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A series of commissions exploring risk and its social, ecological and economic relations.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tue 28 April - Tue 28 April - 2020
18:30pm - 19:30pm
The performance of a new musical work for voice and AI. Read more
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
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
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