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The role(s) of art under the shadow of climate change

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In 2015-16, I had the opportunity to spend two years working with Riksteatern, Sweden's touring national theatre, as leader of artistic and audience development. Part of my brief was to bring together practitioners from within and beyond the world of the performance arts to explore the role(s) of art under the shadow of climate change.

You Want It Darker

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The regular mechanisms of political narration are breaking down. The pollsters lose confidence in their methods, the pundits struggle to offer authoritative explanations for events that they laughed off as wild improbabilities only months before.

The Moment When the White Rabbit Goes Past

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Published as Issue 5 of Crossed Lines, my occasional email newsletter. This letter comes to you from a hotel room in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle. The hotel is called the Arctic Eden. From the window, I can see the mine buildings that crown what’s left of Gironvarri, the mountain the city came here to devour.The way I was told it, the Swedes knew there was a mountain full of iron ore...

In the Future, Everyone Will Be Powerful for 15 Minutes

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Published in Despatches From the Invisible Revolution (PediaPress).  1. Rioters smash the windows of banks, the drum beats towards war with Iran, protests fuelled by social media take over the streets of another capital city. As 2011 reached its endgame, the cinematic surface of Mike Bartlett’s play, 13, could have been taken from the next day’s headlines. Into its dark, refractive world...

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