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, 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.



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 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