This pre-performance talk explores the inspiration behind the theatrical collaboration between the Sydney Environment Institute and The Living Room Theatre, titled ‘I just wanted to be alone with her.’ The theatrical work was developed from SEI’s research into artistic communication of academic knowledge surrounding heatwaves and explores the impact of heat on an ageing population. Drawing on a local case study, this pre-show discussion melds together research on the social, political and physiological dimensions of heat vulnerability in Sydney, with the research of Rebecca Scott Bray, to explore how legal, societal, and physical understandings of death intersect with ageing, social isolation, inequality, and climate change.
00:15 Introduction – Danielle Celermajer
03:35 How do Our Bodies Respond to Extreme Heat?
07:25 Social Autopsies of Extreme Natural Disasters
12:00 Is Policy Reflecting a Warming World?
21:20 The Importance of Artistic Communication
28:30 Translating Academic Research into the Visual
Associate Professor Rebecca Scott Bray, School of Social and Political Sciences
Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
Associate Professor Ollie Jay, Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory
Professor Danielle Celermajer (Chair), School of Social and Political Sciences
This Sydney Environment Institute and The Living Room Theatre event was held at 107 Projects on Saturday 8 September 2018.