Join us for the completion of this year’s Climate Century artist lab on the evening of Friday 1 December.
Seven groups of artists commissioned for Vitalstatistix’s long-term climate change program Climate Century are gathering in Port Adelaide for a week of creative development and conversation. Their incredible new works will feature in a major exhibition and public program presented by Vitalstatisix in November 2018.
Climate Century – a taster, on Friday 1 December, gives you a sneak peak into the ideas and practices of the team of artists that Climate Century has commissioned.
Over the course of the evening you will have an opportunity to select a taster of these experimental projects, delivered to you in short-form platters at the Waterside Workers Hall, the Port River waterfront and Hart’s Mill, as the sun sets on a Port Adelaide summer evening.
A beautiful, convivial and intimate evening (in the style of Adhocracy). Walk, talk, see, imbibe and wonder.
Folks, because of the nature of this special event, numbers are limited – we recommend you book (free of charge!) and don’t miss out!
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 seven 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.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.