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What’s Art got to do with climate change?

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To coincide with Global Climate Change Week, the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania invites you to a discussion and reconciling of a simple yet complex question: What’s Art got to do with climate change?

The evidence is clear. The world is rapidly changing. The climate is rapidly changing. Urgent action is needed. Collectively we are witnessing devastating fires, drought, loss of biodiversity and damaged ecosystems, rising sea levels and displaced people … The list is long. The issues faced are complex and contested. And no one is immune to this change.

Join academic staff members Martin Walch, Jan Hogan, Toby Juliff and Niklavs Rubenis as they present case studies of their individual practices and how their work negotiates concerns of a changing climate and the conundrums of a world under rapid transformation.

This is an online event open to the general public.

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Dr. Martin Walch works across a range of media including photography, video, computer programming and data visualisation. His artwork primarily concerns itself with the representation of environmental change, and the mapping of interactions between people and the more-than-human environments within which they live, work and recreate. From 2011-2017 he was involved in a major collaboration on The Derwent Project with photographer David Stephenson, which secured Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding from 2014-2016. In 2017, Martin was an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow and stationed at Mawson Station in Eastern Antarctica. Martin has received multiple awards, has been widely collected by major institutions and currently coordinates the Photography program at the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania.

Dr. Jan Hogan, through practice-led research, explores the traces left in the land of past events intertwining deep geological time with historical events and the present moment. Jan has lived and worked in many remote areas of Australia, which has had a profound impact on her practice-led research. Her work is held in major galleries around Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and Artbank. Jan is the Head of Discipline (Art) and the coordinator of Printmaking & Drawing at the School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania.

Dr. Toby Juliff is an art historian, curator, writer, and sometimes artist. He has worked across the interface of history, theory, and practice for over a decade. Publishing widely on subjects such as British and Australian sculpture, participatory art, and performance, Toby’s work explores the rich history of cultural exchange and how we might better understand the global transmission of ideas. Toby is a Lecturer in Critical Practices and the coordinator of the Honours and Masters programs at the School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania.

Dr. Niklavs Rubenis is a designer and maker focused on waste and design ethics. He has been involved with projects spanning community, non-profit, commercial and cultural institutions, and has had work presented and exhibited nationally and internationally. Select collaborative funded projects include Object Realities, Transformative Repair, Object Therapy and Crafting Waste. Niklavs has a trade in cabinet making, holds a BA Visual Arts (Honours), and a PhD from the Australian National University. He is currently serving as a board member of the World Crafts Council—Australia; is on the coordinating committee of Global Climate Change Week; and coordinates Object and Furniture at the School of Creative Arts & Media, University of Tasmania.

ARTS FORUM

Arts Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts and Media, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome to register.

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE WEEK

This forum is part of Global Climate Change Week, a platform aimed at encouraging academic communities—including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities in all disciplines and countries—to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

If not now, when? If not you, who?

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