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5 x artists. 5 x writers. 5 x researchers. The 5x5x5 is a new art and culture series that brings together diverse voices to open up a critical debate about pressing global concerns.

As part of The Arts Institute Legacies and Futures season the 5x5x5 invites writers and researchers, alongside the artists commissioned through The Arts Institute Covid-19 art fund, to respond the provocation “Everything is changing. Nothing has changed. Change is coming.”

Everything has changed. In the face of a global pandemic the restrictions applied to our daily functions to limit social interaction and the spread of the virus has revealed the fragility and vulnerability of our constructed systems, exposing many to economic precarity and amplifying already existing social pressures. In a time of uncertainty what are the lessons learned and how might we do things differently?

Nothing has changed. Amidst the talk of a new ‘normal’ and having to adapt to new ways of living there is a creeping fear that perhaps nothing will change, other than the enforcement of further rules and restrictions. To ensure a dynamic society we need the change-makers – artists, writers and researchers – to expose the fault lines and create the sparks for change that present new possibilities and alternative ways of living.

Change is coming. How do we make sense of a situation when we are still living through it? A historian might say it takes fifty years of hindsight to make sense of the larger forces at play. Yet there is merit in capturing the rawness of the present; to not forget the difficulties or the opportunities as they arise. No longer distracted by a purposeful busy-ness, issues that have remained unattended for far too long have bubbled to the surface. Raw and angry. There are some questions that will not wait for history to answer.

Each day over 15 days the 5x5x5 presents a new perspective that intersects with previous voices to provide a multi-layered cultural narrative as to our current situation. The series does not shy away from tackling the difficult questions that are bubbling at the surface, and instead seeks to provide insight into issues that have been amplified in the current crisis, including: historical memory, social injustice, the Black Lives Matter movement, isolation and caring for the vulnerable and the marginalised.

Change is coming. It is always coming. It is up to us to make the changes that we want.

DR SARAH CHAPMAN
Director, The Arts Institute

The Arts Institute

The Arts Institute is the curated public arts programme of the University of Plymouth, which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world.

It comprises The Levinsky Gallery, a space for engaging, contemporary artworks; the Jill Craigie Cinema which screens a diverse range of classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces; a cutting-edge theatre and dance programme in The House; musical performances and concerts, and a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up a world of art, literature and history.

In partnership with The Box, The Arts Institute explores dialogues across history and the contemporary through the latest research, to inform a curated, daring and innovative cultural programme for all to experience and enjoy.


University of Plymouth, Roland Levinsky Building
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA

theartsinstitute@plymouth.ac.uk

This project is delivered by The Box and The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth partnership and supported by Arts Council England.

Acknowledgements

EDITOR
DR SARAH CHAPMAN
The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth

ACADEMIC ADVISORS
DR THOMAS BAUGH, FINE ART
DR KAYLA PARKER, MEDIA ARTS
DR ARUN SOOD, ENGLISH
RUTH WAY, PERFORMING ARTS
University of Plymouth

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
NATHAN GALE
WILLIAM HIBBERD
TRYSTAN THOMPSON

Intercity

ONLINE EDITOR
CHRISTOPHER HUNT
Controlled Frenzy

PRODUCER
DAWN MELVILLE

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
LIBBY CHAPMAN-LANE
MARY COSTELLO
KATIE SHORTEN
University of Plymouth

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
JANE CULLEN
ABIGAIL ASLETT
University of Plymouth

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
ANNA NAVAS
Plymouth Arts Cinema and The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
RYAN WILCE
Plymouth Conservatoire, University of Plymouth

5x5x5 was commissioned by The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth. Find out more about the University’s year-round programme of contemporary art and culture