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09.07.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Risk, rights and coexisting voices of the Indian Ocean
Conceived and coordinated by Fiona Middleton, Pietro Consolandi and Christantus Begealawuh under the supervision of the two mentors Barbara Casavecchia and Louise Carver. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
08.07.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Frozen reserves, brown clouds, and dissolving wet deltas–Ecosystems in transformation along the Indian Ocean Gyre
Presentations by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (artists and filmmakers); Himali Singh Soin (artist); Ravi Agarwal (artist researcher and activist); Debjani Bhattacharyya (historian); and Marina Tabassum (architect). With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
25.06.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Ocean-Monsoons, Memory and Atlantic Movements
Conceived and coordinated by Jeanne Penjan Lassus (Ghost in the Field), Fiona Middleton, Pietro Consolandi and Joe Riley under the supervision of the two mentors Barbara Casavecchia and Louise Carver. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
24.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: (Pan~)Atlantic Worlds
Presentations by Nabil Ahmed and Lazarus Tamana (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP); Nchongayi Christantus Begealawuh and Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood; Daiara Figeroua Tukano; Donna Kukama; Jeremiah Ikongio. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
22.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Mid Atlantic
With Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
28.05.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Finding perspective. Looking through the waters of the North Atlantic
Industrialization on the Mediterranean coast and its archaeological landscapes
Organised by the participants of the 2020 Ocean Fellowship Program with Vicki Ferrini, seafloor scientist and geoinformaticist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Territorial Agency, Daniela Zyman, Markus Reymann, Louise Carver and Barbara Casavecchia

08.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Ocean Day Special
With Jeremy Jackson, emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.
05.06.20206-8 pm CET
Presentations by Jamie Allen, artist/researcher; Åsa Andersson, land activist from Kiruna; Louise Carver, critical geographer; Leah Gordon, photographer, filmmaker, curator, and writer; Brad Kahlhamer, artist; Damion “Skinny” Mckintosh, warden at Alligator Head Foundation, Jamaica; Claire Pentecost, artist and writer; and Brian Holmes, art and cultural critic.  
01.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: The Gulf Stream
With Anne McClintock, Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
28.05.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Dirty Business & Sunken Lions inc.
Industrialization on the Mediterranean coast and its archaeological landscapes
Organised by the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program Pietro Consolandi, Elisa Giuliano, and Pietro Scammacca
22.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: The "burning" of the Black Mediterranean
With Invernomuto, Alessandra Di Maio, Monika Halkort, Yusuf Haibeh Said, Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program, and guests.
21.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Acqua Alta - The Rising Waters, second session
With Georg Umgiesser (ISMAR), Shaul Bassi (Ca Foscari University), Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Acqua Alta - The Rising Waters, first session
With Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian), Jane Da Mosto (We are Here Venice), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20205.30-6 pm CET
Live discussion with Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20205-5.30 pm CET
Introduction to first trajectory, North Sea to Red Sea, by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Cry of the Lost

On the Opening night of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference
October 31st, 2021 at 7:30PM Theatre Royal, Glasgow PATHWAY TO PARIS This evening's performers and speakers include: Patti SmithBill McKibbenSoundwalk CollectiveTenzin ChoegyalLittle Sun
Co-founders of Pathway to ParisRebecca FoonJesse Paris Smith
& Special Guests



Pathway to Paris brings together musicians, artists, activists, academics, mayors, and innovators to help raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate action and offers solutions to turning the Paris agreement into action. The organization was founded in 2014 by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, launched with an intimate evening of music and speakers immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City. A series of concerts unfolded in North America and beyond over the ensuing years. The events were initially intended to build awareness to help establish a global climate agreement, leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop21) which took place in December 2015, and culminated with two major concerts in Paris, the first weekend of the conference. In November 2017, Pathway to Paris launched the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom in the lead-up to COP 23. The initiative invites all cities of the world to transition off of fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality.



