Posts Tagged ‘art’

Singing the Changes? Melbourne Mussel Choir

Posted in Models, Research, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on May 27th, 2013

The ATA flagged this project in their recent ReNew newsletter as being worth a look, and we agree!

Melbourne mussel choir_Natalie Jeremijenko
Photo: Natalie Jeremijenko

From the Melbourne Mussel Choir:

The Melbourne Mussel Choir enables members of the public to monitor and celebrate the tremendous environmental services these organisms can provide.

Carbon Arts is working with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and artist Natalie Jeremijenko to realise her concept for a public artwork that uses marine organisms to collect data about and represent the real-time water quality – or, as Jeremijenko, likes to call it, the Qualities of Water – of the Melbourne Docklands’ aquatic ecosystem.

One mussel can filter as much as 6-9 litres of water/ hour. By instrumenting mussels with hall effect sensors, which indicate the opening and closing of their shells, and by giving them each a voice, converting the data into sound, the artwork uses the behavior of the organisms themselves as a biologically meaningful measure of pollutant exposure in order to produce a public spectacle.

Storm water run-off, local weather, and seasons will have evident effects on the Choir’s performances. The songs will map parameters such as water depth to sound pitch, presence of pollutants to sound timbre, and the rate of the opening and closing of mussel shells to sound tempo, for example. The mussels will become rock stars.

Planning work has begun with a final launch expected in 2014. The Melbourne Mussel Choir was the winning work of the Echology: Making Sense of Data initiative, a partnership between Carbon Arts, the Australian Network of Art and Technology and developer, Lend Lease.


Going Nowhere: Sustainable Creative Experiences and Conversations

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2012

23 November , 2012 6:00 pmto25 November , 2012 3:00 pm

“Gauge” photo by Cameron Robbins

Join us over three days at Arts House to explore the different ways that we – as artists and as audiences – can sustainably generate and share creative experiences across the globe.  Without anyone getting on a plane.

Friday 23 November – Opening Night Party (6–11pm)

  • 6pm Free Gauge performance with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
  • 7.30pm Free Pecha Kucha (bookings required)
  • 6pm–11pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth

Saturday 24 November – Think it, Talk it, Do it

  • 10am–12pm $10* Responsible Mobility Workshop
  • 12pm–2pm Free Gauge (incl. performance at 1.30)/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 2pm–4pm $10* Ideas Lab
  • 5pm–6.30pm $10* New modes of Cultural Exchange Public Forum

* $20 day pass available to all sessions

Sunday 25 November – Forage & Feed

  • 9.30am–12.30pm $15 Food Foraging
  • 12pm–3pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 1pm–3pm Free Sunday Lunch with eco-poets (bookings required)
Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November, Arts House, Meat Market

>> Download the Going Nowhere program
>> Visit the website for more details and bookings

Human Effect: Public Installation

Posted in Events, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on October 9th, 2012

11 October , 2012 7:00 pmto27 October , 2012 12:00 am

Presented by Experimenta in association with Melbourne Festival

Yandell Walton (Australia)



Accomplished projection installation artist Yandell Walton has collaborated with animator Tobias J Edwards and software developer Jayson Haebich to bring Festival-goers a spectacular new interactive artwork.

Mapping the contours of an urban laneway, Walton repurposes it as a canvas for a series of vibrantly animated projections, creating a paradise of verdant growth. Flowering vines twine up pipes, moss and ferns spread across the walls, while vividly coloured butterflies alight on window ledges.

An echo of ages before human inhabitation, the scene entices viewers to move closer: an approach that sees the new life wither and slowly die, destroyed by the human presence, only to be renewed once more in a riot of foliage and motion as viewers move away.

Make the discovery of this remarkable loop of growth and decay, a visual arts gem hidden amid Melbourne’s secluded backstreets and laneways.

>>Find out more here.

Wintering: A dance work inspired by the Arctic

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 17th, 2012

27 May , 2012
9:00 pm

The expedition was part of The Arctic Circle Project, run by The Farm Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, based in New York.

