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SIGNIFICANTUS – A unique keyboard conversation- Created by Lola Perrin

This is a live interative performance project created by composer Lola Perrin

Piano Suite IX ‘SIGNIFICANTUS’ is performed in collaboration with local guest speakers; scientists, artists and other thinkers


You can see a performance of this piece at Feeding the Insatiable – Real and imagined narratives of art and energy for a troubled planet.  A creative summit at Dartington Hall November 9-11

“I created this project because I want to stimulate more conversations about positive prospects that are presented by climate change.

Significantus features the performance of my ninth piano suite, presented in collaboration with guest speakers. Scientists, artists and other thinkers respond (as I have in music) to the notion that “talking about a world that has risen to the challenge of climate change is an exciting opportunity” (Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology). Audience members are also invited to make spoken word contributions.

My quest is that the conversation then spreads out from concerts venues, carried forward by both audience members and by this website.

This website is for documenting the texts that arise from the performances. A trail of words will be added as performances come and go, connecting town to town, venue to venue, speaker to speaker, audience member to audience member, website visitor to website visitor.” (Lola Perrin)



Some quotes that have inspired the project:


As more and more people across global society piece together the internal and external layers of this alarming big picture; this collective, compulsive human violation of our planetary life-support system becomes one of the deepest and most pervasive sources of anxiety in our time. 

Society has created taboos against the public expression of such emotion and anguish, so we struggle to realise that so many of us feel the same. We are held fast, sleepwalking through the shopping malls, distracted, paralysed and overloaded in a continuous barrage of information. 

Over recent decades such collective fear and disempowerment have transformed the way we think about the future; from that exciting 1960s world of excitement, progress and anticipation – to a dark and uncertain world of fear. But if we only talk in terms of fear, chaos, collapse and devastation, we aren’t going to equip, empower and enable people – if we are unable to imagine a positive future, we won’t create it.” (Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology)

First Friday’s Arts and ecology network

www.artdotearth.org are holding a monthly networking lunch at Dartington in Devon

You can join this network and find out about the events through the facebook page

First Fridays are informal opportunities to share food and talk to friends and strangers. You can find generic information here. They are usually followed immediately by an artist talk.

In June, the artists talking are you. We’re inviting you to talk about some work in progress, or very recently completed work. You can present for ten minutes and have ten minutes for feedback and critique. That’s not long, but long enough for something useful to transpire, we hope!

There are, of course, limited slots – otherwise we could be there all weekend. You can reserve one here. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. However that means that if you can’t make your slot or you change your mind, it’s essential you let us know.


MA/MFA Arts & Ecology

Schumacher College has announced a new programme in Arts & Ecology, including a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts. The awards are validated by Plymouth University and will be accepting their first students in September of 2017. Courses will be accepting applications from September 2016.

This postgraduate programme is aimed at artists with an established practice who yearn for new connections and conversations, require time out for intensive study, reflection and refreshment, and who wish to interrogate and challenge their work in order to foster a creative practice fit for the ecological, social, and ethical challenges we all face.  In this programme, you are encouraged to develop or deepen an eyes-wide-open practice that pays attention to integration rather than alienation and which is open to or led by dialogue, inter-relationships, and a clear ethical imperative. You will be nurtured and sustained in developing a creative ecological practice open to the wonder, enchantment and richness of the world, attuned to and in sympathy with ecological systems and sensitive to the threats they might face.

The programme proposes Arts & Ecology as a metadisciplinary field of study and practice, encouraging artists to develop a practice with a deep and meaningful engagement with the world around them that becomes central to their practice.

Go here for more information, or contact the programme leader, Dr Richard Povall.

Call for proposals – Feeding the insatiable – a creative summit – November 9-11 2016

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.