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03 May 2017

EMPIRE OF DIRT: Sample 01, James Geurts
Backlit print with light box, 122cm x 88cm, Composite from site, studio and lab research


Join us for the exhibition launch
Wednesday 10 May, 2017, 5.00 – 6.30pm Rodda Lane
RMIT City Campus
(In the event of wet weather: RMIT Building 24, Level 2, Foyer)

EMPIRE OF DIRT is a site responsive project by James Geurts, excavating
soil biology, earth based architecture and modes of species adaptation.
This installation brings art and science into conversation with the
construction site of RMIT's New Academic Street. The research involved
working in the lab with environmental microbiologist, Distinguished
Professor Andy Ball.

The light-boxes include drawings and images from Rodda Lane site, micro
laboratory, archival material and field research. The sculptures migrate
termite structures from the Northern Territory to colonise Melbourne’s
city centre.

Emerging from RMIT’s Centre for Art Society and Transformation, the
project was designed in collaboration with a number of partners, including
Carbon Arts, RMIT’s New Academic Street’s Urban Animators: Living
Laboratory program, and Lightscape Projects RMIT. The project is funded by
Wonderment Walk Victoria.

EMPIRE OF DIRT is in situ at Rodda Lane until 17 June. It forms part of
Wonderment Walk Victoria’s growing open air gallery of sculptures and
installations combining science, mathematics and art to engage passers-by
with wonder, delight and curiosity.

6 May - 17 June



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