Play and Pragmatism in Energy Futures

 This 3-part program that brings together practitioners from environmental and creative sectors to re-envision the role of energy in our lives. Through film, reading, discussion and a participatory workshop, we will collectively reimagine the road to renewable energy systems.

FEBRUARY 18, 4pm


FILMS and live q&A

Swiss artists Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller will discuss their projects that bring energy histories into the present moment. Ahead of the program, participants will be granted access to Hemauer and Keller’s films Sun of 1913 and A Road Not Taken. All will be encouraged to watch both films, read provided essays and submit questions for the artists in advance of the public program. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A moderated by PPEH Artists-in-Residents Kristen Neville Taylor and Ricky Yanas. Event recording here.

FEBRUARY 25, 4pm


Community, Fantasy and Technology in Energy Futures

This panel discussion is moderated by Kristen Neville Taylor and Ricky Yanas in conversation with Nora Elmarzouky (cultural broker/organizer), Anthony Giancatarino (The Just Community Energy Transition Project), Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller (Artistic Duo, Collide Pro Helvetia Awardees), Rhys Williams (Lecturer in Fantasy Literature, Glasgow University), and others. Panelists discuss strategies for re-imagining energy production in an urban setting and share their own wildest energy fantasies. Interviews and additional resources here.

MARCH 4, 4pm


Energy Proposals Challenge

Participants are asked to develop a tool or strategy that makes their wildest energy fantasy possible. They will reimagine how energy functions in the future and how alternative energy might figure into current or projected systems. Using image and/or language, they might design a new technology, envision alternative energy as commonplace, redesign geopolitical structures, invent a new form of energy, or imagine a less energy dependent society, for example. Final proposals are not limited to any one approach or narrative and are meant to expand our thinking on alternative energy. Participants will have two-four minutes to share their screen and present their ideas to the Practitioners, live or with a prerecorded video. Follow this link for event recording and presentation pages.

Solar Imaginaries is developed out of The Green Sun, an exhibition and symposium organized by Kristen Neville Taylor and Rick Yanas and held August through September 2019. It is part of the
Transition /Transformation annual theme of the
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.