Beach coming soon to Brunswick

Artists Sonja Hornung and Richard Pettifer are bringing the beach to Brunswick to prepare the City of Moreland for the rising sea levels.  Expect the world’s longest ever game of Climate Change “Risk”, a mini-Ute Muster, a new model of democracy through improvised music, and more. Everyone is invited to stand with us on our sunny shore and contribute to the conversation.

Open during daylight hours

Sun Nov27th – Sun Dec 4th

Outside the Mechanics’ Institute

Cnr Glenlyon & Sydney Rds, Brunswick, Melbourne

Further details: brunswickbeach.wordpress.com

Hamburg Calling – A message from Climarte

University of Hamburg researchers have contacted CLIMARTE seeking details of Australian arts activities since 1996 relating to climate change (eg. exhibitions, performances, conferences, etc)… So CLIMARTE has started compiling a list for them, and for us, and we’d like your help! Please email us details of any activities you know. Ideally include event title, host institution, year, and web address if available. Even better, you or someone you know might like to volunteer to research this area for us.  CLIMARTE will publish the list on our website to assist in future research.
Please email mail@climarte.org.
Image – Ralf Schmerberg has constructed a thought provoking igloo made almost entirely of old refrigerators in the center of Hamburg.

Open Studio @ Artspace – Vincent JF Huang

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 11am-5pm.

During the course of his eight week residency which is supported by the Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan Vincent has embarked on a new body of work entitled The Atlantis Project.

The Atlantis Project uses an aquarium tank to house coral reefs growing on miniature sculptures of iconic landmarks of civilized and capitalist society. With the concept of creating a modern day Atlantis city, where all that is known to civilized mankind will be flooded over by the rising sea levels. The corals are free to develop and grow until all its resources within the aquarium are fully consumed, and eventually inducing a coral bleaching event where they die off. Under the microcosm of the aquarium, the project wishes to show metaphorically the limitations of Mother Earth’s resources. As a subset of the Earth’s vast system, the human behavior of unrelentingly seeking for infinite growth will inevitably lead to extinction.

The Open Studio will also showcase paintings from Huang’s climate change series.

Artspace Sydney 43 – 51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW

More information: Vincent J.F. Huang

YRD.City Symphony – Mathieu Borysevicz

Ausin Tung Gallery, 164 High St, Prahran. VIC

Wednesday 26 October 2011 to Saturday 19 November 2011

This exhibition culls together the photography and video work from Mathieu Borysevicz, an artist from NYC, who has been probing the heart of the Yangtze River Delta for many years. Borysevicz presents his allegorical Changning District Orchestra, a three-channeled video installation that uses the soundtrack of the city as a vehicle to expose the colorful contradictions of Shanghai’s contemporary

The Yangtze River Delta (YRD) in China is one of the most urbanized places on the planet. In the 100,000 square kilometers between Nanjing to Ningbo there are over 90 million people inhabiting 16 mega-cities. This exhibition culls together the photography and video work from Mathieu Borysevicz, an artist from NYC who has been probing the heart of the YRD for many years. Borysevicz presents his allegorical Changning District Orchestra, a three-channeled video installation that uses the soundtrack of the city as a vehicle to expose the colorful contradictions of Shanghai’s contemporary urbanity. In this poetic work a plastic bottle becomes a metaphor for the cycles of life, love, reincarnation, as well as social discord and an environmental prophecy.

 

2011 Western Australian Environmental Art Awards Exhibition

CCWA is proud to present the inaugural Western Australian Environmental Art Awards Exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase art work reflecting the WA environment and key environmental themes and will run from Saturday 22nd October to Saturday 5th November.

EAA2_0.jpg Leaves – Susie Waller                  
 Location:
Perth City Farm
1 City Farm Place
EAST PERTH – just a couple of minutes walk from Claisebrook station! 

Exhibition opening times:
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Monday closed
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

For further information, please call (08) 9420 7266 or email conswa@ccwa.org.au.

           
 Visit the exhibition and win a great prize!

 

Diana Thater: Chernobyl

Saturday 22 October 2011 to Saturday 04 February 2012

Opening Saturday 22 October 2011 5-7pm
Los Angeles artist Diana Thater is famous for her audacious video installations that deconstruct the language and mechanics of video as a medium while exploring the relationship between human beings and the natural world (particularly animals). The highlight of our show is her new six-channel video installation Chernobyl (2010).

In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the northern Ukraine exploded. It allegedly released 100 times more nuclear debris than the Hiroshima bomb and was responsible for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of people. Today, the city of Pripyat, where the
powerplant workers lived, is a ghost town. Although completely deserted by humans, wild animals are settling there. Przewalski’s Horses, facing extinction in their native habitat in central Asia, now roam freely in this post-apocalyptic, post-human landscape.
Thater filmed in Pripyat, within the forbidden ‘alienation zone’, observing animals against the decomposing architecture.

Thater writes: ‘Chernobyl is falling into ruins, but still looks like a city; there are stores, apartment buildings, schools. Even though it’s deserted and falling apart, animals are moving into the city. On the one hand, you have a perfectly preserved Soviet city from
1970; on the other hand, this post-apocalyptic landscape where animals are living. Chernobyl represents the failure of a massive political system, a way of life, and of science. Yet nature continues to persist. Not because it wants or chooses to, but because it must.’ In addition to Chernobyl, we will be showing Thater’s installations Peonies (2011), Untitled Videowall (Butterflies) (2008), and Pink Daisies, Amber Room (2003).

Diana Thater is represented by 1301PE, Los Angeles, and Hauser and Wirth, London.