climate change

Interview with Klimat:ekot about By the Feet of Men

When I was at the We Don’t Have Time climate conference back in sunny April, I had an interview with the journalist Elin Leyonberg for Klimat:ekot, a podcast about climate change. We talked about how fiction can help to convey the fears surrounding global warming, how it differs from scientific communication and why dystopian fiction is important. I also gave a hot take on By the Feet of Men, incorrectly said that Walden was written in the 1700s, stitched up my parents and literally said the words “framework on which to hang ideas”. Then I disappeared up myself.

Check out nine minutes of a smiling guy in a polo neck below.

(PS: I’m sorry for slamming you, Berlin artists. My answer was off the cuff, arrogant and presumptive. In penance, I’ll attend all your exhibitions and look at all your photos of your friends with asymmetrical haircuts doing moody poses in your whitewashed bedroom.)

#WeDontHaveTime Climate Conference

So I’m going to a climate conference in Stockholm on Monday (22nd April) and joining a panel of artists talking about how they use their art to communicate climate change. I’ll be throwing out a few half-baked observations and wondering whether my inability to formulate complete sentences in English and my inevitable brain freeze halfway through a word is due to the fact that:

- I’ve been living in Germany for such a long time and automatically internationalise/dumb down anything I’m saying

- I only started taking vitamin B12 supplements six years after becoming a vegan and a lack of B12 causes memory loss

- I was always terrified of public speaking and this fear manifests itself as a kind of mental stammer

- All of the above.

Should be fun, anyway. Lots of time to read on those 18 trains to Sweden.

The conference will be broadcast live on YouTube (I think) and on the We Don’t Have Time website (again, I think). I’m on at 15:45.