The climate crisis we are experiencing has been exacerbated by a crisis of representation. Artists from different disciplines have been trying to come up with images and narratives that could capture the core issues of this crisis, with varying success. Instead of staging fictional narratives, some theaters started inviting climate scientists and scholars to address the issues of climate change in direct conversations with each other and with the audience. Following that model, TAPS is inviting prominent scientists, artists, activists, and scholars who are working on this important issue to participate in Climate Conversations, which we offer as a direct response to the closure of representation caused by the slow violence of global warming. TAPS and co-sponsor StanfordLive, are approaching these dialogues the same TAPS would our regular productions; they are a new form of documentary theater.
T. J. Demos is the Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the founding Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. Demos was Chair and Chief Curator of the Climate Collective, providing public programming related to the 2021 Climate Emergency > Emergence program at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Maat) in Lisbon. His new book, Radical Futurisms: Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come, is now out from Sternberg Press.
Mark Z. Jacobson is the Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. His work is the scientific basis of the energy portion of the U.S. Green New Deal and laws to go to 100% renewable energy in cities, states, and countries worldwide. In 2019 and 2022, he was selected as “one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy” by Apolitical. In 2022, he received the Visionary Clean Tech Influencer of the Year award at the World Clean Tech Awards.