Public Engagements

One of the primary aims of this project is to facilitate various types of public engagements and performances designed to ignite critical dialogue between and among artists, scientists, and local community members around relevant issues.  To this end, this first phase of Transportation Transformation: Migration, Teleportation, and Railways has achieved some important milestones.   First, narratives from the African Caribbean community of Chapeltown and from physicists at University of Oxford Department of Physics were collected.  Next, these narratives (from African Caribbean community members of Chapeltown, Leeds and from quantum physics researchers at the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford) were brought together with key historical moments in the history and cultural of Leeds Central Railway Station to create the backbone for the performance script.   Simultaneously, video footage was gathered from the Leeds Central Railway Station and from the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. The footage collected was edited for insert at critical point into the live performance and a short video was compiled as a part of the performance experience.  Along the way, two local community artists, a dance specialist and a theatre artist – both with lifelong history in the Chapeltown community- a photographer/videographer and I participated in a day-and-a-half immersion in the life of quantum physicists at the University of Oxford.  This immersion experience allowed the artists and me to have explicit and tacit information to draw on in the construction of the characters embodied in the performances and the videos.  The performances and videos serve as the catalysts for the critical public dialogues that have taken place, which the most explicit manifestations of the project’s aim.

Importantly, this website, as a first point of public engagement, was erected within the first two weeks of the project’s commencement.   The site is designed to provide information, serve a log of varying types of face-to-face researcher and community engagements evolved during the project’s initial phase, offer a touch stone for local community members and engage a virtual community.



    • Carol Marie Webster

      Hello Celia:
      Thank you for coming to the performance and for your comment. More performances and community engagements are being finalised and will be posted on the website. Look forward to seeing you soon.
      Bests, CM

  • Sam

    I`ve never been so inspired by a performance before! I can`t even list everything I got from it. I have always steered away from “science” preferring to go with beliefs and feelings. Since watching the performance i`m hooked on learning about astro [quantum] physics (I literally know nothing about it!) and a greater understanding of that seems to be a greater understanding of life! e.g if every photon behaves diferently when observed is it conscious? and does that mean everything we are made of is? and also the rest of the universe? how amazing. I also enjoyed linking ideas like entanglement (which i`m also at the very beginning of understanding) with relationships e.t.c. I`m really enjoying the thought processes that have followed watching this and also the discussion after the performance. plleeaaassseee do more. even if its just repeating this performance again soon 🙂 peace and love 🙂

    • Carol Marie Webster

      Hello Sam:
      You have presented great questions!!!! We are in the process of finalising more community engagements and performances. These will be posted on the website shortly. Also, please check the website for upcoming discussions that are likely to be of interest to you. Look forward to seeing at our next event. Bests, CM