Tonight Pathway to Paris is highlighting a bold initiative to unite the world to turn the Paris Agreement into action, the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom. The initiative invites 1000 cities around the world to become 100% renewable and transition off of fossil fuels in order to make Paris real. This plan involves citizen engagement, supporting cities with the development of their ambitious climate action plans, and a creative implementation process in collaboration with a diversity of partners to develop one thousand 100% renewable cities no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Join the 1000 Cities Campaign and sign the petition to urge your city's leaders to reject fossil fuels and commit to 100% renewable energy #by2040. www.care2.com/1000cities
 We would like to thank all the Mayors around the world who have committed to transitioning from using fossil fuels.
Pathway to Paris’ 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom invites all cities of the world to transition off of fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality. As part of the initiative, Pathway to Paris launched a 1000 Cities Carbon Calculator highlighting a fairshare of carbon budgeting for cities of the world to help ensure the global budget is not exceeded (the maximum amount of allowable emissions in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels). 

The 1000 Cities for Carbon Freedom Initiative is undergoing a comprehensive research project that scans all the climate action plans for the world’s most prominent cities. Many UK cities have been recognized locally and internationally for their groundbreaking work on climate action. They have positioned themselves as leaders, putting in place and acting upon ambitious emissions reductions targets aligned with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C. At the same time, these cities have and continue to face many challenges in meeting the ambitious targets that they have set. There is much about climate action that British cities can learn from one another and that local governments around the world can learn from them. With this in mind, 1000 Cities has created a report that shares insights and provides best practice recommendations from case studies of 12 UK local governments: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, and Somerset.



As an opening song, SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE invites TENZIN CHOEGYAL and JESSE PARIS SMITH to perform KHANDROMA - an evocative and meditative sonic journey to the Kingdom of Lo, known today as the Upper Mustang region of Northern Nepal, leading to the Tibetan Plateau. A spiritual world nestled at 5,000 meters in altitude, in close sight of the highest Himalayan peaks, where remote millenary monasteries have remained unchanged and the Tibetan spiritual identity is preserved through its connection with nature.
Soundwalk Collective travelled to this region to record sounds surrounding the world’s highest monasteries — the flapping of prayer flags, the chanting of blessings, the echoes of wind from the valley below, and the interplay of sound and silence. The piece invokes Khandroma, a spiritual muse and deity in Tibetan Buddhism - an energetic volatile being also known as “the one who traverses the sky” or the “sky dancer”, and reflecting the air that we all breathe and share as one on this planet.


As a second act, SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE with PATTI SMITH and JESSE PARIS SMITH perform CRY OF THE LOST, a sound piece composed of underwater recordings deriving from the TBA21–ACADEMY sound archive that documents the voice of ocean life in contrast with the destructive impact of manmade acoustic pollution overall species of marine life.
Following the musical instrumentation and composition written by Soundwalk Collective, the piece features additional recordings carried out by sound artist Jana Winderen during field trips in Belize, Panama, Dominican Republic, Norway and Iceland; as well as recorded detonations of the seismic airgun blasting acquired from Simone Baumann Pickering’s lab at Scripps Institute for Oceanography, and cello written and performed by LUCY RAILTON.

“Back in the ’50s, scientists used to throw live dynamite off the stern of the ship, and by recording the reverberation of the blasts as they bounced back from the bottom, they were able to map the sea-floor.  Many sailors’ lives were lost in the process. 
The oil and gas industry then devised a less dangerous method for humans, but it proved to be far more dangerous for whales and dolphins. They developed large arrays of Seismic airguns towed behind a ship, each one firing highly pressurized air into the water, producing even louder explosions with blasts of up to 250db…
These sounds travel even further, penetrating the sea bed, in order to scan rock formations for any oil and gas hidden beneath them. This became standard practice, and is one of the loudest sounds ever produced by mankind! And by the end of the 20th century, every corner of the world’s oceans was besieged by the volleys of seismic airguns. 

They are detonated worldwide every 10 seconds, for months on end. As such, one oil exploration vessel, (and there are over 40 of them), detonates the equivalent of the entire oceanic nuclear test program, every 3 days. 
They do that mostly along the food rich continental shelves which is where most pelagic species migrate. 
Recent studies have demonstrated that these invasive techniques also decimate Zooplankton in a massive scale at every blast, destroying the building blocks of the entire ecosystem, and tearing at the ocean’s natural balance from the bottom to the top of the food chain.
More visible to us are the heart breaking stories of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals that beach themselves with terrible internal haemorrhaging and brain damage. We all hear about these events on the news, but we hardly ever hear the whole story.” - FRANCESCA THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA (Founder and Chair of TBA21 and its sister organisation TBA21–Academy) and author of Sounds Too Many, an immersive lecture-performance on sound pollution in the oceans.

