You’re Safe Til 2024

image by leanne dixon

Imagine a ship sailing from the past into the future. We are the passengers on this ship, we are also the crew.

Picture this ship, shaped like a planet, sailing through an endless empty vacuum. We have limited resources, and there are no other ships out there. We are completely on our own.

Every decision we make, every action we take, slightly alters our course.

For a long time, let’s say the last 12,000 years, we were sailing in one direction, at a steady speed, and that course seemed pretty safe.

Several centuries ago, we started to change course. We took on new passengers at an exponential rate. And we started accelerating in this new direction faster and faster.

Right now we’re in unfamiliar waters. As far as we know, no-one’s ever been here before.

We can’t turn around and go back the way we came. We have to navigate through somehow.

And if we get in trouble – if we hit a rock and start sinking, in the middle of the ocean, there’s no-one coming to help us.


Over the last couple of years, I’ve been interviewing scientists about the changes happening to the world today: population growth, climate change, mass extinction, pollution, urbanisation, new technologies, and so on.

Each scientist has nominated one object that they think represents something about these big global shifts. The result is a unique collection of items: christmas tinsel and wave energy generators, golf clubs and whale song, and many more.

In this performance, I unpack the fascinating stories behind these objects, and what they signify for the world we live in.