Aarhus 2017 - European Capital of Culture

About Conversations In Time

‘Conversations in Time’ brings together an audiobook of Suzi Gablik’s important book Conversations Before the End of Time, first published in 1995, along with a series of new conversations inspired by Gablik’s original dialogues. The book was driven by what she believed was a crisis point for art, humanity and the environment.


If the apocalyptic strain in my own thinking was in some ways the trigger, the starting point from which the book launched, it was necessarily the place where it ended up. When conversing with people, frequently I found myself in the role of merely feeding the meter – creating a spaciousness through listening, and relying on something new to emerge out of the moment. Inevitably it did.

Suzi Gablik


Now in her 80s, the book is as relevant as it ever was. On her own re-reading she said, "It could have been written yesterday..."

New conversations between artists, writers and cultural thinkers have been recorded today, broadly inspired by the question posed in Gablik's book:

What is the purpose or role of art in an age of accelerating social change and environmental uncertainty?

These conversations and the audiobook of Gablik’s original book are distributed within the Public Programme ‘Conversations in Time’, part of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017.

*** New conversations will be added through the Aarhus year ***


Aarhus 2017 is delighted to partner with Cast Iron Radio to bring ‘Conversations in Time’ to people across the world via podcasting. These specially curated conversations open up ideas and stories that interrogate and contemplate the place and role of art and creative pursuits as we push into the next decades of the 21st century.

Juliana Engberg, Programme Director Aarhus 2017

Cast Iron Recording + Radio

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Conversations Before the End of Time by Suzi Gablik was first published by Thames and Hudson in 1995. Copyright © 1995 Suzi Gablik.
Reproduced by permission of Thames & Hudson Inc. All rights reserved.