Announcement: For anyone planning to attend tomorrow's keynote Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, we regret to advise that it has been cancelled due to the ill health of our guest Mel Evans.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE in the City of Melbourne
We are grateful for the support of the City of Melbourne, and urge you not to miss these ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE exhibitions open now around the city. Read on to hear about the City's commitment to climate change action.
Yandell Walton, Human Effect, 2016, Interactive projection installation, 1200 (cm)
Yandell Walton: Human Effectemploys new technologies to create a responsive public projection and animated installation. The human impact on the environment is increasingly evident, from global warming, to diminishing resources; the world is enormously affected by the human touch.
Miles Howard-Wilks, Not titled, 2011
gouache on paper
38.5 x 36 cm
In Disparate Lands, artists Michael Camakaris, Paul Hodges, Miles Howard-Wilks, Chris Mason and Cathy Staughton explore various perspectives on climate change. Idyllic landscapes are juxtaposed with works of unsettling and contaminated lands. These large-scale works on canvas depict the promise of hope, as well as the stark reality of the environmental challenges facing our global community today.
Brodie Ellis, The Crystal World, 2016, SD Video & Stereo Sound, Dimensions Variable
Brodie Ellis: The Crystal World
“The sky was clear and motionless, the sunlight shining uninterruptedly upon this magnetic shore, but now and then a stir of wind crossed the water and the scene erupted into cascades of color that rippled away into the air around them.” – J.G Ballard, The Crystal World
The sea has long appealed to the romantic imagination as a compelling metaphor for the sacred mysteries of nature. Yet this romantic view has recently been contradicted by a countervailing imagery of the slow violence of ocean pollution that not only represents a risk to human interests but also to a diverse range of marine creatures now threatened with extinction. This powerful imaginative contradiction is explored in Ocean Imaginaries through artworks evincing many of the complex responses to global oceans in our era.
City of Melbourne is committed to climate change action. The City has taken many actions to adapt and mitigate climate change and has been recognised for its leadership in responding to both. We are working with the community to ensure Melbourne proactively deals with climate change through different strategies and programs across energy, biodiversity, waste, water management, events and the arts.
The City became carbon neutral in 2012 and we have set an ambitious target for Melbourne to become a carbon neutral city by 2020. A key component of this strategy is sourcing more electricity from renewable energy. The City has set a target to source 25 per cent of the municipality’s electricity from renewables by 2018.
We want Melbourne to prosper and thrive and continue to be a global leader in climate change adaptation. Our refreshed Climate Change Adaptation Strategy provides updated direction on how we plan, prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.
This strategy has five goals and 30 actions to help guide how we work to deliver, partner and advocate for effective climate change adaptation in Melbourne. It will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a leader in climate change adaptation by detailing how we will increase existing efforts and implement new actions to work towards our vision of a city that is adapting well to climate change.
Enjoying the festival?
Take our three minute audience survey for the chance to receive a copy of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE: THE BOOK. This beautiful hard-cover book was produced following the inaugural ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE festival in 2015.
Your feedback and responses are critical for our work shaping the festival in the future.
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.