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Social Transformations: a Conversation with Social Scientists and Artists (Dr Christina Demski, Hwa Young Jung and Zoe Svendsen)

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Season for Ex-Change

Social Transformations: a Conversation with Social Scientists and Artists (Dr Christina Demski, Hwa Young Jung and Zoe Svendsen)

28 October 2020


Online event via Zoom



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Our first conversation featuring artists and social scientists from the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations.

Can art affect people’s perception of climate change? Join us for a conversation between Dr Christina Demski, social scientist from CAST, and artist guests Hwa Young Jung and Zoë Svendsen. 

About the speakers

CAST (Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations) is a global hub for understanding the systemic and society-wide transformations that are required to address climate change. CAST researches and develops the social transformations needed to produce a low-carbon and sustainable society; at the core of their work is a fundamental question of enormous social significance: How can we as a society live differently – and better – in ways that meet the urgent need for rapid and far-reaching emission reductions?

Christina Demski is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University and Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST Centre). Christina’s research explores issues within risk perception and communication, including public engagement with complex environmental issues (e.g. climate change, energy transitions). She also researches public perceptions of climate change and low-carbon futures, for example investigating what role flooding experiences play for engagement with climate change and framing climate communication messages.

Hwa Young Jung is a socially engaged artist who works with people to co-create projects, often with a focus on using games and play to explore social issues, creating a common ground for diverse disciplines and divergent communities to come together and make something new. She works in public spaces, using familiar ‘found formats’ (board game, card game, calendar, tea towel, Improv Night) to encapsulate the work created with collaborators. Based in Liverpool, she has been producing work with a range of people for over 10 years – young people in libraries, social care workers, freshwater biologists, criminologists, men on probation and organisations (FACT Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, Howard League for Penal Reform, Metal Culture, Lancaster University).

Zoë Svendsen is a director and dramaturg, who makes participatory theatre performances exploring contemporary political subjects, including Factory of the Future (Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019), developed through artistic research residencies in the UK and in Oslo, Norway and presented as a video installation on a transformed future; WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Barbican Centre 2018), a performance installation imagining living under alternative economic conditions for a future beyond climate crisis; World Factory (Young Vic and UK Tour; shortlisted for the Berlin Theatertreffen Stükemarkt 2016), exploring consumer capitalism through the lens of the global textile industry; 3rd Ring Out (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK Tour), an emergency-planning-style ‘rehearsal’ for climate crisis.

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Part of Season for Ex-Change

A three week programme of sector-facing events and workshops, 26 October–14 November 2020.
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