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Artist films

Panel Discussions

Artist in-conversations

Partner Events

  • Nave Gaia : A dialogue between Ailton Krenak & Antonio Nobre with Flourishing Diversity and «Selvagem – Cycle of Studies about Life»
  • On Thin Ice: A panel discussion with The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Dark Interludes: Michelle St Anne and Julie Vulcan with The Living Room Theatre

Artist Films

‘Smoke Jumpers’ – film by Art and Science Films Africa (2023)

Art & Science Films Afrika’s film ‘Smoke Jumpers’ commissioned for Forecast brings together ancestral knowledge of conserving the natural world with current research around charcoal burning and highlights the complex and contradictory issues of climate change faced in Kenya today. ‘Smoke Jumpers’ is directed by Daniel Muchina and produced by Wangechi Ngugi, Art & Science Films Afrika (ASFA), and has been created in collaboration with Rebecca Clube, Research Fellow, University College London, Institute for Sustainable Resources around charcoal use and production in Kenya.

Ahilapalapa Rands – ‘E Kū mālo`elo`e’ (To Stand Firm) 

“Where I’m from, we walk backwards into the future. Everything known, everything that has happened so far is what we face. Behind us is the unknown. Where we are going.”

On Wed 3rd March 2021 we were delighted to present new short film by Ahilapalapa Rands, specially commissioned for our new Forecast programme.

Ahilapalapa Rands (Hawaiian, Fijian, Sāmoan, Cook Island, Pākehā), an artist whose multidisciplinary style focuses on disrupting commonplace narratives and worldviews.

Adam Chodzko – ‘Woven Time: A Girdle of Fig Leaves’

“Woven Time: A girdle of fig leaves” is a video in the form of a dream premonition. In dialogue with a particularly lovely patch of mud visual artist Adam Chodzko speculates about what art might need to become next and what new ways it might be used, in order to make a path of hope into the future?

Adam Chodzko, an artist who explores our conscious and unconscious behaviours.

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Panel discussions

Forecast 2023 podcast

Listen to our podcast series, recorded at Forecast 2023, City Hall, on Friday 19th May at City Hall Writers, artists, scientists and cultural commentators explore the nature of the stories we tell and how they help shape our planet’s future.

‘Smoke Jumpers’ – the stories we tell about energy

Forecast commissioned artists Wangechi Ngugi and Daniel Muchina from Kenyan based Art & Science Films Afrika in conversation with social scientist collaborator Rebecca Clube of Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London, chaired by Mala Yamey Invisible Dust.

Infrastructure and Energy – Artist Presentation

Julie Freeman talks about her latest commission with ‘Data as Culture’ at the Open Data Institute, a data-driven kinetic artwork with the support of Invisible Dust which was shown at City Hall on 19th May.

‘Alices in Warmingland’ – Two climate curators in conversation

Alice Sharp, Founder Invisible Dust UK & Alice Audouin, Art of Change 21, France, discuss storytelling, the role of art in climate change and the future. Chaired by independent curator Alessandro Vincentelli.

What can art bring to the topic of climate change? How can artist’s stories help us to understand and feel a new way forward? 

Land uses and renewal 

A presentation by Leticia Lozano of Maica Estudio and Sofía Deveaux Durán from Estudio Abierto on the Tarango Ravine, a toxic waste filled piece of land in Mexico City that has been cleaned and put into community use.

Chaired by broadcaster Bidisha Mamata.

What is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?

A panel discussion and Q&A about Forecast’s central question about how we’re thinking about the future of the planet. Featuring: Joan Jonas, visual artist and pioneer of video and performance art; Emily Shuckburgh, climate scientist and director of Cambridge Zero; Eliane Ubalijoro, Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and sustainable international development expert; Lily Cole, model, activist and author of Who Cares Wins; Hosted by: Shahidha Bari, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking and Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at London College of Fashion.

How can we use the past to understand the future?

