The carrion call of councils for people to take part in the future shape of a town/city/cuts has been artistically hijacked by a group which is creating a different kind of future for Exeter.
The inspiration for this new future has grown out of the question ‘what can we do together that we couldn’t do apart?’ Not unsurprisingly, it’s a position that sits quite well with us here at the PRSD.
A series of events (two down, two to go) called Where To Build The Walls That Protect Us has been taking on the challenged of bringing people together – artists, academics and scientists – to begin to look towards a resilient and sustainable future.
Part of this is through a series of excursions, each focusing on a different subject: climate & terrain, buildings & the life between them, industry & commerce and mobility & communications.
According to the blurb: ‘While walking throughout the city, a series of encounters will reveal different stories, provoke questions and offer new insights into the subject, prompting participants to re-imagine a different kind of Exeter.’
Over the winter and early spring, a scaled-down prototype of a future Exeter will be constructed. And, as the main focus of the project, this interactive model will be publicly unveiled and animated through a series of performances and events in April 2014
Where To Build The Walls That Protect Us, conceived by Stephen Hodge, is just one of four new live performance experiences commissioned or produced by the live performance people Kaleider to be taking place in Exeter this autumn.
Kaleider (the name is a mashup of “collider” and the Ancient Greek for “beauty” and “form”) aims to engage people who might not normally go to the theatre with new, live experiences, to share their stories and face the future with imagination. The majority of its projects happen in public spaces and rarely in auditoria.
And it is interested in an artistic space that acknowledges the context of ongoing fiscal crisis, the challenges of climate change, the Oil Age and peak minerals.
Kaleider works with the University of Exeter, with the Met Office and with other agencies to combine science and research with the artistic process, and it asks and re-asks the question “what can we do together that we couldn’t do apart?”
Go your own view of the future of Exeter? Get tickets and find out more about Where To Build The Walls That Protect Us