Jennifer Farmer & Zoë Palmer
The Dream(ing) Field Lab
Jennifer Farmer & Zoë Palmer will bring together an intergenerational group of people of African heritage and British farmers for 3 days of rest, rituals and collaboration to create a climate justice manifesto and a practical field kit, culminating in the development of a travelling immersive installation that explores relationships with the British countryside and what happens when we rest and dream in the rural landscape.
The Dream(ing) Field Lab is a Common Ground commission for Season for Change.
About the artists
Zoë Palmer is a writer, maker and human ecologist and was research assistant for Alastair McIntosh’s book Hell & High Water: Climate change, Hope and the Human Condition (Berlinn, 2008) having completed her MSc Human Ecology thesis on Climate Change Narratives. In 2008 she founded The Golden Company – an award-winning social enterprise that addressed structural inequalities around access to nature for POC. Zoë was shortlisted for the Observer Ethical Award and awarded RSA fellowship. As a writer/director her award-winning immersive theatre productions have toured internationally with Hjertelyd (Den Jyske Opera) currently scheduled for performance in Iceland (2020) and Camille’s Rainbow (Carnegie Hall, Minnesota Opera) the US (2021). She’s visiting professor of writing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
An African-American resident in the UK since 1998, Jennifer Farmer is a participatory theatre-maker and facilitator who collaborates extensively with marginalised communities such as young people at risk of social exclusion (Belgrade Theatre), womxn in prison (Clean Break), refugees (Theatre Royal Stratford East), OAPs (London Bubble) and users of the mental healthcare system (V&A Museum). Jennifer’s current projects include a new play supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which explores the impact medical racism has on Black women’s experience of childbirth, as well as a new opera experimenting with grime and drill to to examine what it is to be a young person in today’s Britain, with the continued growth of neo-fascism, racism and xenophobia. As a Central School of Speech and Drama Associate Lecturer, Jennifer teaches on the ethics of working with vulnerable communities, centring under-represented narratives, and the dangers of art-washing and white saviourism.
In 2018 Jennifer and Zoë won an International Opera Awards Foundation bursary for their work supporting BAME opera creators, and were semi-finalists in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s global commissioning competition for Between Constellations.