A few weeks ago I went to the awards of four new TippingPoint Commissions, aiming to develop a critical mass of performance-based work conceived in the context of climate change. I’m sharing info about it because it could be of inspiration to the cultural heritage sector. This post is extracted from the Tipping Point press release:
Launched in February TippingPoint received 178 proposals proving the hunger of UK artists wishing to introduce audiences to the radical and imaginative thinking necessary to contemplate and inhabit a world dominated by climate change.
The Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Ed Miliband, announced 4 awards:
Manchester International Festival (MIF) (£30,000)
This new co-commission will enable a chosen artist to draw from scientific expertise and the reach of TippingPoint and, working in dialogue with Manchester communities, evolve a new work which would hopefully premiere at the Manchester International Festival in 2011.
The LightSwitch Project by the LightSwitch Collective (£15,000)
“What happens when you switch on a light”. This simple question provokes a myriad of answers and sparks a million more questions. It generates excitement. The LightSwitch project will seize this microscopic moment and create a performance that connects the individual to the implications of their actions and their place in the world. The LightSwitch Collective includes award winning film, TV and stage actor Toby Jones.
Trashcatchers’ Carnival by Project Phakama UK (£20,000)
Working ‘from the ground up’ the Trashcatcher’s Carnival will unite 60 artists and over 500 Tooting residents in a year long process looking at transition from a high energy to a low energy community. Working in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts and using art, carnival, celebration and the collective ingenuity of Transition Town Tooting, Trashcatchers’ Carnival will provide a large scale promenade on the 2010 summer solstice and a model of engagement and celebration for the Transition Town Network.
Third Ring Out by Metis Arts (£15,000)
At once a performance, a game, a simulation and a radical artistic event THIRD RING OUT uses the disaster movie genre to scenario plan our future. Shipping containers become emergency planning centres where audiences are invited to immerse themselves in a multi sensory, simulated climate changed world rooted in scientific fact. Coming to an urban space, a village green or a festival near you…in summer 2010
Philip Pullman, Patron of the TippingPoint Commissions says:
“Artists of every kind have one overriding moral duty, which is to do their work as well as possible. But since that work partly consists of responding to what the world itself is up to, it would be strange if the best work being produced didn’t take some account, in some way, of what’s happening to our climate. Art is not only about beauty: sometimes it has to warn.”
The awards are made possible through a generous award from Major Road. The company was an influential force in British theatre for 20 years and created national productions up until the mid 1990’s.
Organised by TippingPoint, a company dedicated to bringing the creativity of artists to bear on the challenges of climate change, the TippingPoint Commissions will offer profound reflections on a world that is rapidly changing and on humanity’s role and responsibilities within it.