Scientists say that careering away from potential near-term social and environmental collapse requires stopping business as usual – so what can this imply for artists working today? Where does a new piece of music, a story, a visual artwork, often created in the solitude of one's practice, fit in to worldwide attempts to keep the temperature rise to a (relatively) safe level. These are some of the themes for an evening of conversation with composer, pianist, ClimateKeys founder and Extinction Rebellion arts activist Lola Perrin, who will also convene Peoples Assemblies with the audience for a fully engaged event in which everyone's voice counts.
Doors 6pm, event starts 7pm.
This event accompanies the 2019 Bow Open Show, selected by Carey Young. Bow Arts presents a series of collaborative events exploring how “our current political moment” has pushed the boundaries of expression, both through art and different forms of protest.
Lola Perrin is a composer and pianist who has performed extensively in Europe. She has published ten piano suites and works for two, four and six pianos. She is the founder of ClimateKeys, an initiative that combines live music with guest speaker talks and audience dialogue on action on climate change. To date over sixty concerts have been held in thirteen countries. ClimateKeys has a no-fly policy and is performed by musicians collaborating with local speakers. She is an active member of Extinction Rebellion and coordinates large events including a six hour street piano concert with 32 concert pianists during Rebellion 2018, a four hour Procession through London visiting oil companies to counter their greenwashing, and a music theatre piece at the doors of a major world aviation conference. She has been interviewed by various media in connection with these projects, most recently Bloomberg and Democracy Now. She believes that “using music and art can carry messages directly to the public and into industry because you move people by directly appealing to their emotions. But if you just hold a political meeting without these emotional elements there’s much less willingness for new people to be drawn to the issues.”