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Opening night 3 July
Vic Simms will perform welcome to country
and sing open the exhibition
Further Information: Anneke Jaspers, Assistant Curator: (02) 9514 1652 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing weather has spelt trouble before. But now we don't quite know what to make of it, and it feels urgent. As the media, climatologists, environmentalists and politicians vie to shape our understanding and emotional responses, global warming reverberates through every level of culture. The uneasy relationship between technology, nature and culture is unsettled once more.
The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response brings together artists from Australia, the South Pacific and South America. Installation, audio-visual and performative works respond to the unsettling effects of climate change in diverse and surprising ways. Dani Marti, for instance, looks at our propensity to treat water as our plaything rather than precious resource via the construction of a giant ball of interwoven pink and orange pool noodles situated outdoors. In the absurdist art tradition, Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark have traveled the planet to create the ‘world’s’ largest breath collection’ in an effort to halt global warming. Elsewhere, a grouping of net.art by South American artists explores responses to climate change in that other great southern continent.
With their focus ranging from an emphasis on aesthetic imaginings, to investigations of tactical, emotional and pataphysical responses, the works in The Trouble with the Weather open out a space for dialogue on our complex socio-cultural relationships to weather in the current context.