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Climate Century

 

Climate Century is a five-year project (2014-2018) inviting artists to respond broadly to provocations: how will we understand and remember the climate century? And in considering this question, how might we imagine the condition of climate change, and dystopian or utopian futures, beyond our lifetimes?

The final two years of Climate Century (2017 and 2018) focus on the development and presentation of six commissioned new works.

There is sometimes a desire for environmental art to reinforce or popularise crisis-focused political positions and ‘positive’/action messaging. This is not strange when placed against a desperate need for change.

However, embedded in Climate Century is a recognition that we are in fact likely past the ‘tipping point’; this has in fact been widely acknowledged by global climate scientists in the past two 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.

The commissioned artists are using frameworks that include speculative thinking, post-colonialism, counter-intuition, queer ecology, comedic interventions, body-centred practices, and research processes with non-artist environmentalists and First Nations communities. Their works express a profound sense of grief and the necessarily preposterous, while grappling with pasts and futures.

In 2017 the artists will undertake creative development of their works, participate in a lab with Vitalstatistix and present artist talks and showings.


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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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Latai Taumoepeau

IN LOVING MEMORY

In Loving Memory eulogises forgotten island nations of Oceania, evoking a series of surreal and devastated Pacific Island landscapes, 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.