Two Degrees opened with an evening of free performances and events at Toynbee Studios. Events included:
• A Promising Family Picnic by the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, who used their fee to travel from Liverpool to Croatia on land calling in on route to declare their families flying sins, to share and speak about their reasons and responsibilities as a child, a father and a mother.
• Daniel Gosling’s video installation I Can Feel the Ice Melting, which borrows the title of a little-known 60s soul song about succumbing to romantic love, exchanging the gentle lilt of its namesake’s vocal for the distant whine and roar of passenger jets as they pass over a patch of rural England.
• A bike-powered DJ set from Magnificent Revolution, a collective of artists, musicians, designers, ecologists, engineers and freaks, weaning themselves off the fossil fuel drip via the revolution of the bicycle wheel.
• The first chance to sample Richard DeDomenici’s Plane Food Café