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Life Futures


How has Covid-19 transformed our understanding of life and sociability?

This project explored creative and philosophical responses to the pandemic. Together with local artists and cultural stakeholders, the Life Futures project promoted debate on the conditions of life and creation during the pandemic, and a collective exercise of imagining new possibilities for a post-Covid future.

The programme consisted of four components:

  • A roundtable with artists, philosophers and critical thinkers
  • A workshop led by an international artist to engage Coventry-based artists
  • A new creative commission with local and international artists and critical thinkers about future forms of life after the pandemic
  • Online content to promote knowledge exchange with a broader public audience.

The project explores artistic, creative and philosophical responses to the pandemic

The beneficiaries of the project included local and national artists, cultural practitioners and critical thinkers whose work focuses on sustainability, equity and life forms in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the support of local partners, the activities are open to the general public in order to reach non-academic audiences.

The project created the conditions for artists to produce new work, engage with topical issues and expand their network internationally.

For instance, in the context of this project, Patricia Dominguez invited Anto Taulis for their first ever collaboration with a piece that will be shared online, and in the streets of Santiago, Chile.

Another example is the international working group post-coronialism with members from India, Thailand, Lebanon, Germany and others. This commission will allow them to render their ongoing work public for the first time.

Coventry-based artists also had a significant impact. The contribution from Coventry-based artist Melissandre Varin (self-identified as Black and queer) connects the realities on the ground during the pandemic and the imaginable futures in a post-racist society. Varin is working for the first time with internet generated work and conceiving its display in relation to the online environment.

Watch the final talk below. The talk features commissioned artists Hannah Honeywill, melissandre varin, Patricia Domínguez and Antonia Taulis, and postcoronialism (Abhijan Toto and Jessika Khazrik), moderated by Daniele Lorenzini, Carolina Rito and Federico Testa. This event was an opportunity to hear from the participating artists about their new works exploring the conditions of life during the pandemic, and imagining new possibilities for a post-Covid future.

Find out more about the project

See the Life Futures Exhibition

The project was led by Dr Daniele Lorenzini (Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick), Dr Federico Testa (Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick) and Professor Carolina Rito (Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University).