Scotland's leading arts and ecology festival UNFIX returns tomorrow
- Emma Simmonds
- 10 June 2021
Their digital line-up of eye-catching international events takes place across 17 days
Promising art, ritual, dance, film, music, debate, workshops and more, innovative festival UNFIX returns for its sixth edition tomorrow, Fri 11 Jun. It runs until Sun 27 Jun with a diverse and exciting programme that aims to investigate ecological crisis and renewal through the lens of social, cultural, political, environmental and personal transformation.
Originating in Glasgow in 2015, UNFIX now boasts sister events in New York City, Tokyo and Bologna. Utilising the opportunity presented by our collective move online, this year sees all four cities synchronising their programmes, sharing works which respond to our impact on the planet. Artists from the UK, United States, Italy, Japan, Germany, Mexico and beyond feature in what has been dubbed an 'online dreamspace', as communities across the world come together to celebrate our physical environment and find joy after grief. and hopefully, in the process, will find themselves inspired to take action on the climate crisis.
Festival passes are available on a pay-what-you-can basis and these provide access to over 70 events. The programme itself is divided into two strands. On demand content will be released at 5pm daily and will be available to catch up on through to the festival's close. There will also be over 40 live events, designed to be enjoyed at a specific moment in time.
Opening the festival tomorrow are two contrasting events streaming live from UNFIX NYC. Sunflower Fields is a dance performance and tribute to love and life in a chaotic world from actress, performance artist, butoh dancer and writer Alana Rose, while videographer Robert Morton and musician, composer and educator Jacob Elkin present their film Give Me Your Pain and Sorrow, which considers the emotional toll of the past year and hones in on government responses and the impact on the individual.
The festival will come to a close on Sun 27 Jun, saving some of its most poignant performances for last. A pig mourning ceremony from Edinburgh-based artist and cultural geographer Iryna Zamuruieva will recognise the lives lost due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) pandemic and underground indie supergroup VIDIV – a collaboration of Glasgow-based sound and performance artists – reflect on human mortality and social morbidity using electronic harsh noise. While the final work of the festival is from world-renowned Japanese butoh dancer and choreographer Atsushi Takenouchi, who questions the boundaries between our bodies and environment, and will be performing Skin live from his Italian home.
UNFIX Director, Paul Michael Henry, explains more: 'How humans organise themselves, and the ways of life we strive for, begin in our imagination. Capitalism and our treatment of the planet as a resource started out as ideas, and it's now obvious that they are inadequate and point towards climate change and disaster. The arts and communal exploration through culture offer vital ways to dream otherwise, and to imagine a different future. UNFIX aims to provide a melting pot for work concerned with ecological crisis, climate change, hyper-capitalism and all the things that might help to address them: love, care, imagination, joy and dissent.'
To check out the full programme, purchase a festival pass and get watching, visit unfixfestival.com