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Upcoming Public Program:

Image credit: Reposted from Ecofeminist Fridays


Ecofeminist Readings presented by Ecofeminist Fridays

May 15 & 16, 10:00am
The Living Pavilion
The University of Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival Hub, Parkville Enter: Gate 8, Grattan St, opposite Bouverie St corner

Sit and read or listen to Ecofeminist Readings as we create a refuge for critical ecological feminist thought and discussion to flourish. Delve into Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness by Deborah Bird Rose. No pre-reading required.
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Climate Bites - fast fashion

May 15, 1:00-2:00pm
The Living Pavilion
The University of Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival Hub, Parkville Enter: Gate 8, Grattan St, opposite Bouverie St corner

Dress to impress. Choose style and substance! Discover how true fashion sense embraces sustainability and ethical practices.
Allie Cameron is the founder of HARA, a clothing label designed for women and the earth. While travelling India, Allie first faced the environmental impact that the fashion industry is having on the planet. In response, she formed HARA to help the Earth regain its power, and as a platform to bring awareness and change to the fashion industry.

Climate Bites- nature

May 16, 1:00-2:00pm
The Living Pavilion
The University of Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival Hub, Parkville Enter: Gate 8, Grattan St, opposite Bouverie St corner

Sink your teeth into climate bites for lunchtime info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion, and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.
Produced and curated by Dr Renee Beale
Nature creates music for those who listen. How can we hear the lyrics, and lend our voices to protect nature’s song?
Professor Mark Elgar is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Behaviour, at the University of Melbourne. His research explores sexual selection, social behaviour and chemical communication primarily in birds and insects. Lately he has been investigating how air pollution may be interfering with insects’ capacity to communicate and ability to thrive.
Professor Lee Godden is the Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne. Her work engages with public interest issues such as the impact of climate change on environmental law and water law, and land rights and economic development for indigenous communities.

Image courtesy of Bunjil Place


Wednesday Workshop: Natural Fabric Dying
Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
15 May 2019, 7:00pm
Tickets: $30

Enjoy an evening with like-minded art enthusiasts and learn how to use plants to create eco-prints on fabric.

We'll be going through how to identify suitable plants, how to extract colour and even how to get multiple colours from the same plant.
There will be a range of colours dependent on seasonal availability, these will include common kitchen scraps, local plants and exotic dyes. You will learn how to use plants to create eco-prints on fabric and open up bundles that have been prepared earlier.
Demonstrations will take place on the night so you can easily re-create techniques at home.
Presented as part of Vera Möller: A Thousand Tides. Showing in the Bunjil Place Gallery Saturday 9 March to Sunday 9 June 2019.

Artist Talk: Vera Moller

Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
25 May 2019, 3:30- 4:30pm
Tickets: Free

Join Vera Moller at Bunjil Place Gallery as she discusses her work in A Thousand Tides, and the significance of Western Port Bay to this project.

Image credit: Artist: Sarah McConnell reposted from St Heliers Street Gallery


Talking to Ourselves: Why Make Art?

St Heliers Street Gallery
15 May, 6:30pm-7:00pm
As part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival, Sarah McConnell’s exhibition ‘Here Today – ‘Defending the takayna/Tarkine’ and the Abbotsford Convent’s Community member, Bridget Nicholson’s ‘Endangered – In danger of…’ will host a discussion; ‘Talking to ourselves: why make art?’ at St Heliers Street Gallery.
Artists; McConnell and Nicholson are exploring ways of drawing attention to a rapidly changing environment and the human role within this.
One question common to both, is how to best reach and connect with new audiences, and spark the kind of understanding and action we need to see? Is the gallery really the right place to present this type of work and how can we harness the power of art as a vehicle for change? Join Sarah and Bridget for an open discussion about the role of art in such a critical time.

Artist: Lisa Waup printing in Spacecraft Studio. Image courtesy of the artist.


