November 6: Culture in the Shadow of Climate Change w. Ansuman Biswas

Framebreaking Friday #2 – November 6, 2015 w. Ansuman Biswas

9-10: Framebreaking Breakfast at CEMUS

Ansuman, Jesse, Friederike, Ben and Dougald around the breakfast table.

10-12: Lecture and performance with Master Students of Sustainable Development


Ansuman Biswas lecturing for Master Students of Sustainable Development in the CEMUS-run course Worldviews and Visions – A Seminar Series.

14-16: Framebreaking Fridays Research Seminar in the Anatomical Theatre with Ansuman Biswas

Once a month, as the week turns towards weekend, we gather to unsettle some of the frames and assumptions that shape our understanding of the world. An international guest joins us to initiate a conversation that explores spaces in-between. Between disciplines, between the world of art and academia, and between humanity and the more than human world. Our guest this month was Ansuman Biswas, an artist whose work crosses boundaries between science, art and religion.

The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), Riksteatern and the Research Node Mind and Nature welcome you to a provocative and exploratory research seminar in the era of ecological unravelling and social unrest in which we live.

Gathered around the autopsy table for a framebreaking conversation in Uppsalas Anatomical Theatre.

17.30-19.30: Open Evening Event at Uppsala Stadsteater: Dark Mountain Conversations: Culture in the Shadow of Climate Change with Ansuman Biswas


A meeting point between worlds, a conversation that otherwise would not take place, an encounter on the boundaries between art and the academy. The shadow of climate change brings our ways of living into question. Against this backdrop, a series of international guests join us to initiate conversations that start with a performance, a story or an intervention that unsettles our assumptions about the world.

Our second guest was Ansuman Biswas, an artist whose work crosses boundaries between science, art and religion. From directing Shakespeare and translating the poetry of Tagore to collaborating with neuroscientists in Arizona, touring with Björk, running workshops on democracy in a Burmese monastery and spending 40 days locked in the tower of a Manchester museum.

In collaboration with Dougald Hine and participants, Ansuman explored our thinking about ecological crisis within kinds of knowledge that have been overlooked or undervalued by the dominant culture.

These events are a collaboration between CEMUS and Riksteatern, made possible with support from UU Innovation.

Where: Uppsala Stadsteater, Salongsscenen, Kungsgatan 53, Uppsala

When: Friday November 6, 17.30-19.30 (Doors and bar open at 17.00)

Exploring collaborative rhythm and movement in a rehearsal room of Uppsala Stadsteater during the open evening event.