This article has been copied from the Stories of Change website.
March 2014 – February 2017
Dr Joe Smith has been awarded a £1.47M large grant on the project titled Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future related to the AHRC’s Connected Communities theme.
About the project
The Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future.
- To listen to and give a platform to more diverse, often unheard, voices
- To mobilise change through research and the arts
- To innovate in use of digital media
Stories of Change is organised around three mini research projects, or ‘stories’ and one cross-cutting project ‘Energetic’ that supports these. Story 1: Policy Story: Demanding Times gathers a novel mix of communities of interest around energy policy, and generates new accounts of energy policy and politics past, present and future. Story 2: Industry Story: Future Works is rooted in the English midlands, and seeks to unearth fresh accounts of the long relationship between energy, industrial making and landscape, and explores where it might go next. Story 3: Everyday Story: Life Cycles engages with the role that energy resources have played in shaping communities and everyday life in south Wales.
About the team
The project is being led by Dr Joe Smith of The Open University’s Geography Department. Joe is also leading Story 1 ‘Demanding Times’. Renata Tyszczuk of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture leads Story 2 ‘Future Works’, and Karen Lewis of University of South Wales leads Story 3 ‘Life Cycles’. The team also includes Rosie Day (University of Birmingham, geography), Axel Goodbody (University of Bath, literature), Bradon Smith (University of Bath/The Open University, literature), Julia Udall (University of Sheffield, architecture), Nicola Whyte (University of Exeter, history) Zdenek Zdrahal and team (Open University Knowledge Media Institute) and our core-team arts organisation partners Peter Gingold (Tipping Point) and Yvette Vaughan-Jones (Visiting Arts).
Feeding the insatiable
real and imagined narratives of art and energy for a troubled planet
a creative summit
November 9 -11 2016
Dartington Hall, Devon, England
Encouraging all manner of energy generation through creative intervention and invention and new approaches to scientific enquiry including the quirky, the impossible, the micro and the personal. Encouraging debate – practical, philosophical, metaphysical, and theoretical – bringing creative minds from many disciplines to bear on these pressing issues.
Who is it for?
This is an interdisciplinary event; we anticipate proposals and participation from artists, writers, designers, engineers, industry professionals, philosophers, ecologists, and all those interested in new approaches to energy, energy policy and ecosophy.
Of course, all are welcome.
Topics of interest
Not intended to proscriptive or prescriptive, this list of topics suggests the areas we are likely to explore. However we are open to all relevant ideas, from the philosophical to the most practical and pragmatic.
- visioning change
- imaginative and invented narratives and technologies
- micro-generation and body-derived energy
- plant and other organic power generators
- transformational potential of art
- beyond communication
- energy and metaphor
- message and instrumentalisation
- slow art, process
- non-literal big data visualisation
- envisioning the profound
- aesthetics of art/science
- using imagination for social change
- emotion / science
- sensible / actual
- new ways of seeing
- new ways of knowing
- evolving meaning
- celebrating authenticity and ethos
- energy in the animal world
- exploring chasms between artists and industry
- energy futures and questions of design
- ethnographics, big data, climate change, understanding
Types of submission
Submit any ideas that inspire you and which you think may have a place during this event. Given its deliberately constrained scope and size, there will be limited slots available, so please inspire us.
We are interested in submissions that embrace the following formats. Note that in each case we will add time for Q&A, but please think about how interaction with the audience can be built into your offer. Formats might be:
- academic paper presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes (with 10 minutes for Q&A)
- panel discussions, live interviews, and other discursive formats, lasting between 30-50 minutes. There is potential to broadcast these live.
- presentation of artwork, indoor or outdoor
- walking and other outdoor activities, particularly ones that engage with theoretical or philosophical thought in addition to their creative content
- workshops, lasting 90 minutes (please indicate how many participants you can support)
- if you are geographically distant, you can send papers for inclusion in the publication only. These submissions will be considered along with all others, on the understanding that you are unable to attend the event itself. There will be a nominal registration fee to help cover publication costs.
The deadline for submission is 22.00 GMT on May 8th, 2016. We are requesting 250-word abstracts or outlines, which must be submitted through the event website at http://artenergysymposium.info/proposal-form/. We are unable to accept any submissions after the deadline.
Another excellent piece by Energy Generation :Demanding Times about the importance of raising awareness of and stimulating the debate around energy at a local level.
As part of the Energy Project’s activity for the Connected Communities Festival 2015, we made a film about the work that our team of young researchers have been doing.
This includes clips from interviews with Fiona Booth (Department for Energy and Climate Change), Matthew Pencharz (senior advisor to the Mayor of London), Agamemnon Otero (CEO Repowering London) and Tom Chivers (journalist, Buzzfeed).
It also shows our team of researchers out and about around London. We took Energy Generation ‘on tour’, including a mobile version of our photobooth, to talk to the people of Ilford and Peckham about their views on energy. You can see some of the ‘vox pops’ and the photobooth in action in the film.
Many thanks to all the people who participated in Energy Generation, and to Bojan Brbora for making the film.
(You can watch the film in High Definition on our Vimeo page…
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