CiC – Cambiare il Clima (Change the Climate)
An encounter between theatre and scientific research for a new narrative about climate change
Italy. With plans to expand it. | 1 July 2020 – ongoing
Our Department DIATI (Politecnico di Torino) is implementing a 5-year project to foster research and education on climate change monitoring, adaptation and mitigation solutions. The project communication component aims to engage the public on what science can do in these domains and to stress the importance to intertwine technological progress with individual awareness and better informed economic and political decisions. To this extent, a story to tell was needed, and we looked for an unconventional language in the science communication domain: that is why a partnership with theatre group FABER TEATER was launched, resulting in the show CAMBIARE IL CLIMA, produced for Biennale Tecnologia of Politecnico di Torino. The design of the show included a first phase where Department researchers and communication officers interacted with the Faber Teater to set communication objectives, targets and key messages, and to identify a draft storyboard. In the second phase, Faber Teater (actors and videomaker) joined researchers in different locations to make shoots and record interviews: Alpine glaciers, cave expeditions, a lab to study the swimming performance of fish, mobile labs, rain simulators, etc. Next, they developed the draft script, that was discussed with researchers to fine-tune such aspects, especially regarding scientific and technical information and data provided. Then the script was finalized and the show was first available in streaming (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) at Biennale Tecnologia in Nov. 2020, and on demand until the end of 2020. In Summer 2021 a series of live performances is scheduled in different venues in North-Western Italy. The next phase of the project consists in the identification of a number of partners and locations for live performances, both for the general public and for schools pupils (aged 14+). In the future, a translation of the format in English is foreseen to extend it to an international public and to apply to international theatre and science festivals
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