Risk Related

A series of commissions exploring risk and its social, ecological and economic relations.

Stine Marie Jacobsen, Body Weather (2021) _ 1

(Photo credit: Still from 'Body Weather', Stine Marie Jacobsen)

The Whole Earth Chanting 9 - photo credit Tom Gibbs

(Photo credit: World premiere of 'The Whole Earth Chanting', a work by Libby Heaney and Nabihah Iqbal. Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, June 18th 2021. Pic: )


(Photo credit: Still from Sonia Levy's Creatures of the Lines)


(Photo credit: Seed Casino by Theo Reeves-Evison, Barefoot Orchard, Loughborough University, October 30th 2021 (Photography: Demi Wilton))


(Photo credit: Ami Clarke: Pandemonium (work-in-progress screenshot))

Helen workshop

(Photo credit: 'Risk Music' workshop by Helen Papaioannou)

It is often held that we live in a ‘risk society’, with ecological crisis, a pandemic, political instability, infrastructural vulnerability and economic volatility creating increasing danger and uncertainty. At both an individual and collective level, it is difficult to say what kind of world we might come to live in. Coming to grips with ‘risk’ is often understood to be a way of mitigating the worst effects of this state of affairs by by making the future knowable, manageable and even profitable (for some, at least). Artists, meanwhile, often mobilize risk in their work, with risky and chance-led processes used by those seeking to diminish or alter their agency in systems of production.

Risk, then, is variously to be avoided, managed, speculated upon, utilised or encouraged; and might be associated with danger or possibility (or both, sometimes simultaneously). Risk Related is a programme of challenging and playful artistic commissions and events exploring and utilizing risk, as well as the social, cultural, economic, political and ecological relations it draws from and gives rise to. Collaborating with academics from across the University and beyond, commissioned artists will explore how different forms of risk intersect, as well as adopting risky approaches and methods in their work. Initially intended to run across the 2019/20 academic year, it has now been extended into 2020/21 as a result of Covid-19.

For information about each commission please visit the relevant artist page below. The academic lead for Risk Related is Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism): other partners are listed on the relevant artist's page.

For an interrogation of the relationship between risk, aesthetics, governance and arts practice which engages with the commissions, we recommend watching this conversation with Ksenia Chmutina and the curator and researcher Francesca Laura Cavallo, which we hosted as part of Loughborough University's Arts Week in June 2020.

Produced by Laura Purseglove and David Bell for Radar.


Sonia Levy

Creatures of the Lines Read more

Stine Marie Jacobsen

Body Weather Read more

Theo Reeves-Evison

Seed Casino Read more

Libby Heaney

The Whole Earth Chanting Read more


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Ami Clarke

Pandemonium Read more

Helen Papaioannou

Risk Music Read more

Project Partners

Dr Ksenia Chmutina

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism
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In Praise of the Fallows: A Guided Tour with FRAUD

Sat 10 September - Sat 10 September - 2022

09:45am - 18:00pm

Join artist duo FRAUD (Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo) and their collaborator, farmer Stuart Rose, for a guided walk in rural Nottinghamshire, with visits to a series of historic dovecotes and the open-field farming system at Laxton. Read more

Seed Casino

Sat 30 October - Sat 30 October - 2021

17:00pm - 18:30pm

Gamble on a walnut! Take a punt on a chestnut! Risk it all on an acorn! A pop-up casino with a difference. Read more

The Whole Earth Chanting

Fri 18 June - Fri 18 June - 2021

20:30pm - 22:00pm

The world premiere of a new work by the artist Libby Heaney, musician Nabihah Iqbal, and artificial intelligence. Read more

Creatures of the Lines: Cut 1, A Workshop

Wed 23 June - Wed 23 June - 2021

18:00pm - 19:45pm

A screening of the first cut of Sonia Levy's 'Creatures of the Lines'. Read more

Risk, A.I & Belonging: Libby Heaney in Conversation with Simone Natale

Tue 27 April - Tue 27 April - 2021

18:00pm - 19:30pm

A livestreamed episode of Disasters Deconstructed exploring the social impacts of AI. With Libby Heaney and Simone Natale. Read more

EURO—VISION | Our Mother Ocean Reading Group

Wed 7 April - Wed 7 April - 2021

19:00pm - 21:00pm

A reading group discussing Our Mother Ocean by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese. Read more


Wed 17 March - Wed 17 March - 2021

17:00pm - 20:00pm

Join FRAUD for a workshop exploring the extractivist gaze of the EU’s migration policy in the Mediterranean region. Read more

The Aesthetics of Risk: A Conversation with Francesca Cavallo and Ksenia Chmutina

Mon 29 June - Mon 29 June - 2020

18:00pm - 19:30pm

A conversation on the aesthetics of risk with curator Francesca Carvallo and disaster studies scholar Ksenia Chmutina. Read more

The Linearization of Landscapes: Patterns of Water, Terrain, and Life

Thu 18 June - Thu 18 June - 2020

14:00pm - 15:30pm

A reading group led by Sonia Levy, Heather Swanson and Rachel Murray. Read more

POSTPONED: Risk Related Launch

Thu 26 March - Thu 26 March - 2020

18:30pm - 20:00pm

Introducing Risk Related with a talk from Theo Reeves-Evison on his project, and from Ksenia Chmutina on research into risk across the University. Read more

POSTPONED: The Whole Earth Chanting

Tue 28 April - Tue 28 April - 2020

18:30pm - 19:30pm

The performance of a new musical work for voice and AI. Read more

Risk Music: A Workshop with Helen Papaioannou

Fri 7 February - Fri 7 February - 2020

13:00pm - 16:00pm

A participatory musical workshop with composer Helen Papaioannou, exploring risk in group communication. Read more

For the Love of Corals Screening (IAS 'Water' Theme Launch)

Wed 13 November - Wed 13 November - 2019

14:00pm - 16:00pm

Screening of Sonia Levy's 'For the Love of Corals' as part of the Institute of Advanced Study's 'Water' theme launch. Read more

EURO—VISION Assembly: Recommendations for Post-Extractive Futures

Wed 14 April - Wed 14 April - 2021

18:00pm - 20:00pm

How might we imagine post-extractive futures? What knowledges, practices and tactics can we mobilise in order to do so? Read more