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30 October – 13 November 2020
Experience 15 days of new work, bringing together diverse voices for an online series of arts and culture, in response to the global issues of 2020. Contributors present new possibilities and alternative ways of living and organising society, recognising sparks for change that have the potential to re-imagine a different future.
Free to access, 5x5x5 features creative and personal responses from artists, writers, performers and researchers, including British historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, poet Louisa Adjoa Parker and academics from the University of Plymouth.


30 October: Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Change is coming. David Olusoga, writing
31 October: On the impossibility of perpetual motion, Kat Lyons, spoken word
1 November: Nothing Begets Nothing, Tjawangwa Dema, writing and audio
2 November: Everything, nothing, and more, Louisa Adjoa Parker, writing
2 November: Contested heritage: statues and public memorialisation, Anna Somner, research podcast
3 November: How We Remember: Memory Studies, Monuments, and Black Lives Matter, Dr Arun Sood, research podcast
4 November: Not Trending Anymore, Beyond Face, performance
5 November: Viral Revolution: re-thinking art in the age of the coronavirus, Manick Govinda, writing
6 November: Dementia: a change is gonna come, Professor Sube Banerjee MBE , research podcast
7 November: Ethno – Constitutionals: A collaboration between Monica-Shanta and Helen Snell, visual arts
8 November: The Museum is a Campfire, George Vasey, writing
9 November: Gypsies and Travellers: Myths and Realities, Professor Zoë James, research podcast
10 November: Drift | Hum, Andy Cluer, spoken word
11 November: The Underside of Time, Laura Denning, film
12 November: Compassion in the Community, Dr Alex Cahill, research podcast
12 November: Down-to-Earth – Live Theatre on a Socially Distant Planet, Daniel Jamieson, writing
13 November: Lighten Up Mate, Kane John Mills, performance
5x5x5 does not shy away from tackling the difficult questions that are bubbling at the surface, and instead seeks to provide insight into issues that have been amplified in the current crisis, including: historical memory, social injustice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and caring for the vulnerable and the marginalised. 

As part of the Legacies and Futures season we invited five writers and five researchers to respond to the provocation “Everything is changing. Nothing has changed. Change is coming.” Their work is presented as part of the 5x5x5 series alongside the artwork of five artists commissioned through The Arts Institute Covid-19 art fund*. The series takes stock of this tumultuous time as we are living it through it now, bringing together voices working across a range of art forms and disciplines including; health, law, history, visual arts, literature, music, film, theatre, poetry and spoken word, to ask what they would like to see change.

Dr Sarah Chapman
Our commitment to the safe enjoyment of the arts during the Covid-19 pandemic, means that this season's events are freefor you to enjoy at home.

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