SOIRÉE OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS – Carbon Arts

November 26, 2011 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Exploring the magic life of soils with Cocktails + Desserts

Pack your bags, we are off for a trip to Avoca, in country Victoria, to meet local experts and agricultural producers to explore our relationship to soils, top and bottom.

Put your feet in the earth, turn your eyes to the stars, and relax while enjoying a rich serving of after dinner treats designed to bring a whole new awareness to terroire and terra firma.

Carbon Arts is pleased to be collaborating with The Avoca Project (TAP) for this event. TAP is the initiative of established Australian artist, Lyndal Jones. The European house provides a home to exhibitions, symposia, projects and events that draw community attention to the historical causes and effects of climate change.

Saturday 26 November 2011
From 8.00 – 9.30 PM (onwards)
The Avoca Project
I 16 Dundas St, Avoca, VIC, 3467 (2 hrs drive from Melb)
$35 – Dress Adventurous
Click here to book

2112 Imagining the Future – RMIT Gallery

Stephen Haley. One Second (Plastic Water Bottles 5982) 2010. Lightjet photograph 2/5, 120 x 120cm

Opening  6-8 pm Thursday 1 December 2011

With a special address by:Professor Paul James Director of the Global Cities Institute (RMIT) and Director of the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme.

Exhibition dates 2 December 2011 – 28 January 2012

What will the world look like 100 years from now?

Featuring artists:

PHILIP BROPHY, JUSTINE COOPER, KEITH COTTINGHAM, THOMAS DOYLE, LESLEY DUXBURY, KELLYANN GEURTS, STEPHEN HALEY, KIRSTEN JOHANNSEN, SAM LEACH, TONY LLOYD, YVES MARCHAND AND ROMAIN MEFFRE, MARIKO MORI, HISAHARU MOTODA, LYNDAL OSBORNE, PATRICIA PICCININI, PHILIP SAMARTZIS, ROMAN SIGNER, SUPERFLEX, DEBBIE SYMONS, STEPHANIE VALENTIN, DARREN WARDLE, KENJI YANOBE, KEN + JULIA YONETANI + NOW AND WHEN: AUSTRALIAN URBANISM

Admission free. RSVP  03 9925 1717 / rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au

RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000
Tel: +61 39925 1717 Hours: Mon-Friday 11-5 Saturday 12-5
Closed Sundays and public holidays. Lift Access. Free Admission.
Email: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au  www.rmit.edu.au/rmitgallery

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.

Pre-Launch-Launch for Under the Hammer

In 2006, Former midnight oil drummer Rob Hirst made the comment “Vietnam inspired some of the greatest protest songs ever written. Not so now, surprisingly, even when hundreds of thousands of Australians crowded our streets to demonstrate their opposition to another senseless war [Iraq].” His comments sparked much debate in the artistic community.

Richard Kingsmill told The Age, “If you were a general music lover, you might think there are no political songs being written…But trust me, political songs are being written, recorded and released all the time in this country. We have boxes of anti-Bush, anti-Howard, anti-Iraq war, anti-racism, pro-choice, pro-environment CDs, all from contemporary local acts.” As Shane Howard former singer-songwriter for Goanna points out “given that we are entering an era of even greater concentration of media ownership, it will become even harder to hear dissenting voices.”

The tendency to drive “political” to the artistic fringe is not only isolated to music but all arts, visual, theatre, comedy, music, spoken word, film etc. There is a massive audience for art which actually says something about the world we live in and the world we want to create.

For this reason we are launching Under the Hammer’s Sit-In, an arts space that isn’t simply an arts space but a site of political struggle. We want to provide a platform for progressive artists to present, perform, debate and collaborate with a range of groups and individuals to assert activist art as a multi-platform genre. Come and discuss with us how you and your collaborators can engage with us to build this exciting project. See the space pre-renovations and help us shape it from the ground up.

Performances from:

Toby Halligan
Comedian with Political Asylum

Khepa Markhno
Spoken word artists

3oB DJ set
Musician from Agency Dub Collective

Speakers include:
Rose Godde
Platform Theatre’s Program Manager

Kim Bullimore
Revolutionary Socialist Party

Van Rudd
Visual Artist

James Crafti
Under the Hammer Collective

Visual Art provided by:
Van Rudd

Drinks and snacks provided free although donations to support the project will be greatly appreciated on the night. Email underthehammerartists@gmail.com by November 10 to RSVP.

November 12, 19.30-22.30 The Sit-In 158 Sydney Rd. Coburg, Australia

Birdbrain

Opening Thursday 10th November 6-8pm  Screenspace 30 Guildford Lane Melbourne 3000

Live Performance at 7pm Penny Baron, Vanessa Chapple, Kate Hunter and Kate Kantor read and
mimic from Tell Me Something: A Field Guide to the Voices of an
Unkindness of Ravens

birdbrain looks at our relationship with urban corvids (crows and
ravens) and seagulls and explores our mixed relationship with these
common noisy and highly intelligent birds through voice and language,
including the spoken and written word. While we admire these birds’
abilities in terms of survival, intelligence and ingenuity we also feel
threatened by these very attributes that we share with them.
The project consists of audiovisual installation work including field
recordings, bird mimicry, spoken and written texts as well as an
artist’s book posing as a kind of mock field guide. Four performers
and ten writers have contributed to the project.

Performers and Readers: Melissa Alley, Penny Baron, Vanessa Chapple,
Kate Hunter, Kate Kantor, Yifang Lu and Mateja Simenko.

Writers: Giovanni Aloi, Steve Baker, Geraldine Barlow, Rene ten Bos,
Michele Faguet, Clare Halstead, Cathy Lane, Jane O’Neill, Robin
Tassie, Jessica Ullrich and Andrew Whitehouse.

Sound Engineer: The Fantastic Laura B.

Exhibition Dates 9th-26th November 2011

Screenspace 30 Guildford Lane Melbourne 3000
12-6 Wednesday – Saturday http://www.screenspace.com