The Tipping Point Programme

What will the programme consist of?  The event will draw on experience in holding around twenty such gatherings worldwide in recent years, in the UK held in Oxford.  Superficially resembling a conference, the event will in fact contain a minimum of being talked at, and a maximum of information exchange and cross-fertilisation between those present.  Throughout, we will aim to minimise disciplinary boundaries and emphasise the commonality of the creativity they share.  We will pay particular attention to reminding all of the urgency of the situation; understanding and making clear the work of all the individuals present; and looking in depth at artistic practice and some examples of artistic treatment of environmental issues.

Our outline programme is as follows

Weds 22 Thurs 23 Fri 24
Theme How do I feel about the future? In what ways might I influence the future? What am I going to do(about the future)?
AM Including an exploration of artistic and cultural projects which have had a genuine social influence. Including Open Space sessions focussing on specific projects.
PM
Start: 3pm Including a discussion with Matt Ridley, author ofThe Rational Optimist, and Kevin Anderson, of the Tyndall Centre
More of the above, and an Open Space session to start or continue exploring personal or collaborative projects
Event finishes 2pm Opportunities to visit a range of science projects within the University
Evening Buffet supper, and a discussion led by Gregory Norminton with Jay Griffiths, Lawrence Norfolk, authors who have contributed to Gregory’s forthcoming anthology ‘Out of Chaos’ – short stories for our shared planet Reception, meal and
drinks, Northern Stage, includingEnd of the World Cabaretcompèred by Kate Fox

Thursday will finish with an evening of food, drink and performance hosted at Northern Stage, very close to the event venue.

The event itself, consisting of a range of plenary and group interactions, is designed as a whole, immersive experience, including the evenings.  Attending selected elements will provide an unsatisfactory experience, and is very strongly discouraged.

Theme: running through the event will be the concept of ‘positive messages’.  This is the first time we have used such an approach; it is a recurrent motif in environmental communications, due to the widely perceived need for a positive vision of the future, to offset frequently downbeat or depressing predictions. 

What does this mean for – and is it indeed relevant to – artists?

What outcomes do we expect?  The purpose of the event is to create a context for creative people to explore difficult, urgent and fast changing subjects, so guaranteed outcomes are impossible to predict, other than a continuation of the broadening and deepening of thinking around the subject.  What happens will be largely in the hands of those present.  However, past experience leads us to expect:

  • The inspiration for new artistic projects, individual or team related, including science/arts collaborations
  • New work to be commissioned during the event
  • Organisational initiatives such as artist in residence schemes
  • The creation of enduring, effective relationships and networks between individuals and organisations
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