I love live events…
I have worked in arts and events creating experiences and environments that involve an audience on a deep level – participation, energy, chance – all my favourite things. My passion for experience and serendipity led me to work in live events, this work helps me understand people and places and helps me explore creativity.
…but something needs to change.
In their very nature events are ephemeral, fleeting, passing experiences. These experiences leave lasting impact on attendees, although in a more informed age, what lasts of material waste is a gigantic problem.
There has now come a time that I feel so bewildered by inner conflict that I am compelled to make change in the way live events function.
The temporary and fleeting nature of live events has encouraged such overwhelming single use of materials, materials that should be valued far more. Waste is a huge problem wherever the useful life of a material is short. We know that waste is particularly brutal and damaging when the materials are of single-use.
The shortness or single use life of a material or product really all boils down to the design. We extract and propagate natural resources from the earth, we use them in useful ways, we then dispose of them. When this is done in a linear, single or short use way, we require heavier and more frequent extraction or manufacture of the resources. If the design of the use changes to slow down this process we can decrease the demand on the earth for natural resources and power, embrace responsible manufacture and champion circular economies – making the whole thing more efficient. Designing better really could unveil the hope for sustainability.
It’s about time that things changed, which is why I am launching The Textile Review. I have a vision of a future where events take responsibility for the resources they use and the energy in the manufacture of the materials and the build. I’m imagining all sorts of solutions where single-use-per-event is a thing of the past. We will preserve the value in our resources, skip the skips, reduce and re-use. We will work toward this common goal with care and collaboration, and long creative events shall live!