In Conversation > Lisa Waup & Dominic White

Linden New Art
18 May 2019 
4PM to 5PM
Tickets $11

Join artists Lisa Waup & Dominic White from Baluk Arts, an urban Aboriginal Arts Centre based in Mornington and hear them in conversation about their works in the exhibition Elements.

Curated by Lisa Waup, this exhibition explores the concepts of the vessel, places of belonging, loss and motherhood. Through sculpture, prints and textiles, the artists have responded to ideas around what they carry and what they have let go.
The fragility and strength of our planet is also explored, and the materials used by the artists are inspired by the fundamental elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal.


Image courtesy of Science Gossip


Royal Society of Melbourne- 8 La Trobe Street
15 May 2019 
7:00pm- 9:00pm
Tickets from: $29.96


Wander the heritage rooms of the Royal Society of Victoria, discovering new ideas, hypotheses, and research findings presented through 19th century salon-style discussions, exhibits and performances.

Our inaugural Science Gossip event, Woodland Rumours and Thinking Trees,plants artists and philosophers in common ground with scientists working to unravel the secrets of forest communication, connection and community. Through discussions, musical performance, and art installation we invite you to consider the inner lives of trees, and re-examine your relationship with them.

Science Gossip: Woodland Rumours and Thinking Trees is part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 presented by CLIMARTE.


Short presentations and interactive activities will be presented by a selection of scientists, artists, and philosophers.

Keynote introduction by Dr Monica Gagliano

Monica Gagliano is Research Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology. She is currently based at the University of Sydney as a Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, opening the doors of the brand-new BI Lab – Biological Intelligence Lab. She is the author of the new book Thus Spoke the Plant, numerous scientific articles in the fields of animal and plant behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and is the co-editor of The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World (Lexington Books, 2015) and The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 2017).

Her work has extended the concept of cognition (including perception, learning processes, memory and consciousness) in plants. Gagliano has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own ‘voices’ and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. We are offering discounted presale copies of Monica’s book, to be signed by the author on the night. For more information about her work, visit:

Anna Madeleine

Anna Madeleine is an artist working with AR, VR, drawing, animation and installation, to explore intersections between art and science. She has a PhD in Media Arts from UNSW Art & Design (2014) and is a Lecturer in Printmedia & Drawing at ANU School of Art & Design. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Montreal and Bandung, and participated in residencies with Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Bundanon Trust, Asialink Arts, and the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Vicki Hallett

Vicki Hallett is a clarinetist, composer and sound artist who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. She has composed, produced and performed in live concerts, solo recordings ranging from chamber music to sound art and acoustic ecology. Through a unique approach, combining acoustic ecology, scientific analysis and innovative performance practices, Vicki reshapes the role of interdisciplinary research. This exploration has led her to develop a collaborative concept with Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project. In 2017, Vicki attended the international residency, Sonic Mmabolela, where she performed on Mabolel Rock with a pod of Hippopotami.

Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Sapphire is an ecologist who has special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. She did her doctorate at the University of Tasmania and has been actively involved with Fungimap* since 1999. She is the regional representative for Australasia for the International Society for Fungal Conservation, and is active with community groups including field naturalist clubs and Landcare groups. Having lived in four states and travelled across Australia’s landscapes she has worked with many fungal community groups to raise the profile of local fungi and the important roles fungi play in our environment.

Adjunct Professor Freya Mathews

Freya Mathews is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Latrobe University and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her books include The Ecological Self (1991), Ecology and Democracy (editor) (1996), For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism (2003), Journey to the Source of the Merri (2003), Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture (2005), Ardea: a philosophical novella (2015) and Without Animals Life is not Worth Living (2015). She is the author of over eighty articles in the area of ecological philosophy and panpsychism. In addition to her research activities she co-manages a private conservation estate in northern Victoria.


