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Join us for a night of interactive experiences created by students from Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL), in a creative response to the global climate crisis.
Enjoy films, installations, workshops and performances across the Museum and Gardens, designed to spark conversations and awareness around global climate issues, in an interactive and sometimes light-hearted way.
During the evening you can take part in origami workshops which highlight animal extinction, join the fight against textile waste and turn scrap materials into coasters, discover a visual and sonic depiction of London's pollution in the Conservatory, visualise yourself as part of the ecosystem with a sound installation in the Aquarium and drop in to a tea point to talk about the history of tea.
Food and bars will be open throughout the night.
- See the Camberwell College programme
- See the Chelsea College programme
- See the Wimbledon College programme
- The Coaster Weaving Workshop
Carla Monti, Giedre Stanciute, Penelope Somper
Visitors are invited to make coasters out of a variety of material scraps, giving them the opportunity to turn unused resources into useful everyday objects, gain a new skill and join the fight against textile waste. This workshop is inspired by the colourful works of Sheila Hicks and Anni Albers who said ‘Besides surface qualities, such as rough and smooth, dull and shiny, hard and soft, textiles also includes colour, and, as the dominating element, texture, which is the result of the construction of weaves. Like any craft it may end in producing useful objects, or it may rise to the level of art.’
- Climate Crisis: Speculative Futures through Origami
Marysia Abbott, Mehzabin Maleque, Ollie Newman
A series of origami workshops raising awareness of local climate change issues that relate to animal extinction due to the loss of habitats through deforestation and development. Visitors will be taught how to fold an origami fox, butterfly and dove - native English animals - in rotation. Beginning at 7pm, each session will last 30 minutes.
- Currencies of the Speculative Past / Future
Sayali Phadke, Rohan Sharma, Esmond Sit
This interactive video installation will create a timeline linking our present day to the history of colonisation in which the damning effects of consumption and the exhaustion of resources are re-animated through storytelling and seen through the lives of ordinary people. There will be an opportunity for visitors to examine and handle our ‘speculative currency’. The currency is deliberately unconventional and uncomfortable to hold and serves as a trigger for a dialogue about choices and responsibility of our past and future in relation to economic growth and climate emergency.
- Tea Talk
John Horniman pioneered the individual tea bags that we use today. His tea could be a remedy to spark conversation that’s good for the soul. This faux tea point aims to encourage a discussion surrounding the historical and cultural ethics of tea trading as an analogy of the growing concerns surrounding imported goods, polluted environments and mass migration.
- Human Extinction
Eleanor Brown and Robert Sollis
A performance installation focusing on the climate crisis by parodying the Museum’s taxidermy collection, recreating it through live performance and addressing industrial activity, its impact on our eco systems and habitats and its subsequent effect on human existence.
- Sun, Sea and Speed Dating
Ellie-Mae Lowe, Sarah Van den berk, Louie Gates and Kiera Simpson
Speed dating is being co-opted as a way to open conversation. This allows intercultural dialogue by making conversation between strangers from different social groups engaging and fun. Referencing a ‘Benidorm karaoke night’, Sun, Sea and Speed Dating creates a sense of British nostalgia and humorously contradicts the idea of taking planes when it's bad for the environment. 6 – 8 sessions lasting 15 minutes
- Zoomorphic Orchestra: Requiem for the Vanished Soundscapes
Ancient animal-shaped musical instruments from the Horniman Collection- such as the Serpent or the whistles made out of seashells - seem to metaphorically encapsulate how music and sound represent a primary interface between nature and humans, the individual and the environment. However, nowadays they almost appear paradoxical as humans do not listen to the world around them and no longer live in equivalence and reciprocity with it. The work will highlight how sound is an essential environmental signifier, and how human impact is gradually leading nature to silence.
- A Century Of Climate Change
Freddy Woodward, Joe Gotts, Bailey Wootton
Artists will use speculative design to inform and shock their audience about issues we could face in the near future. Every half an hour the tannoy will interrupt and capture the visitor’s attention, with each bulletin representing a further 10 years into the future, with the damaging effects of climate change rapidly increasing.
Alyshea Shuen Yi Mo
Alyshea Shuen Yi Mo’s sound piece in the Natural History Gallery functions initially as a backdrop to the taxidermy specimens on display. The experience of the work deepens when it becomes obvious that the audio track is produced from entirely man-made sources: will the sounds of nature become obsolete?
- The Bridge of Dreams
The Bridge of Dreams recreates a space within the artist’s grandmother’s house in which she is filmed reading a fictionalised version of her childhood diaries against the background of an industrialised town. A disorientating relationship between audio and image gradually unveils a sense of place, time, pleasure and memory, and infuses fictional narrative into the factual context of the World Gallery.
- I’m Still in the Uber
Reynders’ film explores the mundanity of life as a ghost, and asks: “How do we live our lives in the present when the future is so obviously finite?” The ghost acts as a representation of this eerie, purgatory feeling. This concern is mirrored in the nature of the Horniman Collection, with the creatures in its displays being frozen somewhere between life and death. What is it like to live for a future that, thanks to the climate crisis, may no longer exist?
- Preliminary Mourning of Artifacts Worth
Losing Elliot Jeffries
This collection of archival slides examines the impact of resource-heavy consumer objects and what it would be like to live in a world in which they were consigned to the institutional memory of the Museum.
- The Synthocene: A Story Time
Bridget Helen Nancy Johnson
Listen to the artist narrate a short story to highlight a very possible future that faces all animal, plant and humankind; no matter their complicity in creating it. In the accompanying film, the juxtaposition of a wasteland and the Horniman Gardens will highlight what stands to be lost through the destruction inflicted upon this Earth that has caused the climate emergency, and the imperative need for action it requires.
Joe Grey Adams and Tanaka Fuego
The polluted sky above the Horniman Conservatory seen through the glass roof will create a backdrop beneath which a spoken word artist and dancers will perform with exhausted and breathless movement. The choreography begins with a depiction of the reduction in clean air. Movement becomes laborious as the dancers begin to try to avoid the thick smog. The spoken word and choreography of Grey will create a visual and sonic depiction of the pollution on London’s present and future.
- Immersive Aquatic Soundscape
Christina Nteventzi and Leah Simmons
This sound installation takes initial audio recorded in the Horniman Aquarium and adds human and musical elements to encourage the audience to view themselves as part of a wider ecosystem.
This piece examines the relationship between protection and confinement. A spherical cage festooned with thorns contains a performer who asks the audience to consider the role the natural environment has in safeguarding us, and the role we have in safeguarding it.
- Strong and Delicious, Cheapest and the Best
Catarina de Moura(lead), Henri Affandi, Margarita Loze, Sam Nicholson
‘Strong and Delicious, Cheapest and the Bes’ is a collaborative work born from reflection upon the Horniman Museum’s history, concerning British imperialism and its locked relationships with capitalism and climate change. Contradicting the past century’s attitudes towards ecology’s ownership, this performance suggests the recovery of a broken, ruptured climate.