Since 2015 the Human Impacts Institute in New York has hosted an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate inspired performances, installations and exhibits.
In 2019 I will be exhibiting 2 works in the month long group show in Manhattan.
On Wednesday 6 November the Opening Event will feature multiple performances by participating artists as well as the Awards presentation. You won’t want to miss this kick-off event full of inspiring and innovative ways to address climate change from artists all over the world.
The 2019 Creative Climate Awards run from November 6th to December 4th weekdays 9am to 5pm at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 1 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017
Congratulations to all of the other artists and, although I will not be able to attend, I look forward to following the unveiling of the wide variety of work throughout the exhibition.
The last day of the weeklong Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) in Vancouver was for excursions.
I participated in the visit to the Vancouver Maritime Museum to have a special tour of the Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace Exhibit.
The added bonus was we were hosted by the curator of the exhibition as well as two seasoned campaign and communications experts with Greenpeace International.
It was inspiring to see how the organisation had grown from the early days of making and selling pins to fund campaigns to the reach they now have internationally.
Although not part of the Greenpeace exhibit, one image above was taken while on the deck of the St. Roch. It was the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east (1940-1942), the first to complete the passage in one season (1944), and the first to circumnavigate North America.
On the deck were COCE delegates from Canada, USA and Estonia (and Australia holding the smartphone) with Jess and Soenke from Greenpeace International.
While in Los Angeles, after the conference in Vancouver, I had a full day planned for a special trip to Catalina Island, just off the coast of LA.
I was the guest of the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Centre. I planned the visit over many months and was fortunate to have the Director, Kenneth Nealson available to escort me and give me a tour of the facility and the diverse initiatives.
About a 90min journey on the Miss Christi took as from San Pedro to the campus near Two Harbors. The arid conditions there have prompted a number of sustainability initiatives looking at water conservation and food waste management alongside the more ambitious Kelp Biofuel project.
I was pleasantly surprised at the wholistic approach to sustainability across the operation of the Centre and was pleased to hear of the large numbers of young people that engage with their programs every year.
Have a look at the links above to read more about the Centre.
The images in the gallery above a mixture taken either on a smartphone or using a toy camera with medium format film (lomography). The red flares are the result of unexpected light exposure to the film.
A small archive of images and text from the Filter exhibition.
Diverse photographic methods combine to reflect the past, present and future of our changing coastal environment.
Artist in Residence Exhibition 22 September to 27 October 2018 Sauerbier House culture exchange 21 Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga.
Artist statement We often hear a lot of small numbers in relation to climate change. One degree temperature rise. One centimetre sea level rise. No cause for alarm surely? Seemingly so small, but how does this translate to our own backyard?
During this residency I learnt a little more about what these numbers mean and the projections for the future.
My art practice explores ways to bring an Australian perspective to the discussion on climate change. Far removed from the visuals of icebergs and polar bears, the beach is ingrained into Australian culture. These works signal the relationship between a global phenomenon and the host of our recreational or lifestyle desires.
My time as an artist in residence at Sauerbier House provided an opportunity to experiment with photography and its capacity to convey ideas about the challenges ahead. For example, studio photography can heighten our connection to objects while long exposure and abstract works encourage contemplation and wide ranging interpretations.
Works were created in response to information on climate change impacts sourced from specialist reports and experts on coastal management. Just as important were the hours, either during the day or under a full moon, experiencing the coastline in all weather conditions.
Sea levels rise with the melting of the ice caps. Warming oceans add to that rise through thermal expansion. This is a given for many people. Are we willing to see our idyllic beaches and coastal environment become a memory, rather than an experience accessible to future generations?
A selection of images exhibited.
The Dark Room In addition to the work exhibited in the Hallway Gallery the small red brick Washhouse in the grounds of Sauerbier House was used for an installation.
Visitors to Sauerbier House during the residency were invited to consider climate change and write their thoughts anonymously about their brightest hopes and darkest fears. A thermal imaging camera was used to create portraits in collaboration with local volunteers.
Visitors to the exhibition of the 5 weeks were also invited to make their anonymous contributions and these will collated and examined to influence a future work.
Radio interviews Interviews with Radio Adelaide and ABC Radio Adelaide about the exhibition can be found here.
Supported by Arts South Australia, the City of Onkaparinga and the Helpmann Academy.
