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Climate Century

 

Climate Century is a major exhibition and public program exploring grief, survival, and reinvention in the climate century. It is the culmination of a five-year project (2014-2018) by Vitalstatistix.

Commissioned artists have responded to themes of memorialisation and speculative thinking embedded in consideration of the condition of climate change at the end of this century, beyond our lifetimes. Their works – which include installation, video, performance, ceremony, and sound – grapple with preposterous pasts and futures.

Embedded in Climate Century is recognition that we are in fact likely past the ‘tipping point’; this has in fact been widely acknowledged by global climate scientists in recent years. Climate change is not a crisis but a condition. Living with, and surviving, this condition is perhaps the great experimental challenge of our times, culturally and scientifically.

Using framework that include post-colonialism, counter-intuition, queer ecology, and speculation, the artists offer surprising and profound art works.

Presented at our home, the Waterside Workers Hall, at Hart’s Mill, and around the Port River waterfront, the program includes performances, talks and an exhibition. Full program announced in August.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Winter Witches

CLIMATE OF CRUELTY

In the absence of known eulogies and memorials for individual animals slaughtered in environmentally impacting commercial industries in Australia and globally, Climate of Cruelty will face the evidence by commemorating the lives of animal species killed worldwide for food.

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James Batchelor and Collaborators

Deepspace

Combining dance, sound and installation, Deepspace is a mesmerising, intimate performance that examines our curiosity for the unknown. Playing at the intersection of art and science, the body is taken to the extremities of remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation.

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Latai Taumoepeau

IN LOVING MEMORY

In Loving Memory: War Dance of the Final Frontier eulogises forgotten island nations of Oceania – the devastated Pacific Island land and seascapes that have been depleted of natural resources for the benefit of Australians.

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Pony Express

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA

Raft of the Medusa is a floating, mid-apocalyptic, participatory performance about trying to stay moored in a rising sea. Set in a speculative future, the ocean has overtaken the land and humans must adapt.

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Emily Parsons-Lord

THERE IS NOTHING ACCIDENTAL OR SURPRISING ABOUT THIS

Over three years the artist will falsify the records of tree ring growth in pine trees to reflect the The Great Dying.

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James Dodd

River Cycle

River Cycle is an experiment in invention and adaptation. James Dodd will graft a bicycle to the ubiquitous tinny, producing a cobbled together watercraft. This object, a working sculpture, will be the central facilitator and discussion point for a series of real and rhetorical journeys exploring speculative sustainable technology and everyday creativity.