LASER Talks at Dartington - Art After The Collapse

Art After The Collapse is a provocative series of talk events at Dartington. Featuring 15 leading artists and thinkers, the series focusses on the idea that artists can point us at directions for ‘deep adaptation’ to a climate and ecological collapse that some say has already started to happen. Inspired by the school climate strikes, Dark Mountain and Extinction Rebellion, this series takes as its starting point the ways in which artists and thinkers are already reimagining how we can create different futures given that we may face significant tipping points. This series launches the new arts education programme at Dartington.


Value and Trading After the Collapse

Panel: Rupert Read, Luce Goutelle (Unbewitch), Alexandra Geldenhuys (New Dawn Traders)

Friday 22 November 2019, 7PM

Studio 3, SPACE, Dartington Hall


Rupert Read is one of the definitive spokespersons on ‘The Collapse’. He is the co-author of This Civilisation in Finished: Conversations on the End of Empire, with Samuel Alexander. The book describes how ‘Industrial civilisation has no future. It requires limitless economic growth on a finite planet. The reckless combustion of fossil fuels means that Earth’s climate is changing disastrously in ways that cannot be resolved by piecemeal reform or technological innovation…. Unless humanity does something beautiful and unprecedented, the ending of industrial civilisation will take the form of collapse’. He has been a frequent spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.

Luce Goutelle is co-founder of Unbewitch Finance Lab, an autonomous laboratory for experimental research that brings together artists, citizens, and activists to question our relationship with global finance and reclaim the economy. Unbewitch creates visual and sound works, participatory workshops, experimental conferences, creative tools, and speculative stories in relation to finance, using the prism of witchcraft.

Alexandra Geldenhuys is co-founder of New Dawn Traders, which builds ethical supply-chains across oceans, using sailing cargo ships. Geldenhuys comments: ‘A sailing ship physically and metaphorically bridges the gap between distant communities and cultures. The Slow Food Sailing Circus not only carries cargo,but has sailors who are also artists, teachers, makers, performers, musicians, scientists, and chefs. At the moment, 90% of what we buy arrives by container ships, which often use the worst type of polluting fuel, and many treat their crews appallingly. The bigger question is how much of what we buy do we actually need?

CHAIRS: Tracey Warr, Alan Boldon, and  Rob La Frenais



LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 30 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

November 22nd, 2019 7:00 PM   through   9:30 PM
Dartington Hall
Studio 3
Totnes, DEV TQ96EL
United Kingdom

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Phone: 441803847070