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ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 exhibitions open now!

CLIMARTE’s highly anticipated festival of provocative climate change related arts and ideas has officially kicked off in Melbourne and beyond. 

Here are six exhibitions in the City of Melbourne that are open now:

EXIT, 2008-2015, View of the installation EXIT, Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith, Photo © Luc Boegly

In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT by Diller Scofidio + Renfro visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.

19 Apr – 16 July
Ian Potter Museum of Art
University of Melbourne

Murray Fredericks, Mirror 11, 2017
digital pigment print on cotton rag
120 x 155 cm

In Vanity, artist Murray Fredericks commences a new cycle in his 14-year Salt project with his latest series of abstract photographic landscapes from Lake Eyre – Kati ThandaFredericks interrupts his boundless, ethereal horizons through the intervention of mirrors, examining notions of narcissism and the human condition in the age of the Anthropocene.

19 April - 27 May
ARC ONE Gallery
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Over 250 of Ted Barraclough’s hand-carved Native Australian birds are currently exhibited at Chapter House Lane’s exhibition space in Melbourne’s CBD for the exhibition Birdman. Wrens, honeyeaters, magpies to the critically endangered Swift Parrot will take over the laneway windows, and offer the opportunity to critically reflect on the role of birdlife in the environment around us. 

Ted Barraclough, Superb Fruit Dove
2014, Acrylic on Pine, 19 x 22 x 11cm
2 Mar - 29 April
Chapter House Lane
Entry via Flinders Lane
Raquel Ormella, Settler Economy #1 (detail), 2016
Cotton, used work clothes, 2m x 2 m

Raquel Ormella's exhibition Southern Economies presents new textile works commissioned for the festival, alongside an installation from 2005, '130 Davey Street'. The new works use hi-vis material to map Antarctica, revealing this 'wilderness' as a space of contested global political economies.

22 April - 14 May
Lab-14 Gallery
Corner Swanston & Grattan St, Carlton 

In this participatory artwork, your broken mobile phone can still make One Last Call. Will it be for environmental change? A message for the future? Or to a long lost loved one? This work by Anna Madeleine & Renee Beale considers the environmental impact of manufacturing mobile phones

Anna Madeleine, One Last Call, 2017
Image representative of participatory installation of public phone booth, sound recordings and website
Dimensions variable
12 April - 14 May
Kathleen Syme Library
251 Faraday St, Carlton
John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea (film still), 2015
 Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London.

Vertigo Sea is a poetic meditation on the ocean and its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material and newly shot footage, this stunning film by celebrated British filmmaker John Akomfrah is a timely reminder of current issues around global migration and ecological concerns.

19 April - 16 July
Ian Potter Museum of Art
University of Melbourne

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, in partnership with the Melbourne Friends, is hosting an exhibition of the astounding artwork featured in award winning children’s author and artist Jeannie Baker’s new book Circle. This beautifully illustrated story follows the 11,000km migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), the longest unbroken migration of any animal - traveling from Australia through Southeast Asia to its Alaskan breeding grounds and then back to Australia. 

16 March – 14 May
Domain House, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra

View full program at ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE website here
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 takes place and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, & future.  We also acknowledge the invaluable artistic and cultural legacy of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, who over many thousands of years have engaged with the natural world and its forces through their art, and who have been sustainable stewards of this land.
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