Performing the future: Risk, uncertainty & artistic process

Rachel Jacobs, Frank Abbott, Lachlan Urquhart, Dominic Price

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This paper follows a practice-led methodology to explore how the diverse participants in the 'Performing the Future' project - including scientists working with climate models and over-60s groups in Liverpool and Cambridge - mediated their sense of risk and uncertainty in response to environmental change. We explore the nature of their participation and the different strategies used by the artists leading the project, describing the opportunities that emerged for more nuanced and complex visions of the realities of anthropogenic environmental change, and how we might respond to the impacts of these changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1171-1185
JournalJournal of risk research
Issue number9
Early online date17 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • art
  • risk
  • climate change
  • environmental change
  • future
  • uncertainty
  • artistic methods
  • performance
  • care
  • reassurance
  • abundance
  • co-production
  • co-creation
  • storytelling
  • slow technology
  • practice-led methods

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