September events, TED bookclub – Italy tour, readings in Spain, Sweden and Hungary, film premier and festivals in Belgrad and Poland

September 3rd, Venice

Biennale of Architecture.Opening ceremony of the Danish Pavillion. Panel discussion moderated by Marianne Krogh, curator of the Danish Pavilion  
Andri Snær Magnason, writer and documentary film director
Elke Krasny, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Nina Kovsted Helk, philanthropy director, Realdania
Erik Frandsen, partner, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Lene Tranberg, partner and co-founder, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architect

September 3rd Poland:

Docs Against Gravity
Screening of The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – a Bipolar Musical Documentary With Elephants.
Debate: How to cope with extreme emotions and bipolar disorder following the screening of the film. Partner: Można Zwariować Foundation.—choroba-afektywna

September 4th Chiasso festival

September 5th Bellanzona

12:00 – 14:00 meeting with young group from Fridays for the Future Switzerland. Bellinzona in piazza Governo

September 6th Milano

Panel with the Italian writer Fabio Deotto, a novelist and environmental activist, Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and the journalist Paolo Armelli as moderator. The importance of stories to communicate climate change.

September 8th: TED BOOKCLUB

Online for TED Members Welcome to TED Book Club! Our first book On Time and Water by Andri Snaer Magnason is a vivid exploration of the reality of climate change. Connect with fellow Members to discuss the overarching themes, challenges, possible steps forward and compelling questions raised in the book.


The inaugural (virtual) meeting of the TED Members Book Club will take place in a week. I will be hosting it and we will be discussing “On Time and Water”, an important book by one of global literature’s most indispensable contemporary voices, Iceland’s Andri Magnason.
The book – a hopeful text – draws on science, family history and even mythology to explore a new climate semantics, one that would allow us to confront the (expanding) scale of the climate crisis without our comprehension of it being overwhelmed. Because right now, overwhelmed it is. We know the facts (see for instance this previous post: but the prevailing language that is associated with them describes changes so fundamental that they challenge the very foundations of our understanding of reality.
“We are accustomed to letting words like “global warming” pass by us while we respond to far less significant words. If we could perceive in granular details what the words “global warming” [or “ocean acidification” or “melting glaciers” or “rising seas” or “biodiversity collapse”] contain we should feel terror”, Magnason writes. “Anyone who understands what’s at stake would not prioritise anything else”, and yet “we read the news and watch documentaries, but for some reason we keep to our daily routines.” In other words, we know what each word says in a dictionary sense, but we don’t really understand their deep underlying meaning. The scale of the climate crisis is asking us in a way to leapfrog the current descriptive language (and associated power system) and find a new framing and a deeper kind of knowing. That’s what Magnason attempts in “On Time and Water”.
The TED Members Book Club meeting around his book is scheduled for Wednesday 8 September (12noon New York, 5pm London, 6pm Europe, 9:30pm Mumbai) and is open to TED Members. (Becoming a member is easy:
Further meetings will be around Kate Raworth’s “Doughnut Economics” (17 November) and Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Ministry for the Future” (19 January).

September 8th – Firenze – event with Folco Terzani

September 9th International Online Premier of Apausalypse,

by Andri Snær Magnason and Anni Ólafsdóttir via Emergence Magazine.

Register online here:

September 10th Belgrad

Beldocs – Belgrad – Serbian Premier of The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – Beldocs. (Digitally attending)

September 12th Mantova Festival Litteratura

September 14th Bologna –

Opening talk for FEDORA. The event is organized by the FEDORA partnership and is hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy “A. Righi” of the University of Bologna (Italy) as part of the program of storytelling in science titled “Officina di Narrazione della Scienza” (Laboratory for the Narrative of Science). The event will be held in English. The participation is free of charge after registering at this link. The event can be attended either remotely or face-to-face (Aula Magna, Department of Physics and Astronomy “A. Righi”, Via Irnerio 46, Bologna
4.30-6.30 pm CEST

September 16th Literature House Göteborg – Sweden

September 17th Högenas literatur festival

September 19th Hey Festival Segovia, Spain

September 22nd Budapest – Hungary

Hungarian launch of On Time and Water. 

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