Development Program

Jacob Boehme and Eddie Ladd

Digital Residency

Jacob and Eddie’s digital residency has just started and is precisely two meetings in!

The project looks at models for the making and presentation of socially engaged and responsible work. Jacob’s current research is looking into the United Nations climate change and sustainable development goals mandates, both of which face looming deadlines of 2030. Both Jacob and Eddie are interested in (and are compelled to) address the climate crisis and both are from communities implicated in the problem and that could yet lead the way in finding solutions.

Eddie’s family are farmers in the west of Wales and make most of their income from milk and beef. Farmers in Wales and the UK supply a global industrialised food production system that is one of the causes of climate change. Her interest is to work over the long-term with farmers that she knows, who are friends, neighbours and relatives, to discuss new models for production. Farmers have not ignored the problem and many have sought to implement practical solutions on their own land. But, as the problem is systemic, there may have to be a wholesale re-thinking of the way in which we live.

Jacob talked in the second meeting of using the skills that they have both learned from decades of practice within dance and physical theatre to find ways of addressing climate change beyond the creation of content for productions and performances. Jacob is looking at residency models that bring artists together with communities, sustainable development sector leaders, activists and political leaders under the guidance of global Indigenous Elders, to collectively develop practical solutions, entrepreneurial, humanitarian and creative actions in response to 2 United Nations mandates.

The project has begun with a reading list that includes F.R Schumacher’s Small is beautiful and Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu. There are people to be met for what they hope are the beginnings of a long discussion. They will each produce notes, drawings, and writing and make one action that could help change the situation. The digital residency lasts until June 8th but already Eddie and Jacob sense that their discussions are the beginnings of a much longer and deeper engagement.

Image credit: Dorine Blaise, Hywel Harris & Eddie Ladd

Date & Location

Saturday 22 June 2019 - Sunday 28 July 2019