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PART 1 | ENGAGE AND EXPLORE 

“Humans are capable of a unique trick: creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. When Martin Luther King said “I have a dream”, he was inviting others to dream it with him. Once a dream becomes shared in that way, current reality gets measured against it and then modified towards it. As soon as we sense the possibility of a more desirable world, we begin behaving differently, as though that world is starting to come into existence, as though, in our minds at least, we’re already there. The dream becomes an invisible force which pulls us forward. By this process it starts to come true. The act of imagining something makes it real”.

Flash floods, dead bees, smelly air – why should I care? Climate change is affecting us all but what exactly is it – this new project aims to put it in plain words. BUILDING SPACES OF POSSIBILITY is highly targeted at young people between the ages of 16-22 who have other things on their minds.   

As an intelligent species, humans are always seeking answers to the bigger questions such as who are we? And why are we here? But often, we look for answers with ourselves at the centre. We forget that people are not in charge and the universe continues with or without us. We need to work in harmony with our surroundings, not try to dominate them.  Everything in our small corner of the universe is driven by keeping balance. On Earth, we see this everyday, in the seasons, our orbit about the Sun, day and night, the natural world (the water cycle, nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle). Our ancestors knew their place within these cycles of nature. In recent times, however, in the name of progress, this need for equilibrium has been forgotten or ignored, forcing our planet out of kilter.

BUILDING SPACES OF POSSIBILITY kicks off in September 2021 when choreographer, Muirne Bloomer and science communicator, Dr. Niamh Shaw will lead a series of introductory workshops in Ringsend, Darndale and Pearse Street to listen to the voices of these young people. Working closely with other artists and scientists, members of the groups will then be invited to craft short artworks across artforms and media.

These will be presented in tandem with a vibrant series of inventive discussion events hosted in partnership with British Council Ireland, live and online as part of Science Week 2021 in November. 

To find out more, email: info@ie.britishcouncil.org  #DanceOnEarth

About the Creative Team

Muirne Bloomer

Muirne is a freelance art professional with over 30 years’ experience in dance, theatre, children’s dance theatre, street theatre, spectacle and a wide range of community arts in Ireland and abroad. Over the last fifteen years, she has been more involved with community led projects and has a natural talent for forging links between different communities and the arts world.   

In 2017, she developed the award-winning Community Arts Festival called Dockers and Demons in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre and local heritage, cultural, arts and educational institutions. In 2016, she was lead artist on CoisCéim BROADREACH’s ALIGHT! – A Dublin City Council Culture Company commission, which was a highly successful National Neighbourhood pilot project. 

Niamh Shaw

Niamh has been creating events to promote STEM to the general public since 2013. In 2014, she was appointed as Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Artist in Residence and has been working closely with them for over 5 years, sharing her passion to ignite people’s curiosity by combining creativity with science topics. She presents the human story of science, creating theatre shows, public events and contributions to media with this focus. She has set herself a life’s mission to get to space, as artist and explorer and shares her activities to her public talks to families and schools. She hopes that by sharing the human story behind such a venture, it will help us better understand our place in the story of space, and the beauty of our planet. 

“In my work as a science communicator and artist, I have found again and again that we assume knowledge about what people do and don’t know around climate change. Simply parachuting into a project with a generic approach will not close the gap between awareness and action nor bring about lasting behavioural change. In order for there to be a tangible shift in understanding around this topic, we have to ensure that people claim the knowledge as their own, and can articulate it in a personal way. Together we need to make sense of  this dense and complex topic and make it relevant to the everyday. And to do this, trusting and meaningful connections are fundamental. Then and only then do we talk about action”. - Niamh Shaw