‘We don’t know how to do democracy. We don’t know how to make decisions together, how to create generative compromises, […] until we have some sense of how to live our solutions locally, we won’t be successful at implementing a just governance system regionally, nationally or globally’
– Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy
When Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament earlier this year, 202 hours of Representative Democracy were lost.
For Oh God Not Another One, Selina Thompson Ltd and the people of Leeds and Manchester will reclaim those hours, investigating politics beyond representation.
Following a postcode lottery, we will bring together a ‘Kitchen Table Council’ of locals and the hot political problems of the day, to make solutions and action them together.
Come: watch, support and take your seat at the table as we throw a small, provocative challenge at our elected representatives in the wake of another snap election.
Can we reach consensus? Can we do politics better than those who claim to do it for us? Will we change the world… or will all the problems we get be about bins and sound levels?
Originally conceived as Sortition in 2018, the project returns to Leeds, Manchester and London this year, and will be our first new work since salt: we couldn’t be happier.
Oh God, Not Another One is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, East Street Arts, Leeds International Festival and The Lowry (for WEEK 53 festival). Originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and The Arnolfini, supported by Jerwood Arts, by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport.
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