ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 is a festival of provocative climate change related arts and ideas. It provides a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change.
Here are some of the events coming up in the next ten days:
CHANGE MAKERS, PLANET SHAKERS:
FORUM & SOUTHERN ECONOMIES EXHIBITION OPENING
Raquel Ormella, Settler Economy #1 (detail), 2016
Cotton, used work clothes, 2m x 2 m
From artist and scientist activists to innovative policymakers and visionary governors, in this open forum preceding the official exhibition opening of Southern Economies, we discuss what it takes to create positive change for the planet. With Niina Kautto, Cr Cathy Oke, Raquel Ormella and Sara Savage.
In a time of increasing anxiety about globalisation and its impacts, the installation EXIT provides a vibrant representation of some of the processes which link us, sometimes inextricably, planet-wide. In this forum, a panel of experts will discuss EXIT and the issues it raises.
Set your wheels in motion with an ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 bicycle tour! Starting at Fed Square, you’ll visit four festival exhibitions, hearing from the artist/curator at each stop. You'll finish at EXIT at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Parkville.
We are pleased to announce the following free keynote presentations by a selection of leading cultural commentators and artists from Australia and around the world:
ED MORRIS (USA) AVOWING THE POLITICAL: ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Artist and co-founder of The Canary Project Edward Morris will discuss the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change. One half of the artist duo Sayler/Morris, Edward will draw on his own work creating and producing myriad projects – from the directly activist Green Patriot Posters to contemplative museum exhibitions – and also upon the work of other artists.
Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, Closed to the Public (Protecting Space), 2016. Photo - Marc Doradzillo
Three innovative Australian artists – filmmaker Alex Kelly, Quandamooka woman and artist Megan Cope, and Melbourne-based artist and researcher Amy Spiers – will come together for a panel discussion around Forms of Resistance. They will draw upon their work, influences and ideas around issues of environmental and social justice in a discussion about the different tactics that artists can use to incite social and political change.
Liberate Tate, Human Cost (Tate Britain, 2011), (c) Amy Scaife
Mel Evans (UK) draws upon her extensive work and research about art and its relationship to corporate sponsorship in Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Evans is a member of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change and the author Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, in which she argues how corporate sponsorships erase unsightly environmental destruction.
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.