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