Olivia Furber, Voyage to Neutralia, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

Olivia Furber with Nour Sokhon and Ramzi Maqdisi
Voyage to Neutralia

Thursday 16 June – Sunday 19 June 2022

Horsebridge Arts Centre

A guided audio tour along the shores of the fictional island state of Neutralia. A tour guide speaks through headphones, introducing visitors to the history of this nation state which withdrew from the global system decades ago, a move towards protectionism which would save its people from the looming climate and energy crises. 

Neutralia has since prospered, developing new sustainable technologies including offshore wind farms that allow it to be self-sufficient, and a revival of popular culture that knits together its society. However, these gains came at a cost to some. 

Voyage to Neutralia is a speculative fiction for a limited audience that takes place on a guided walk along Whitstable’s coastline. The work reflects on our shared crises and solutions, on what might be inevitable or avoidable, and what kind of a future we want to build together. 

The work has been developed by Olivia Furber with dramaturg Ramzi Maqdisi and features sound design by Nour Sokhon, sound mix by Ziad Moukarzel, and voiceover by Caroline Faber.

The walk begins outside the Horsebridge Arts Centre and takes approx. 1 hour, covering a distance of approx. 1 mile. Please note the route includes areas of uneven ground. 

There is one walk on Thursday 16 June – 14:00-15:00 – and Friday 17 June – 17:00-18:00. There are three walks on Saturday 18 June – 11:30-12:30, 14:30-15:30 and 17:00-18:00 – and Sunday 19 June – 11:30-12:30, 14:30-15:30 and 17:00-18:00.