Global Healing Day is a free community event to connect people from all faiths & spiritual backgrounds at this significant time. We invite all people to unite & communities to come together and create harmony with the waters, land and spirit. There will be music & time to meditate at the Solstice on the beauty of our surroundings.
21st December 2012, 7.30pm-10.30pm
Rotunda, Catani Gardens, Cnr Fitzroy St & Jacka Boulevard
For more head to the Planetary Healing website
Going Nowhere - Fri 23rd - Sun 25th Nov - is a 3 day event where artists and audiences explore different ways that we can sustainably generate and share creative experiences across the globe, and here at home, without anyone getting on a plane.
The Saturday program includes presentations, workshops and forums: Responsible Mobility Workshop, led by Suzanne Daley from LPA on greener touring, four Australian artists and their international collaborators present their concepts for international exchange in the Ideas Lab and the day concludes with a forum on New Modes of Cultural Exchange - some inspirational stories from people that are doing it differently.
There are loads of other events over the weekend - a Pecha Kucha on Friday night, a Sunday Lunch hosted by eco-poets and access across the weekend to installations by international artists.
Going Nowhere will be held at the Arts House, Meat Market, Melbourne. Find out more and book events here
Enter a world where art and science converge and where the comfortingly familiar is tantalizingly foreign. In a joint venture, conservationists and artists use the same photographic material gathered to profile mammals' response to fire (or the absence of fire) to very different ends. Animals from Wombat State Forest and Bunyip State Park were 'caught on camera' as part of a scientific data collection project. Nature in the Dark invited 10 artists to respond and presents their creative adaptations, remixes and interventions of the scientific footage of native bush animals' activities at night.
Participating artists are Angie Black, Elizabeth Dunn, Siri Hayes, Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier & Renuka Rajiv & Scott Lewis, Tim Nohe, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski, Steve Turpie
The works will be screened at Fed Square 23 November – 23 December 2012
Opening Event with keynote address by Freya Mathews, international philosopher on ecology and the environment, followed by a panel discussion.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensbury Street, North Melbourne, 3051
Wednesday 21 November 2012
6 - 8:30pm
For more information head to Nature in the Dark website
The Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme invite paper and panel proposals for the ‘2013 People and the Planet: Transforming the Future’ academic conference, to be held at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2-4 July 2013.
We are living through a period in human history when life on this planet is in danger of becoming unsustainable for many of its species—including us. More than a century ago, when Charles Dickens wrote the Tale of Two Cities, his words told of a deep ambivalence: ‘it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us’. The passage spoke of a new world in which the people of Paris and London had choices to make about their future. Now, variations on those words have become the backdrop to a growing global sense that it is has become all too complicated.
Themes addressed in the conference include Urban Sustainability, Cultural Sustainability, Climate Change Adaptation, Human Security and Disasters, Urban Decision-Making and Complex Systems and Global Indigeneity and Reconciliation.
Proposals must be submitted by 15 February 2013.
Please submit proposals online through the Global Cities website
Throughout the year, Miyuki Jokiranta has been speaking to artists that are inspired by and work with the natural environment, creating a series for Radio National's Off Track program.
The latest instalment in the Permeate series sees Miyuki delve into the built environment with Anthony Magen, President of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology.Taking to the city on foot, they explore one of its often overlooked qualities: sound.
Download this episode and all of the other Permeate pieces at the Off Track website
Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. We are thoroughly looking forward to hosting artists, scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, sociologists, engineers and policy experts from across the world to engage in dialogue and action towards a sustainable future.
One of the main goals of Balance-Unbalance is to develop the role of the arts and artists in dealing with environmental challenges. The 2013 conference theme, Future Nature, Future Culture[s] is aimed to provoke discourse around what our elusive future might hold and how transdisciplinary thought and action could be used as tools for positive change. Balance-Unbalance 2013 is being held, in parallel with the Floating Land 2013 Green Art festival.
Submissions are now being accepted for the International Balance-Unbalance 2013 conference to be held at Central Queensland University in Noosa, Australia from May 31 - June 2, 2013. Submissions close November 20.
For more information see the Balance Unbalance website
Curated by Black Sassy Artists Collective, Artists Behind the Action is an exhibition of more than twenty artists exhibiting prints, photographs and sculptures to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Huon Valley Environment Centre. Exhibition includes a specially commissioned box set of limited edition of prints.
Huon Valley Environment Centre provides a staunch and independent voice for the forests and ecosystems that face destruction at the hands of Tasmania’s logging industries. The Huon Valley Environment Centre stands against incredible odds and is a brave beacon to the community.
Opening night 18 September, 6pm
Exhibition runs from the 18 – 30 September 2012
Hogan Gallery 310 Smith St Collingwood
Find out more at the Artists Behind the Action website.
The ÆGIS Research Group & Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, in association with Monash University present a free public forum:
Re-Imagining the Global: Culture and Climate Change
Timothy Morton (Professor, Literature & Environment Uni. California, Davis)
Ursula Heise (Professor, English, Uni. California, Stanford)
Darryn McEvoy (Professor, Climate Change Adaptation Program, RMIT)
Harry Nankin (Australian Environmental Artist)
Chair- Linda Williams – (Assoc. Prof. Art, Environment & Cultural studies, RMIT)
Place: Lecture Theatre, Storey Hall, 342-344 Swanston Street, RMIT University
Date: Friday, August 31st.
Time: 5.15 – 7.30
David Burrows spent seven weeks on the icy continent of Antarctica capturing the beauty of icebergs using a stereoscopic camera system which allowed him to photograph them in 3D. The result is [iceberg] an installation using binocular shaped ‘viewers’ positioned around Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square.
[iceberg] is open to the public at Federation Square, Melbourne CBD from 3rd August to 22nd September 2012 and is free of charge.
Drowned Worlds is a multi-media public art event that will reflect on the potential future impact global climate change may bring to our cities.The Drowned Worlds event comprises artworks in a range of media such as video, performance, sculpture and sound art to highlight the significance of water as a precious global resource.
Presented by RMIT Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change
Artists: Dominic Redfern, Simon Perry, Philip Samartzis, Haco (Japan)
Date: Thursday August 9th, 2012
Location: Batman Park, near Spencer Street on the Yarra River