A Cambridge Junction & Artsadmin Homemakers commission with support from Season for Change
Collaborators: Zoë Svendsen with Anna-Maria Nabirye, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel Jones, Lucy Wray, Nicky Childs, Shôn Dale-Jones, Stefanie Müller and Tom Ross-Williams.
What do you dream of, out there on the other side of crisis?
This time-sensitive work uses the current context to co-create a vision of an alternative future of human and planetary flourishing.
Could this crisis make another world possible? What do we miss about our old lives and what would we like to replace and transform?
A pack of postcards with instructions for improvising alternative futures will be sent to you. Designed to stimulate reflection and conversation amongst households, families and friends, these cards offer participants the dream space to imagine how we would like our world to be different when we re-emerge from lockdown.
Participants will also be invited to share their visions of a liveable future with the METIS team either by post, online or via a video call with our performer-devisors.
Due to high demand an additional run of 50 packs have recently been released.
Please ensure that you provide the correct mailing address when booking for this event. Your billing address may differ from your mailing address and we want to ensure to receive your postcards.
Love Letters to a Liveable Future is part of an ongoing process of ‘research-in-public’ in which different voices and conversations are continuously added to the artwork and inform future iterations of the project including a live improvised theatre performance planned for 2021.
Pack recipients are encouraged to send photos of their completed cards back to the company. These responses will both inspire the creative team or even be woven into this final special performance. See instructions for more details.
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £10 (inc p&p) – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions. The lowest price is £1.80 and is there simply to cover the cost of postage of the postcards for the artists. If you pay a higher price, the first £1.80 will go towards postage.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to Cambridge Junction.
METIS and Cambridge Junction will be donating all the money raised from ticket sales for this event to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, whose philosophy of person-centred care has been an important influence on the project.
So far, over £400 has been raised from sales of the packs for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.
How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
Directed by Zoë Svendsen, METIS is a UK-based performing arts company which creates interdisciplinary and participatory performance projects exploring contemporary political subjects. Involving a wide network of artists, recent projects have included: Factory of the Future (Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019), developed through artistic research residencies in the UK and in Oslo, Norway and presented as a video installation on a transformed future; WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Barbican Centre 2018), a performance installation imagining living under alternative economic conditions for a future beyond climate crisis; World Factory (Young Vic and UK Tour including HOME; shortlisted for the Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2016), exploring consumer capitalism through the lens of the global textile industry; 3rd Ring Out (Tipping Point Commission Award; UK Tour), an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for climate crisis.
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About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre in Cambridge where art meets life. At Cambridge Junction, audiences and artists experience and explore contemporary performance, popular culture, creative learning, and the rich territories in-between. They are committed to art and entertainment that is up-and-coming, youthful and cutting-edge. They seek to be relevant and meaningful to the lives of audiences, and informed by their location in Cambridge.
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About Season for Change
Season for Change is a nationwide campaign and festival of artistic work celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin and supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Season is co-curated with partners like METIS across the cultural sector. Find out more and join us: www.seasonforchange.org.uk | @JointheSeason_ on Twitter