Imagine 2037 is a festival of imaginary performances created by artists who are migrants. It celebrates the 20th anniversary of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase by looking to the future. The selected artists will imagine performances shaped by the future.
Micro-performances: Six actions for transitioning to a degrowth world.
August 21 – 26, 2037
Day 1: Remembering
Looking down towards the city, trace the outline of the cityscape with your arm. Repeat at least 20 times, so the movement is committed to muscle memory. Mentally compare this memory to your visual memory of the city 20 years ago.
Day 2: Feeding
Take a sheet of recycled seed paper. Each paper includes three kinds of edible grains. Fold the sheet into a paper plane and throw the planes from Arthur’s Seat into the city, targeting green areas.
Day 3: Decolonising minds
If you have come from the Global South, today refuse to speak English. Actively engage in conversation with other visitors, but rely only on bodily gestures or insist on using your own language.
Day 4: Transitioning
If you are struggling to dissociate productivity with success in a world moving towards decapitalisation, spend an hour using a wooden stick to draw pictures on the ground.
Day 5: Decolonising bodies
To aid the process of decolonising our bodies from the capitalist past, lie down on the ground and invite someone else to lie down with their head on your belly, forming a long human chain. Feel as your head and theirs move up and down with the rhythm of collective breathing.
Day 6: Rejection & commemorating
Stand atop Arthur’s Seat at sunrise. Try to forget the names of all the countries you’ve ever heard of. Then memorise ten names of environmental refugees who lost their lives whilst fleeing disaster. Repeat their names aloud for the duration of sunrise.