Image courtesy of Amalgamated Movies

Film Screening: Demain (Tomorrow)
The VRI: 18/20 Queens Pde, Traralgon
17 May
Doors at 6pm. Film to commence at 6.30pm
Free Entry
Demain (Tomorrow)
Filmmakers Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion travel worldwide to investigate concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges. During their journey, they meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education.
Demain is feel-good story, showing solutions and how we can avoid the worst impacts of climate change and create a just and more sustainable world for tomorrow

Ryoko Kose, Just Keep Going _ Departure, 2018, hemp yarn

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
17 May 12:30-1:30pm
Tickets free
In their artwork, both Ryoko Kose and James Nguyen respond to the world forces that have powerfully shaped their experiences.
Ryoko Kose’s artwork is drawn by her own experience of the forced displacement derived from Fukushima nuclear disaster which occurred in Japan in 2011. Kose is currently a candidate in the Master of Arts – Art in Public Space at RMIT University.
Vietnamese-Australian artist James Nguyen works with the politics of art, exploring the complexes of familial relationships and his lived experience as a Vietnamese migrant adjusting to life in Australia.
Join us for this artist talk at RMIT Gallery as part of the Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
23 May 1:00-2:00pm
Tickets: free
Join artist Stephen Loo for lunch at RMIT Gallery for a Banquet Performance (The Autonomous Sensory Meridian Orchestra).
We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.
Please advise if you have food allergies [email: when your booking is confirmed]. A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.
Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.
About the event
Careful Whispers is an in-gallery experimentation, composition and choreography of a three-course meal towards a performative acoustic banquet by eight diners. The work relies on a folding of the symphony of outward sounds emanating from mastication amplified in the space of the gallery, and the internal acoustics of eating transmitted between the evolutionarily connected jawbone and the three ossicles of the human inner-ear.
About the artist
Stephen Loo is Professor of Design at UNSW. For more than 25 years, Stephen has researched, taught and practiced in the transdisciplinary nexus of art, architecture, design, philosophy, performance and science.
Of Chinese Malaysian Portuguese heritage, and a childhood in Kuala Lumpur, Stephen is a part of the South East Asian food diaspora which are spread across Australia as he carries his family recipes and food practices with him.
He has published widely biophilosophy, posthumanist ethics, ecological humanities and experimental digital thinking. Recent books include Deleuze and Architecture (2012) and Poetic Biopolitics (2016) and is currently working on Speculative Ethologies (2019 with Dr Undine Sellbach).
Stephen is a founding partner of award-winning design, architecture, interpretation and exhibition practice Mulloway Studio. He has a performance-philosophy based art practice and has shown internationally in Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney and Adelaide.

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
23 May 5:00-6:30pm
Tickets: free
Indonesian artist Made “Bayak” Muliana, aka Made Bayak, is dedicated to activism through art. Emphasising the transformations of landscape and displacement of indigenous communities that accompany development, Bayak’s creative practice serves as a space for reimagining history. His work as an environmental artist critiques capitalism, consumerism, war, oil, and the problems caused by tourism-driven development in Bali.
“Let us all be a part of this phenomenon of social change that is occurring – as we are. If you are a writer do with it with the power of your words, if you are a musician do it with your songs and your music. As an artist you can do it by the messages within your work. For me as a visual artist and a musician I will be socially active in these positive ways.”

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
28 May 12:30-1:30pm
Tickets: free
Join the conversation about urban farming and local action. How can you become self sufficient with food if you live in the middle of a large city? What actions can you make that will create change for the better?
Bjorn Low, co-founder of Edible Garden City, an urban farming social enterprise in Singapore, joins Dr Alban Mannisi, Landscape Urbanist and senior academic, RMIT, to discuss becoming self sufficient within limitations.
This conversation is part of RMIT Gallery’s Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.
Bjorn Low is part of a growing urban farming scene. Edible Garden City makes use of under-utilised spaces in Singapore, where the land used for agriculture makes up less than one per cent of the total land area. Bjorn and his team have built gardens on the rooftops of buildings around the city. They are sharing the ideology of a movement building a sustainable urban farming industry in Singapore.




CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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