landscape and atmospheric conditions of those situations, but also invites the question ‘how to live’ and brings with it the opportunity to ask the question ‘how do we want to live’?

This is a ‘research-in-public’ conversation, as part of the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project. The Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios Project is a networked residency programme, created to catalyse new creative work that will encourage more open and imaginative, but also more purposeful, responses to the challenges of climate change in the present.

This project is an experiment which pilots a new residency model — that of a ‘networked residency’. Rather than a traditional residency based in one institution, this networked residency engages with a community of people across institutions and disciplines whose work, individually and collectively, informs the development of climate scenarios. In July 2016, we announced Emma Critchley, Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendsen as the selected artists. Drawing on previous practice in the development of World Factory, seen at Cambridge Junction October 2016, Zoë has made a commitment to ‘research-in-public’, engaging with experts by interviewing them in public at informal events.

The project is the latest activity from the Culture and Climate Change programme, which is intended to bridge the gap between academia and the cultural sector – it began as a series of podcasts, events and publications available to download for free from by clicking here.

Zoë Svendsen directed World Factory. Zoë Svendsen is a theatre director, dramaturg and researcher. Artistic director of performing arts company, METIS, Zoë creates research-driven interdisciplinary performance projects exploring contemporary political subjects, including World Factory (UK tour, produced by Arts Admin; shortlisted for the

Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2016); 3rd Ring Out (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK tour), an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for a climate crisis set in 2033; and an adaptation of Brecht’s parable on the moralities of capitalism, Four Men and a Poker Game (Northern Stage; The Tron). As dramaturg Zoë collaborates creatively on innovative productions of classic texts, including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure and The Changeling (Young Vic); Miss Julie (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Arden of Faversham (Royal Shakespeare Company); Edward II (National Theatre Olivier). Zoë lectures on dramaturgy at the University of Cambridge; is artistic associate at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; an honorary (artistic) research fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre; and in 2014-15 was artist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Zoë is currently one of the artists participating in the Future Scenarios ‘networked residency’ programme of the Culture and Climate Change project, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Open University, and Sheffield University.

METIS Directed by Zoë Svendsen, METIS is a Cambridge-based performing arts company creating interdisciplinary performance projects through rigorous research, characterised by extremely high production values. A fascination with maps, space, technology, travel and history drives our work in a range of media. METIS involves a network of artists, creating richly detailed audience experiences.