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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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Trying to change the world, not understand it

New Rules

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
January 5, 2021