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New Rules

New Rules

By David Finnigan
A monthly audio series about how art and storytelling meets the world of complex systems, earth science and planetary transformation.
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No new normal

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What theatre teaches us about preparing for disaster
People have described Covid as a kind of rehearsal for the oncoming crises of climate and global change. But if it is, it's a very particular kind of rehearsal that theatre-makers know as the 'stumble through'.
14:01
October 13, 2021
Does someone deserve to die for this?
Have we all become quietly radicalised in the last two years? A dive into the world of climate activism in the last three years - what drove the sudden escalation in the year 2018, where are we headed next, and how has lockdown turned each of us into our own kind of radical?
11:28
September 15, 2021
No new normal
The thing I find hardest to process about planetary change is that we're not heading towards a new normal. There's no new paradigm that we'll reach. The impacts won't hit in one single burst or a smooth continuum: they will accelerate. So how do we make sense of this in the context of our own lives? For me, processing the crisis comes down to asking myself three questions: 1. How should I live? 2. How can I help? 3. What should I work towards? This is what I dive into in this episode..
12:44
August 17, 2021
You're not a primate, you're a missile
Things change when you become an accelerated species.  A story about the difference between shooting an animal and striking it with a car, and about roadkill that hits back.
07:59
July 13, 2021
Trying to change the world, not understand it
In this episode, I talk about the connection between scientific models and games. Both are tools to help us think about the world - but not just for the sake of understanding it. Instead, scientists and artists model the world so we can help transform it.
12:10
June 7, 2021
In praise of shifting baseline syndrome
Some people say we need to remember what we’ve lost, in order to fight to stem those losses - but increasingly, I wish I could forget the world of my childhood altogether.
08:03
March 5, 2021
My personal moral hazard
In 2015 I wrote a play called Kill Climate Deniers. One of the scariest predictions in that play - one of my personal biggest climate fears - took place last year. But I was completely wrong about how I’d react. I don’t think I realised until this year how much my values and principles are shifting as the crisis escalates. Things that used to scare me I now welcome - and it's a little scary.
10:44
February 13, 2021
The end of climate art
'Climate art' emerged several decades ago as a label for art and storytelling engaged with climate change. Around the turn of the century, the genre label made some sense. But the 21st century has seen a growing awareness that climate change is not a scientific issue: it's the backdrop against which all other issues take place. Climate is not an issue, but an era  - and so every artist alive today has become a climate artist, whether they like it or not.
08:08
January 15, 2021
Where's the hope?
As an artist making work about the climate and the environment, the most frequent question I get asked in interviews is, ‘Where’s the hope?’  But I find myself asking myself: Are you asking for a way to help or a way to make yourself feel better?
06:56
January 5, 2021