Climate Century commission
The farming of animals for food is accepted as among the largest contributors to climate change; conversely, choosing to not consume animals is one of the more significant choices an individual can make to reduce their carbon footprint. And yet many of us continue to consume animals, contributing to enormous cruelty alongside global warming, in the face of evidence.
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.
The work will develop as an experimental sound artwork, song-cycle and live performance. Climate of Cruelty will honour the animals who have suffered for our desires. It is a cry for animals, for nature, for change. It is a break in the silence of a world in crisis.
Director, Co-Composer and Performer: Jason Sweeney
Writer, Co-Composer: Em König
Collaborating Artist: Caroline Daish
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Sound Engineer: Sebastian Tomczak
Creative Producer: Jennifer Greer Holmes