Climate change brings many complex challenges and issues: how to handle the energy sector, carbon emissions, food production, landscape management or the most imminent climate threats, etc. What questions does the future pose and what steps and actions should be taken in response? Musicians Václav Havelka and Pan Thorarensen decided to seek inspiration for the future world with the help of what they know best – sound.
Together they embark on an artistic/research expedition. Accompanied by philosopher Lukáš Likavčan and a duo of field-recordists Sara Pinheiro and Magnús Bergsson they venture into areas filled with ambiguity and unsuspected risks. Their special sound instruments are able to capture the innermost technological processes and phenomena that our ears can’t hear.
The expedition takes place in Iceland and the Czech Republic. To gain new insights and knowledge, the musicians explore the environments of the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant with CarbFix underground carbon dioxide storage technology, the Búðarháls hydroelectric power plant, the Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon and the Fagradalsfjall volcano. In Czechia, the expedition visits the Tušimice coal-fired power plant, the Žarošice CO2-Spicer repository, the Kaly aquaponic farm, and the Milovice rewilding reserve.
What future scenarios in the area of climate, power engineering, agriculture and landscape management can emerge from sound? What else can sound tell us beyond what we can see? You can join our expedition through an audio archive, field notes from our travels, a music album and a documentary film, which we will be publishing on our website.
Documentary director, dramaturg, screenwriter and producer. His work focuses on social and environmental themes with a sociological accent. His feature film Byway (2014), capturing a social conflict on the backdrop of the construction of the D8 motorway, sparked the interest of a large audience. In addition to independent documentaries, his focus is on bringing environmental and economic issues to TV audiences, for example in the Ekostory project or the Industria series. In addition to the interdisciplinary project Future Landscapes, he is currently working on the original documentary project Klimageddon. He is also involved in the dramaturgy and production of documentary podcasts, and works as a lecturer in film studies. He collaborates with Czech Television and the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Creative producer and programmer. She works on progressive and authorial film, music and art projects focusing mainly on environmental and social themes. She is the Head of the Inspiration Forum, a discussion platform that holds annual public discussions on social, economic, political, cultural, artistic and environmental issues. She produced the educational documentary project Ekostory, which maps the history of the Czech environmental movement and is also employed as an educational tool in schools. She is in charge of the production of the Screenshot podcast series that provides insight into the thoughts of renowned world figures. She is currently developing an original documentary project entitled Klimageddon and a participatory project of artistic intervention in public space in collaboration with artist Kateřina Šeda.
Musician, songwriter, producer, promoter and composer of film and theater scores. He is a member of a band called Please the Trees, and together with the band’s other members they also want to show their love for trees off-stage. For years now, the band has been planting a tree in every town and city they play and also has been co-organizing a series of concerts for Šumava Wilderness dedicated to the National Park Šumava which is in danger. Havelka has also been performing with the Elpida senior choir. He and his son Šimon have a music project called Sun+Dead.
Musician, producer and event and festival organizer. Pan has composed music for short films and documentaries and released numerous albums under various stage names, one of them is the electronic-ambient-trio Stereo Hypnosis, in which he collaborates with his father, Óskar Thorarensen, and the composer Þorkell Atlason. In 2010 Pan founded Extreme Chill, an annual electronic music festival which has drawn both local and foreign electronic music enthusiasts into the amber embrace of Icelandic nature.
Philosopher focused on ecology, technology and visual cultures. He will be joining NYU Shanghai in September 2022 as a Global Perspective on Society Postdoctoral Fellow. He studied philosophy and environmental studies at Masaryk University, and held positions at institutions such as Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, Center for Audiovisual Studies FAMU or BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. He is the co-editor of the anthology Mind in the Field: Philosophical Realism in the 21st Century (Display / VVP AVU, 2017). In 2019, he published his monograph Introduction to Comparative Planetology, which analyzes the representation of the Earth from the perspective of climate change geopolitics.
A sound-maker. She does sound recording, editing, foley and mixing for film and video art. In her solo practice, she makes acousmatic pieces, usually for multichannel performances, radio broadcasts or installations. She is a member of the live-coding group K-o-l-e-k-t-i-v and collaborates with the Bystrouška Sound Studios, in Prague. She is a lecturer at the Center for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU in Prague and a guest lecturer at the Institute of Sonology in the Hague.
Field recordist and sound enthusiast who has since the seventies been recording sounds of the natural environment as well as city life and is publishing them in a vast online archive titled Hljóðmynd (Soundimage). In his work, Magnus is interested in recording places that are under great pressure due to global warming and places where biological diversity is expected to change in the coming years. As a member of a music collective called Minningar, he is dedicated to documenting the tragic beauty of Icelandic glaciers as they disappear due to human indifference. As a solo artist, he has recorded ambient sounds (ambiances) for several films and worked with various composers who have used field recordings in their music creation.
Culture manager. She engages in the development and production of cultural and audiovisual projects. As part of the discussion platform, the Inspiration Forum, which holds annual public discussions on various social, economic, political, cultural, artistic and environmental issues, she works on the interdisciplinary research programme called IF LAB, which brings together artists and scientists to create multimedia art projects. In 2016 and 2017, she organized the Konektor series of educational meetings aimed at exchanging know-how and networking within the alternative music scene.