‘…the relationship between fiction and reality is turning upside down…. we are increasingly living in a world of fictions, and that is why the writer’s task is not to invent fiction. Fictions are already here, and the writer’s task is rather to invent reality.’ JG Ballard
We are all familiar with those well-known stories, the published fictions that can ever so subtly shift our perception. But there are other stories that sit in the shadows that are so embedded within our lives that they fall from sight to become viewed as reality itself. These stories can inhabit our minds for a lifetime without their outlines being noted or their influence sensed. Yet they act as our interpreters to the incredible complexity of reality, framing our actions and interactions with the world around us. Our stories can offer reassurances of control in a world of flux and uncertainty. Yet such comfort comes at a price, and the cost is about to become too high. The impact is increasingly terribly evident as the environment degrades and species disappear. Stories can be the most dangerous things in the world.
This year Studio 03 entered the realm of stories. We unveiled and infiltrated the stories we live within, mapping their influence and determining their form so we might propose alternative realities and potential futures. We began in the heart of Brighton’s own tourist story on the seafront parade. A famous seaside escape founded on stories of princes, and fantasy pleasure palaces, Brighton is set within lost marshes, fishing grounds and drained rivers. Instruments guided our first steps as we compiled field guides to our embryonic realities as foundations for our own palaces of escape, portals to our alternative futures.
In the UN International Year of Biodiversity, and sited within the UNESCO Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere, we championed the aims for sustainable development set out by The Living Coast and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The following is work produced by the studio this year.