Prisons and schools use exclusion as the ultimate punishment for those who break the rules. On the other hand, composers, writers and even scientist seek out solitude in order to be creative. So where is the borderline between positive separation and harmful alienation? Emily Kasriel is joined by Australian writer M L Stedman whose novel explores how our morality can change when we are cut off from others; German conductor Alexander Liebreich who has collaborated with some of the world’s most isolated musicians, in North Korea; and Professor Chuck Fisher, an expert on life around underwater volcanoes who tells us about some of the remotest deep -sea creatures.
Illustration by Emily Kasriel: creativity, spurred by intense isolation in the depths of the ocean.