At a point where our futures feel arguably increasingly uncertain and volatile, and where atmospheres of anxiety are pervasive,Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging timesprovides a space to take time to talk, take stock and reflect on how we might imagine and indeed create conditions for positive change. With plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops and a walk, this event sets out to act as a space where questions on the creative possibilities as well as the civic duties and responsibilities of institutions and organisations can be mooted.
Furthermore it invites us to consider how we might sensitise ourselves to the needs of seemingly diffuse and disparate, yet intensely related issues and concerns, such as identity and environment? How might we do this better and what is that we need in order to do so? Knowledge, imagination, generosity, tenacity, new ways of working/seeing or hearing, abilities to affect or mobilise change, abilities to reset, withdraw and reboot? Such are the questions that will be attempted. We cordially invite you to join us but we can only guarantee that we will leave with more questions than we start with.
Contributors will include:
Colin Grant (Author and Historian)
Professor Neelam Raina (Challenge Leader for Security, Protracted Conflict, Refugees and Displacement Global Challenges Research Fund, UKRI and Associate Professor, Middlesex University)
Mark Prest (Curator and Founding Director, Portraits of Recovery)
Ruth Catlow (Co-Director, Furtherfield)
Tony White (Author)
Alice Black (Director, Design Museum)
Professor Toby Miller
Kasia Molga (Artist)
Nick Makoha (Poet)
David Harradine (Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice, RCSSD and Artistic Director, Fevered Sleep)
The BeatFreeks Collective - Free Radical
Greenwich Welcomes Action Group