Millipede

1-12 November 2021

Overview

Everyone has a carbon footprint so what does yours look like?

Millipede will be a playful, interactive digital art installation disguised as an online shoe shop. Digital art exhibits, relating to shoes and feet, will be displayed for visitors to discover as part of a specially created website. 

The artworks will be created through film, photography, sculpture, spoken word, poetry and song, reflecting personal responses to climate change and the participants’ carbon footprints. Millipede's exhibits will encourage visitors to reflect on their own carbon footprints and those of others around the world using creative storytelling to inspire and engage.

Millipede is a whimsical celebration of the earth, revealed through a virtual display of shoes and footprints, based on the principle that the answer to climate change is not found in one large leap but the culmination of millions of tiny steps forward.

The project will bring together leading Scottish and Indian artists, and scientists from Edinburgh Science and Science Gallery Bengaluru, working with participants of all ages from community groups based in both countries, to create a digital shoe shop that reflects different responses, perspectives, and lived experiences of climate change.

100 shoes for the digital shoe shop will be created by approx 50 schools and community groups across India and Scotland. National Theatre of Scotland will be engaging with Scottish groups including Viewpark Gardens Trust, Homestart, Bangladesh Association Glasgow and St Teresa’s Primary School, Glasgow and ThinkArts will collaborate with a number of community groups working with children and young people across Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Created by National Theatre of Scotland in collaboration with Kolkata based children’s arts engagement organisation ThinkArts, working with award-winning Scottish theatre makers Shona Reppe and Andy Manley, Millipede will form part of the British Council’s cultural programme in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to be held in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November 2021.

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