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07 August 2014

Visitors examining the Archive of Old and New Events, image courtesy of the Science Gallery Dublin

Archive of old and new events tells of Strange Weather future

We are thrilled to be participating in an innovative, new exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Strange Weather: Forecasts from the FutureCurated by CoClimate and open from 17 July, Strange Weather delves into the mysteries of our weather and climate, asking challenging questions about climate change and how we will sustain our planet into the future.

Our contribution, the Archive of Old and New Events, is a speculative archive from the year 2030, created in collaboration with artist Tega Brain. On show are two collections: The Collection of Lost Festivals holds materials from events that have gone out of existence due to a changing environment while The Collection of New Festivals imagines novel cultural phenomena that have emerged, such as the 'Melbourne Water Wars' and the 'Festival of the Sulphur Sun'. Both explore the consequences of strange weather and the extraordinary human capacity for adaptation and celebration.

Open until 5 October, the Strange Weather exhibition brings together a collection of artworks, both provocative and playful, that question our behaviour and offer radical proposals for the future. This short video gives a brilliant insider perspective on this dynamic exhibition for those unable to make the trip to Dublin. 

 

Elsternwick Bay foreshore at GASP, hobart tasmania. Image courtesy of gasp

Carbon Arts heads to Tasmania for the Swimmable! ARTS LAB 

In September Carbon Arts will be kicking off a new project with the award-winning Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!) in Hobart Tasmania. Swimmable! Reading the River is a three-year curatorial program that connects contemporary artists with scientists and local community members to develop site responsive works along the Derwent River. 

The project seeks to innovate by piloting data-driven public art as a means for engaging the public around stewardship of this natural asset. In this project the focus on making part of the river ‘Swimmable!’ becomes the catch-cry for artists to play a leading role, inspiring environmental restoration.

Participating artists Justy Phillips, James Newitt, Julie Gough, Tega Brain, Janet Laurence, Nigel Helyer and James Geurts will spend an intensive four days immersed in the site and the community as part of a GASP! funded Arts Lab run by Carbon Arts.