The live performance is accompanied by visualizations by TERRITORIAL AGENCY to provide visceral insights into the scale and mechanics of the ecological threat that is sound pollution in the ocean.
CRY OF THE LOST is part of a collaborative body of work and series of album projects between PATTI SMITH and SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE, entitled CORRESPONDENCES, due for publication and release in Spring 2022.


Patti Smith Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York City in 1967. Her extensive achievements as a performer, author, recording, and visual artist is acknowledged worldwide.Released in 1975, Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010, and she has since released twelve other albums. She is a four-time Grammy® nominee and a Golden Globe nominee. Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, received an Emmy nomination.Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award for her bestselling memoir, Just Kids, chronicling her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her books include Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, M Train, Devotion, and Year of the Monkey.Smith has received much recognition for her achievements including the honor of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. She was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award in 2010, and was the recipient of Sweden’s 2011 Polar Award. In 2016, she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin. Smith received the Laurea Magistrate causa from Parma, Italy and an honorary doctorate from Padova University. In 2020, she received the literary service prize from PEN America and the Wall Street Journal acknowledged her as a Literature Innovator.Smith resides in NYC, and currently writes, performs, and lends support for human-rights issues and environmental groups, primarily Pathway to Paris. She is a featured writer on Substack, where her twice weekly writings and readings can be subscribed to online.  

Jesse Paris Smith is a writer, musician, producer, and co-founder of Pathway to Paris. She has been performing, composing, and recording music since 2004. In 2014, she and cellist Rebecca Foon founded Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality by offering tangible solutions for combating global climate change. In September 2019, along with Tenzin Choegyal and Laurie Anderson, Jesse released 'Songs from the Bardo,' an album inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was nominated for the 2021 Grammy® Awards. She has been a certified Grief Support Coach since 2017. In February 2019, she released her first solo single entitled, ‘Legacies,’ with all proceeds going to Pathway to Paris.  Jesse was born in Detroit, and resides in New York City.

Rebecca Foon is a musician, activist, producer, and co-founder of Pathway to Paris.  In 2014, Jesse Paris Smith and Foon founded Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality. Together they launched the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom in 2017, supporting cities in developing and implementing cutting edge climate action plans. She has performed and recorded internationally, most notably as co-founder of the modern chamber post-rock and Juno Award winning ensemble Esmerine, as a member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Set Fire To Flames, a member of Colin Stetson’s Sorrow ensemble, and her electro-acoustic songwriting project Saltland. In January 2020, Rebecca released her first album under her own name, Waxing Moon, with all proceeds going to Pathway to Paris.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director, cultural ambassador, and one of the world's finest musicians in the Tibetan tradition. As a son of Tibetan nomads, he feels a particular connection to the music of the high Himalayan plateau. Forced into exile in India as his family fled the repression in Tibet, he now resides in Australia.  
As a child, Tenzin would listen to his mother sing in the nomadic style, often noting her as an early influence of his passion for singing. He plays lingbu (bamboo flute) and dranyen (3-stringed Tibetan lute, though is best known for his extraordinary vocal ability and performance of droklu, the nomadic music of his parents. He channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. While proudly continuing the unbroken nomadic lineage which is central to his repertoire, Tenzin also embraces opportunities to take his music into more contemporary, uncharted territory. In a career spanning 20+ years Tenzin has performed at festivals across Australia and curated numerous events including Brisbane’s annual Festival of Tibet. He has performed in New Zealand, Japan, India, Germany, Bangladesh, Russia, and USA, including NYC’s Carnegie Hall.
Tenzin has nine albums, three with his fusion band, Tibet2Timbuk2, and regularly performs with Camerata Brisbane’s acclaimed Chamber Orchestra. His collaborative albums include The Last Dalai Lama? with Philip Glass, Peradam by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, and the 2021 Grammy® nominated Songs from the Bardo, released with Jesse Paris Smith and Laurie Anderson. He is currently working on a new album, ‘Dear Ama la,’ with Camerata Chamber Orchestra. 

