Risk Related

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

Doll in Laboratory (credit Stine Marie Jacobsen)

(Photo credit: Research dummy in the Laboratory of the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre. Taken by Stine Marie Jacobsen during a research visit to Loughborough.)

SLevy-COTL- ProductionStill

(Photo credit: Creatures of the Lines (working title), Production still (c) Sonia Levy )

Holding Error-Correction

(Photo credit: Still from a performance of Error-Correction and Low Animal Spirits by Ami Clarke, who will be updating the works for a new iteration at Loughborough.)

Workshop pic (no credits needed)

(Photo credit: Graphic score. (c) Helen Papaioannou)

HOLDING IMAGE 4 Research Forest (David Bell)

(Photo credit: Loughborough University Research Forest: the setting for Theo Reeves-Evison's 'Seed Casino'. (c) David Bell)

holding pic

(Photo credit: Libby Heaney)

It is often held that we live in a ‘risk society’, with ecological crisis, political instability 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 year-long 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. 

Two major new works have been commissioned from Sonia Levy and Stine Marie Jacobsen, whilst Theo Reeves-Evison, Libby Heaney, FRAUD, Ami Clarke and Helen Papaioannou have been commissioned to undertake residencies culminating either in the production of a standalone happening, or which contribute to the development of larger, ongoing projects.

The academic lead for Risk Related is Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism). Other project partners are listed on the pages for the relevant artistic commission.



Sonia Levy

Creatures of the Lines (working title) Read more

Stine Marie Jacobsen

Body Weather Read more

Theo Reeves-Evison

Seed Casino Read more

Libby Heaney

The Whole Earth Chanting Read more


€uro-Vision Read more

Ami Clarke

Error-Correction + Low Animal Spirits Read more

Helen Papaioannou

Risk Music Read more

Project Partners

Dr Ksenia Chmutina

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism
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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