Pablo Suarez, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently hosted an original, interactive game session focused on art for risk communication at the National University of Singapore Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk (NUS-LRFI).
Suarez, who was recently appointed Artist-in-Residence at NUS-LRFI, led a session titled “Innovative Risk Communications: Linking Art, Science, and Practice,” in which he used interactive games such as “Rock, Paper, Virus!” to address cyber-security concerns, and virtual reality to help participants experience forecast-based financing for flood preparedness downstream of hydropower dams.
Suarez is the co-author of a 2012 Pardee Center Report titled Games for a New Climate: Experiencing the Complexity of Future Risks, which was the result of a 12-member Task Force convened by the Pardee Center in collaboration with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre.
LRFI seeks to explore the potential of innovative communication mediums such as arts and games to help people better understand risk and make informed decisions enabled by science and evidence. Suarez is collaborating with 2018 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows to contribute to this Art+Risk endeavor, including through data sculptures on Tanzanian demographics with Kirsten Carey, and culinary art to explain the impacts of climate change on oysters with Ariana Gunderson.