As part of the 100 Ideas series, Lift, Aluna Time, and Ahh have three big ideas for London and will present them to the audience who will then be able to explore these ideas in a choice of three interactive workshop sessions.
The Lift New Parliament
For the past 25 years, Lift, the London International Festival of Theatre
, has been at the forefront of innovation in the presentation of arts and in building relationships across sectors. Evolving from this history and in response to shifting global circumstances, Lift has a new vision. At the heart of this vision is the Lift New Parliament
, a new concept in performance space where artists from around the world and the people of London can gather together to share stories, exchange knowledge and imagine and rehearse new futures.
The Lift New Parliament will be a portable and transportable structure with a programme of events and activities curated by an international team of artists and producers who will be engaging with local communities on the issues that matter to us all in the 21st century. It is a place where people are free to talk about the issues that matter most to them, to meet the global challenges that affect us all, and to enable cultural change, alongside political change. With theatre as its medium, the Lift New Parliament will host art that is extraordinary in its own right, as well as allowing audiences, artists and participants to understand it better, engage with it fully, and enjoy it more.
The Aluna Project wants to site a 21st century Stonehenge right in the heart of London, as a beacon for sustainability to enlighten our time-poor, throw-away world. By building the worlds first tidal powered Moon clock on the River Thames, artist Laura Williams wants to create an inspiring and informing public space where we can relearn about the science that has shaped our island nation. Aluna reminds London home of time that the natural rhythms of our watery world are being ignored at our peril.
This 40metre landmark will be truly sustainable - built from recycled glass and lit by the power of the Thames's tides. Aluna will generate its own revenue to support itself by selling the Moons renewable energy to the grid. "Aluna" the Kogi of Colombia word for light/spirit/meaning will chart the Moon's wax and wane, its rise and set, and the tides' ebb and flow, bringing together art and science in an accessible ever-changing light sculpture.
The Moon has been important to religions and cultures around the world since the dawn of time and many of London's festivals are timed by the Moon. Aluna will mean something to all ages, faiths and cultures and is much more than a monumental timepiece it will be a public sculpture, visitor attraction, centre for learning and spiritual escape all within sight of the Meridian. Aluna's team are looking to realise this multicultural symbol for London in time for London 2012.
Ahh (formerly Innovision Media) develops and realises creative ideas across the arts. Ahh propose The Hill
, a major arts and cultural destination to create a world class centrepiece for the Olympics, which will continue to provide a sustainable and adaptable visitor attraction well into the future. The Hill will be a completely new visitor experience, drawing on vast range of skills to create a series of visionary spaces to challenge perceptions and ignite the imagination. Artists will work along side ride-designers; musicians with scientists; film makers with engineers to explore ways to intrigue, entertain, inform, inspire and encourage participation. The target position is Potters Fields adjacent to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.