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is an experimental sound collective founded by Stephan Crasneanscki in New York City (2000 – present), and joined by Simone Merli in 2008. The Collective operates in a continuously rotating constellation of sound artists and musicians. Their approach to composition combines anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narrative, psycho- geography, observations of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis. The source material of their works is linked to specific locations, natural or artificial, requiring long periods of investigative travel and field work.
Collaborators include Patti Smith, Ethiopian Jazz musician Mulatu Astatke, Nan Goldin, Jean-Luc Godard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and contemporary dance choreographer Sasha Waltz.
Throughout the years, the Collective has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, documenta, Manifesta, Fondation Carmignac, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Chateu de Versailles, Centre Pompidou, Palazzo Reale, Museo Madre, MuCEM, MUDAM, New Museum, CTM Festival, Berghain, New York’s Times Square, Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Tokyo, NY; among others.
»Peradam« is their latest album with Patti Smith, featuring Anoushka Shankar, Tenzin Choegyal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, released September 2020. The album is based on René Daumal’s novel Mount Analogue: a Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing, in which the French writer, critic and poet mapped a metaphysical journey to “the ultimate symbolic mountain” in search of meaning. Daumal introduced the idea of the “peradam”, a rare, crystalline stone, harboring profound truths, and only visible to seekers on a true spiritual path.

In the aim to call citizens of the world to action, tonight we will ask all 1550 audience members to share a solar-powered sunrise, where everyone raises their Little Sun lamps, creating a feeling of connectivity and empowerment. After the event, the lamps will be collected and donated to school children in the Arusha region, Tanzania, helping Little Sun on its mission to fundraise $75,000 to equip 5,000 children in rural Africa with solar lamps so they can learn their lessons, stay in school, and break down barriers to opportunity.Find out more on littlesun.org/powertoread

Established in 2012 by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun is a nonprofit organization working to deliver affordable clean energy and inspire climate action. Little Sun distributes energy tools, designs and implements renewable energy programs, and leads citizen engagement campaigns globally, partnering with solar experts, artists, companies, governments, communities  and nonprofits to achieve universal access to clean energy. Little Sun has helped provide power and light to over 3.2 million people who would not otherwise have access to it, and in 2021, is hoping to grow even further. Their work has reduced 800,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved households living beyond the energy grid $150 million in energy expenses.  Little Sun works primarily in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda, and Zambia, drawing on the expertise of in-country staff. Through close partnerships with local organizations, Little Sun also works in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. Little Sun has offices in New York, Berlin, Addis Ababa, and Lusaka.www.littlesun.org

This evening is supported by Ben & Jerry's, Regular Music and Sustainability Solutions Group. All proceeds from this evening go to the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom by Pathway to Paris.
“In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.”– Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith
“These meetings mark a critical moment in history, as we collectively need to come together to massively ramp up our targets and actions. Cities play a critical role in transforming our world out of the era of fossil fuels and into a renewable world. This is our time to make this shift and transform our nations and cities to become sustainable and resilient for us all and future generations. This is our chance as our window of time is drastically narrowing.” – Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Rebecca FoonPathway to ParisTheatre Royal, GlasgowOctober 31, 2021

Run of Show*Subject to Changes

Piano and Cello Improvisation with Poem 
Rebecca Foon, Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith
Pathway to Paris - Opening WordsJesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon
Councillor of Glasgow, Susan Atkin 
Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed 
KhandromaTenzin Choegyal and Soundwalk Collective
Youth Speaker (tbc)
Little Sun SunriseJesse Paris Smith, Rebecca Foon, Tenzin Choegyal
LegaciesJesse Paris Smith
Words and Letter WritingBill McKibben
Heartstrings and Elemental Prayer Tenzin Choegyal
I Only Wish This For YouRebecca Foon
Rachel Bandha, Fairtrade
Cry of the LostPatti Smith and Soundwalk Collective
Patti Smithwith Tony Shanahan, Rebecca Foon, and Jesse Paris Smith