Austin Houldsworth
2007/9

Surviving with Englishness
Global communication subjects us to apocalyptic visions of society on a daily basis, through the media as well as religious writings. While we are fascinated with the possibility our civilization's breakdown, we often focus our attention on the dramatic and extreme consequences without thinking about the smaller and possibly mundane aspects that make us human and retain our dignity.

This project explores how an Englishman/woman can retain a small part of their culture during extreme circumstances, imagining novel ways in which a simple cup of tea can be brewed.

Image1 -- Carbon emissions are rapidly cut in countries worst hit by climate change. (Manufacturing reduced to a minimum) Fisherman and builder, Nick Ryan breaks his ‘Thermos’ flask on a camping trip. Unfortunately for him the manufacturing legislation banned the production of luxury items – a category which a ‘Thermos’ flask comes under. He decided to make his own version with a few bricks – mild steel and wood.

Image2 -- Peter Richards, a retired BNFL nuclear engineer understands the chances of survival and the reality of fallout. At 64, instead of building a placebo bunker, he invents a way of having a cup of tea during his final moments on this earth.

Image3 -- Eileen Walker, an ex-chemistry teacher invites a few people round for dinner. As a special treat she uses her “home-made” Sodium Acetate kettle for a rare (and welcomed) cup of tea.



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Extreme Weather becomes a routine event
Extreme Weather becomes a routine event
Nuclear war looms as tensions mount between heavily affected countries and geographically stable places
Nuclear war looms as tensions mount between heavily affected countries and geographically stable places
Infrastructure irreparably damaged
Infrastructure irreparably damaged