Fringe Arts Bath
Sat 28 May 2016

utopia:dystopia in conversation

with Richard White

A free and open conversation in which artists, writers, thinkers and anyone else who wants to join in can engage with themes that correspond with the best of our aspirations and the worst of our nightmares. The conversation starts and concludes with a guided stroll through utopian Bath, wearing dystopian glasses, led by the celebrated walking artist, Richard White.

Walk1: 11.00 Open the conversation, stretch minds and legs on a networked walk to The Finest View in Europe (but it may cost you to get in!)
Out of the enchanted city, over the fields, up the hill and back again down the road.
Meet at reception, Bath School of Art and Design; Approx 3 mile walk. Return approx 13.00.
Walkers are invited to consider, share thoughts and generate resonances on some of the dystopian aspects of Bath and the people who made it - not least its ambivalent relationship with slavery.

1330 for 1400 - 1700 Lecture Theatre
Guest speakers include:
Kate Rigby, the newly appointed Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University and author of Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe;
Linda Williams, a specialist on human-animal relations, climate change and mass species extinction; and
Rachel Withers, writer and critic, focussing on art and ideas.

Walk2: 17.00 The conversation continues in the café, online and on foot walking through the heart of utopian Bath, approx 19.00 arriving at “Bath’s Artisan Quarter” for exhibitions and the utopian/dystopian pub, The Bell, in Walcot Street.

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Venue: Lecture Theatre, Bath School of Art and Design


Saturday 28th May 2016

Price: Free
Start time: 11:00  
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Venue access: Full wheelchair access