Special thanks to The City of Onkaparinga and their Sauerbier House Artist in residence program.
Jaynie Langford and all of the wonderful volunteers. Nina Keath and the Sustainability Team.
Suntrix Solar for the loan of the Thermal Imaging Camera and the volunteers who donated their time for portraits and those who contributed their darkest fears and brightest hopes.
After COCE in Vancouver I planned a visit to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to have a close look at a selection of photographic Artists.
In the LACMA Study Centre for Photography and Works on Paper I had the privilege of having a very close look at works not on display by artists such as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Paul Caponigro and Alan Delaney.
I am very happy to share the news that I will be showcasing recent work in Vancouver in June 2019.
The title of the showcase, Fire & Flood, seems very relevant now given what people across Australia are experiencing at the moment.
However it was back in November 2018 I put together the proposal that combined works from my Unleashing Hell (bushfires) series with works from the recent Filter exhibition (rising sea levels).
Acronym alert. IECA and COCE2019 at UBC. The event is the 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) presented by the International Environmental Communication Association at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus.
The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, artists, students and concerned citizens from around the world to share research, good practices, experience, and stories in order to help foster more effective, inspiring, ethical, and hopeful environmental and sustainability communication.
Those from Adelaide, and elsewhere of course, may be familiar with Ackroyd & Harvey who installed the series of large living portraits at Womadelaide 2018. They were Keynote Speakers at COCE 2015 in Bolder, Colorado.
Over twenty countries will be represented at the event. I have seen the draft conference program (19 pages, no line breaks), but it will not be made public for a couple of months.
I will share more news on this as it becomes available. And fingers crossed for the arts grant applications I have been writing day and night lately.
The 2018 Creative Climate Awards presented by the Human Impacts Institute have come to a close for another year.
36 International artists were exhibited over several floors of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York from 17 September to 12 October, 2018. I was really happy to be a part of it even though I was unable to travel from Australia.
You can still browse the work exhibited at Human Impacts Institute webpage.
Works were for sale to contribute to the operations of the Institute and I am pleased to report that my work, How did it come to this?, was purchased and I have donated 100% of the sale price to them.
The winner of the 2018 Creative Climate Award was Tatana Kellner with her work Poisoned Well. Images and details of this work on her webpage.
A selection of images above are from the Opening night and are reproduced courtesy of The Human Impacts Institute.
Peter Goers interviewing Neville Cichon about how you take a picture of climate change and why he needed to take a torch to see the Diane Arbus exhibition. Jump to late in the program. Start at 2h 42m 20s. Go to ABC page (12 minutes).
Diverse photographic methods combine to reflect the past, present and future of our changing coastal environment.
My solo exhibition developed as Artist in Residence at Sauerbier House will be launched on 22 September, 2018.
The launch event will be held between 1.30pm and 4.00pm at Sauerbier House Culture Exchange, 21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga, Adelaide. On the day there will also be a new exhibition by photographic artist Alice Blanch, music by Womadelaide 2018 artist Naomi Keyte and guest speaker street artist Peter Drew.
I commenced the residency on 3 July and have enjoyed immersing myself in the coastal environment of beaches, dunes and cliff walks.
Developed as part of the 2018 Shimmer Photographic Biennale the exhibition incorporates many styles of photography including abstract, studio, thermal imaging, black and white landscape and more. The size of the works vary greatly too with some the size of your hand through to others over two metres wide. The work is focussed on the impact of climate change on coastal environments with rising sea levels and coastal erosion at the forefront.
For a community engagement component of the residency visitors to the gallery were invited to make anonymous contributions about their Brightest Hopes and Darkest Fears in relation to climate change. Their thoughts will be shared in various presentation methods woven through the exhibition.
All welcome. The exhibition runs through to Saturday 27 October. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 12pm to 4pm.
I am very pleased to announce that I have a work selected as a finalist in the 2018 Heysen Prize for Landscape.
Artists were encouraged to express their connection and concern for the Australian environment. A new piece will be exhibited in this exhibition amongst over 50 others while my exhibition at Sauerbier House will display some similar work at the same time during the Shimmer Photographic Biennale.
All welcome to attend the Heysen Prize exhibition opening at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills on Saturday 6 October at 6pm where Lisa Slade, Co-Acting Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia will announce the winner of the $15, 000 prize.