Performance Art

From “No Exit”, Electric Company Theatre

With sustainability initiatives increasingly moving away from ‘persuasive dialogue’ towards emergent forms of engagement, this channel aims to explore our capacity to create and relate to processes and products inspired by this approach. Using four disciplines of artistic practice, music, poetry, theatre and visual art, this channel explores the challenge of shifting from what have been very one-way, didactic forms of engagement into more two-way, dialogical forms.

What emerges in terms of artistic languages and aesthetic experiences when we build a series of commissions around these principles of engagement? Does a move away from content-specific, message-driven engagement with sustainability towards more open questions of form, idiom, and process open new and fertile opportunity for the arts? Or is the ‘risk to relevance’ too great? Do we lose any tangible connection to environmental concern when we step away from content-specific interactions?

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