Tate Modern Late

The Future Is Near

A photo of Rebekah Ubuntu performing

Rebekah Ubuntu Womxn SRSLY Crebit Rebekah Ubuntu (pictured) courtesy of Alex Gent at Womxn SRSLY Seven (2019)

A night of art and activism exploring climate justice and environmental racism

Join us for a takeover of Tate Modern, exclusively for Tate Collective. Inspired by themes in Olafur Eliasson: In real life, we ask:

  • How do we decolonise climate action?
  • Who does climate justice speak to and for?
  • How can young people act against the climate crisis?

Featuring a sound installation by Darius McFarlane exploring ecology, place and justice. DJ Blue Canariñho also keeps the vibe going all night on the 1s and 2s in the Level 6 South Room.

Tanks Foyer

19.00 — 19.20 Performance
Plastic Dreams

This dance piece by Emmanuelle Soum explores expanding consumerism that leads to an unbalanced world - a world where organisms are dying.

19.45 — 20.30 Performance Lecture
Art in Activism

Writer and poet Zena Edwards combine performance, film and discussion to look at the role culture and arts play in activism, focussing on climate and the environment.

20.45 — 21.15 Performance
1667: Not Alive, Just Living

Working from research into histories of queer and ecological activism, 1667: Not Alive, Just Living is a live double-channel video and sound performance.

Experience spoken word, singing, electronic music and movement led by artist Lou Lou Sainsbury, with music engineering & production by Sean B Goldring.

21.40 — 22.00 Performance
Despair, Hope and Healing

A Dedication to All Black, Brown and Indigenous People Facing Environmental Racism and Fight for Climate Justice.

Rebekah Ubuntu performs an Afrofuturist sound and video performance in three parts: Despair, Hope and Healing. Mixing electronic music, sound bites and vocals over a visual backdrop of archival footage, motion graphics and computer-generated images of the Earth's changing atmosphere.

Tanks Studio

18.30 — 22.30 Showcase

View artwork created by young people in response to the question: Where is South? Produced through educative programme At Work, explore what the Global South means to the world today.

At Work is run by the Moleskine Foundation in Collaboration with Tate Young Peoples Programmes.

Level 3 concourse

18.30 — 22.30 Workshop
Upcycle and Print

Join artist Kay Davis in this textile pattern design and print workshop. Learn about DIY and sustainable print techniques through upcycling packing materials and create your own print patterns.

19.00 — 20.30 Workshop
Framing Climate Change with Resist & Renew

Mainstream narratives around climate change are often criticised for being too white, middle class and Global North centred - focusing on the science or the universal impacts it will have on ‘all of us’. What would framing climate resistance mean when taking these impacts into account? And what would our movements be like?

20.45 — 22.00 Workshop
Reverse Berlin Conference

Jacob V Joyce invites participants to work onto a large map of Europe. Build a 3D re-imagined landscape that resists the interwoven structures of resource extraction and white supremacy.

This workshop provides a critical space for reimagining industries, borders and cultural norms of the continent’s Nation States. Participants will redefine and assert visions of sustainability and accountability into the landscape of Europe's potential future.

Level 4 concourse

18.30 — 22.30 Film

Lok Sath and Waseb by Ali Nobil-Ahmad

In 2010 catastrophic monsoon floods led to the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history, displacing 20 million people and killing thousands. Waseb documents the response of one heavily affected community to these events.

Lok Sath documents a rural community's resistance to the building of a coal power plant in Pakistani Punjab. An experimental film featuring stills, video footage, artwork and animations, it captures a rare victory for South Asian farmers against the combined forces of state power, international financial institutions and Chinese imperialism.

18.45 — 20.15 Workshop

Climate Change and Colonialism

This participatory discussion and workshop looks at the close connections between climate change and colonialism. Led by Wretched of the Earth, A Global South solidarity collective.

20.45 — 21.45 Talk

How the Climate Crisis Affects Me

The environmental crisis can seem like a far-away issue – until it happens to you.

British-Nigerian artist and activist Fehinti Balogun hosts an honest discussion around how the climate crisis has affected him and his family directly, followed by an open conversation on living through the climate crisis and what we can all do to help.

Level 6 South Room

19:45 — 20:45 Talk

Let's Talk: Food Justice

Hamed Maiye and Rochelle White from Eating At The Same Table, Tomi Makanjuola and Ian Solomon-Kawall host a long-table discussion around how the climate crisis affects food and culture.

The Future is Near is curated by Tate Collective Producers.

Tate Modern

Blavatnik Building entrance

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

1 December 2019 at 18.30–22.30

Drop-in to discuss and debate through workshops, talks, films and performance.


Level 6 South Room: Brixton People’s Kitchen

Enjoy free vegetarian and vegan food, available on a first come first served basis.

L6 Bar, juices and drinks.

Tanks Foyer with Crush Bar, juices and drinks

Supported by

the Tate Collective Supporters Circle and Tate Patrons

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