A panel discussion and Q&A about the question of how we use the past to shape the future of the planet. Featuring: Jeremy Deller, conceptual artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004; Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator and museum scientist at the Natural History Museum; Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining)indigenous leader and activist; Anne Johnson, epidemiologist and public health expert; hosted by Jes Fernie, independent curator and writer.

How can we adapt to uncertainty as the climate changes?

A panel discussion and Q&A about how we can adapt in the face of climate uncertainty. Featuring: Adam Chodzko, an artist who explores our conscious and unconscious behaviours; Kevin Anderson, climate scientist; Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author of Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together; Hosted by: Bianca Manu, independent curator and writer.

What will our view of nature bring to the future?

A panel discussion and Q&A that explore the relationships that humans have with nature – a relationship that many see as broken and at the root of some of our greatest problems.

Featuring: Danielle Celermajer, author of Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future; Iain McGilchrist, psychiatrist and author of The Master and his Emissary; Usman Haque, artist-architect and creative director at Umbrellium; Milka Chepkorir, advocate for indigenous land rights from the Sengwer community; hosted by: Jessica Sweidan, founder of Synchronicity Earth.

Who chooses our future and how?

Our futures rest on the decisions that are being made today – decisions that are rarely made by those most affected by them. This discussion explores the best way to arrive at a better future. From indigenous peoples and vulnerable nations to women and youth around the world, what can the historically unheard bring that is new and vital? How must democracies adapt to deal with the urgency of climate change and the long-term solutions we need?

Featuring: Cornelia Parker, visual artist, best known for her sculpture and installation art; Rose M. Mutiso, East Africaenergy expert and CEO of the Mawazo Institute; Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future and author of Hope in Hell; Daze Aghaji, Climate justice activist and student of History and Politics at Goldsmiths; Hosted by: Isabel Hilton, writer, broadcaster and founder of China Dialogue.

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How is AI shaping how we see the future?

This discussion will look at our relationship with Artificial Intelligence and advanced technologies – they pose serious risks, but can they be harnessed for the benefit of people and the planet?

How can AI extend human creativity? Do we need to protect human creativity from it? There is lots of buzz and hype, but are algorithms really changing how we behave, how we vote, and how we think? Crucially, how do we ensure that new technologies have human goals at the centre? Featuring: Kasia Molga, a Designer, Coder and Artists working on the intersection of art, design, technology and science; Matt Locke, founder and director of Storythings, a digital strategy and content agency. He previously led the Innovation team and BBC News Media and the multiplatform team at Channel 4; Joanna Kavenna, novelist and author of Zed, a satirical novel about life under a global tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do; John Macintyre, expert in Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks, and the editor of the journal AI and Ethics; Hosted by David Malone, independent documentary filmmaker.

What’s next for our planet and our health?

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, what’s next for our planet and our health?

This arts-science conversation took a global view of the connections between human health and our relationship with nature.

Featuring: Peninah Murage co-deputy director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Mariele Neudecker, artist and longstanding Art-Science collaborator with Invisible Dust; David King, former UK Chief Scientific Advisor and founder of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Repair and the new Climate Crisis Advisory Group. Hosted by Isabel Hilton, founder of China Dialogue and Chair Of The Board Of Trustees at the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

How can nature help us thrive?

This arts-science discussion took a local and personal view of the connections between changes to the environment and our health and wellbeing.

Featuring artist Frances Disley, climate change and mental health specialist at Imperial College London Emma Lawrance, and founder of the Green Generation Initiative Elizabeth Wathuti. Hosted by Bianca A. Manu a Ghanaian British curator, producer and writer invested in art and photography.

Artist in-conversations

Forecast Launch and in conversation with Fei Jun

Originally aired 3rd March 2021, the Forecast programme launch with a conversation with acclaimed Chinese artist Fei Jun and a world tour of his digital artwork. Featuring: Alice Sharp, Artistic Director and founder of Invisible Dust; Fei Jun, Beijing-based artist behind Forecasting: Interesting Worlds; Lucy Wood, Invisible Dust Arts-Science Producer; Eleanor Church, Filmmaker and one of 13 co-creators Forecasting: Interesting Worlds; Laura Tenenbaum, Former NASA communicator and one of the 13 co-creators of Forecasting: Interesting Worlds.

