Wednesday 20 July 2022

Climate change is a hot topic at the moment, with temperatures this week breaking all records. This Thursday evening bestselling author Jeanette Winterson and Professor Friederike Otto will discuss the climate crisis in an intimate conversation at London's Senate House Library. 

The backdrop to the event is “A Thousand Words for Weather”, a new experience inside Senate House Library and produced with the collaboration of the School of Advanced Study, that forms Artangel's contribution to the World Weather Network (WWN) – an international gathering of 29 arts organisations from around the world.

As part of WWN, each organisation will be taking on the guise of a weather station for a year from 21 June 2022, producing reports, alerts and forecasts that all seek to integrate the imagination of creative artists with the knowledge of climate scientists and environmental thinkers.

As experts debate how best to address the climate emergency, it can sometimes feel like the climate emergency generates more heat than light. The partnership of arts with climate science will be aptly articulated through Thursday’s conversation combining two contrasting minds, meeting for the first time across disciplines.

Charles Burdett, Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, said:

“This week’s record-breaking temperatures have highlighted yet again that the issue of climate change is a growing emergency. How we respond to the crisis could impact on the lives of our children, grandchildren and future generations. It is essential therefore that we discuss not only climate change, but the language we employ to discuss that change.

“This conversation between one of our best-known authors and most eminent professors demonstrates that the arts and climate science may describe the crisis in different ways, but are united in the view that climate change needs to be tackled before it is too late.”

Join Professor Fredi Otto and Jeanette Winterson in conversation at the Senate House library.

Time: 6.30 – 8pm
Date: Thursday 21 July 2022

4th Floor, Senate House
Malet Street

Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis by clicking this link.