29 Mar 2010

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What is the role of the imagination in envisaging a sustainable society

New environmental lecture series at Downstage

Downstage in association with Now Future are excited to launch DIALOGUES WITH TOMORROW, a new lecture series that places artists in conversation with scientists, business people and thinkers on themes related to climate change.

At each session an artist or cultural commentator presents ideas and work inspired by an environmental issue. An expert in that field responds, followed by discussion that brings together the knowledge, ideas and reactions of the speakers.

By combining artistic perspective with conventional knowledge, DIALOGUES WITH TOMORROW aims to spark new conversations around climate change. “For a long time now, climate change has been the domain of scientists and more recently business people and politicians. Through Dialogues with Tomorrow, we are adding some heart and reflection into the discussion” say Now Future founders Sophie Jerram and Dugal McKinnon.

Full program:

ANTARCTICA TERRA NULLIUS? How can art offer new understandings of our relationship to Antarctica?
Thursday April 15, Downstage, 5.45pm

Anne Noble, Photographer, Professor of Fine Arts, Massey University, in conversation with:

Dr Peter Barrett, Professor of Geology, Victoria University

Chair: Ian Wedde

OCEANS, AGENCY AND ATUA Playing God with the seas.

Thursday April 22, Downstage, 5.45pm

Bishop Muru Walters, in conversation with:

Dr Philip Boyd, Oceanographer, NIWA

Chair: Hamish Campbell

CLIMATE SPIN Denial in media and advertising.

Thursday May 13, Victoria University, Rutherford House LT1, Bunny St, 6.30pm

Judith Williamson, Writer, Professor of Cultural History at the University for the Creative Arts (London)

Live UK video link

Chair: Ian Wedde

ISLANDS Sinking and adapting in the Pacific.

Thursday May 20, Downstage, 5.45pm

Lyn Collie & Briar March, Filmmakers, in conversation with:

Dr Sean Weaver, Environmental Consultant

Chair: Hamish Campbell

AFTER SUPERMARKETS Waste, retail and food distribution.

Thursday May 27, Downstage, 5.45pm

Kim Paton, Artist and Retailer, in conversation with:

Dr M. Claire Dale, Economist, University of Auckland

Chair: Ian Wedde

FUTURE NETWORKS Rebooting information and energy flows.

Thursday June 3, Downstage, 5.45pm

Julian Priest, Artist and Researcher, in conversation with:

Simon Coley, Energy Entrepreneur

Chair: Hamish Campbell

Download the flyer here