Artist in conversation: Tania Kovats

Join artist Tania Kovats in conversation with Invisible Dust’s founder and artistic director Alice Sharp as she discusses how her artistic practice related to thinking about the future and Forecast’s themes.

Artist in conversation: Ryan Gander

Originally aired 17:00 GMT on, Thurs 4th March, Artist Ryan Gander in conversation with curator Jeanine Griffin as he talks about his new work with Invisible Dust and how his artistic practice relates to thinking about the future. Featuring: Ryan Gander, an artist whose works materialise in many different forms – from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more; Jeanine Griffin, Associate Curator at Invisible Dust.

Frances Disley & Rebecca Lazarou in-conversation

Frances Disley was commissioned by Invisible Dust as part of our new exhibition. Disley’s new sculptures and video works were created in collaboration with a range of others and explore people’s relationship to nature, plants and place.

Along with curator Adelaide Bannerman, she spoke with one of her collaborators, Rebecca Lazarou, a medicinal plant scientist and research assistant at Kew, who discussed her ‘Western’ science training, her herbalist knowledge and finding a deeper connection with nature, as part of one of Frances Disley’s new video works Love letter to the mystery (Wavertree Park).

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Partner events

Originally aired on 5th March 2021, ‘Nave Gaia’ speaks to the collective ship we sail in called life, and how we navigate our time here on Earth. This is a dialogue between two brilliant thinkers and ardent admirers of each other’s work; one rooted in the Indigenous sciences and cosmologies of the Krenak People of the Brazilian Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, the other rooted in Western sciences. Featuring: Ailton Krenak a charismatic leader who has worked tirelessly for Indigenous Rights; Antonio Donato Nobre, a scientist who worked at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA); Guarani chants from Carlos Papa (Guarani) and Cristina Takua (Maxacali)

Building Sustainable Futures at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Originally aired 12:00 GMT on Thurs 4th March look at the Ugandan Arts Trust’s journey to creating Kampala’s first purpose-built arts centre based upon sustainability and community. Featuring: Teesa Bahana, director of the 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust; James Hampton, Founding Director of New Makers Bureau; Hosted by: Bianca Manu, a Ghanaian British curator, producer, and writer invested in public and performance art and photography.

Dark Interludes – Michelle St Anne and Julie Vulcan
with The Living Room Theatre

Grief expands and contracts temporalities.

The breath in deliberately occupies space

The pause elongates the moment

The release amplifies a remembering

All to be repeated in a ritual of remembering, and remembering, and…

To be enveloped by the extraordinary senses that are opened by grief is to be present to the shared space of loss and lamentation that exists across time and species. By recognising the patterns of our own pain, beauty, and suffering we might begin to understand how we as humans might break the cycle of the forever unjust.

A film by Michelle St Anne and Julie Vulcan
with The Living Room Theatre

On Thin Ice by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Join Invisible Dust and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies to explore ice as a metaphor for our planet’s uncertain and fragile future. Featuring: Jen Rose Smith, dAXunhyuu (Eyak, Alaska Native) geographer and Assistant Professor of Geography and American Indian Studies, Dept. of Geography, UW-Madison; Carrie Hanson, choreographer, director, and performer. Founding Artistic Director, The Seldoms; UW-Madison Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence (Fall 2019); Stephen Hilyard, artist and Professor of Digital Arts, Dept of Art, UW-Madison.

About Forecast

Forecast is a new programme exploring what shapes how we think about the planet’s future.

Bringing together artists, scientists, thinkers and leaders from across the globe, Forecast makes space for fresh ways of seeing the world we live in and promotes creative responses to climate change worldwide.

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