Echology: Data-driven public artworks

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 21st, 2012

26 March , 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
Source: Bindarri

Imagine living alongside artworks that reflect the choices that you and your local communities are making towards achieving a sustainable future… artworks that live and breathe, that reward your choices and encourage change.

ECHOLOGY brings together Australia’s leading artists and urban developers to create data-driven public artworks that engage with serious issues in evocative and playful ways. Come along to the seminar and networking event nearest you to find out how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity and to meet some of the best international artists working in the field: Julie FREEMAN (UK), Usman HAQUE (UK), Joyce HINTERDING (AU), Geo HOMSY (US), Natalie JEREMIJENKO (AU/US) and DV ROGERS (NZ/AU).

Melbourne Seminar: March 26
>> Register here

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data brings together Australia’s leading creative talent, a world leader in urban development and three urban communities to create data-driven public artworks that drive meaningful engagement with issues surrounding sustainability, climate change and resource use.

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data is a three-stage project that will support the utilisation of real-time data and sensing in the production of artworks for the public realm. Each of the stakeholder groups involved with the project have different, but complementary objectives that together can be met through the project’s realisation.

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data is presented by the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) in partnership with Carbon Arts.

Events to be held in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.>> More information on the site

Family School Holiday Workshops: Port Phillip EcoCentre

Posted in Events by ecoApril on April 7th, 2011

15 April , 2011to19 April , 2011

For autumn school holidays, enjoy Port Phillip EcoCentre’s creative, investigative and interactive activities inspired by the local environment! Explore nature through art, song, and take-home projects for parents and kids. Classes at noon 15, 17 & 19 April. All materials are provided. Adult accompaniment required for these hands-on workshops.

$15 per child per class ($10 if booking for 3 kids or 3 classes).

Bookings recommended. Book with, or call 9534 0670.

15 April – Sketchbook Safari. Learn basic bookmaking then explore the gardens collecting sensory observations in your new handmade book.
17 April – Miniature Museum. Make collection and display tools for your own micro-museum, then start finding natural treasures to populate your museum.
19 April – Felt Making. Where does fabric come from? How is it made? Make your own felt fabric squares, snakes and beads at this hands-on workshop. Back by popular demand!

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed eco-living house and garden in the southwest corner of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens.  We’re a short stroll from the 96, 16, 3, or 67 trams and a 10-minute walk from Balaclava train station, and a pleasant bike ride from most anywhere!

55A Blessington Street (cnr Herbert & Blessington Streets), St Kilda
03 9534 0670,

Bookings with

‘The Slow Ride’ Album Launch Tour

Posted in Events, Movements by Rob Eales on November 1st, 2010

20 November , 2010
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Via Kristin Rule

Image: Kristin Rule

“When you ride a bicycle, all things in life slow down, including album launches!” Kristin Rule.

Five Bicycle Riding Cello Tours are being planned for the coming year as part of Kristin Rule’s ‘The Slow Ride Album Launch’. A true ‘sharing of the soul’ in the spirit of the hauntingly beautiful and exquisite original compositions from ‘The Knife that Cuts a Tear’.  See tour poster, dates, reviews and more here, ‘The Slow Ride’ Album Launch Tour.

Warren McLaren writing about the tour for TreeHugger,

A couple of years ago Kristin Rule, alias ‘The Unconventional Cellist’ undertook a 20 week music tour, toting her cello on a motorbike with a solar trailer. With a new album recently released, she is soon to be touring again, but this time by bicycle accompanied by a solar-powered, electric-assist trailer.

The 30 watt solar photovoltaic panel on the ‘Mechanarchy Watt-Bot’ trailer stores electrical energy in a pair of 12 volt batteries. These provide up to three hours of electrically assisted riding for pedalling a cello laden ‘Yuba Mundo’ up hills. The assistance offered by the ‘Watt-Bot’ is said to be “akin to having an extremely strong tailwind.” But there’s much more to the story.

The ‘Watt-Bot’ trailer frame and bicycle tow hitch are both hand built from recycled materials. Not only does it act as an electric assist booster for the bike riding between gigs but can also provide power for the street or bush gigs where mains power is not really available. Power management is controlled by the handlebar mounted ‘Cycle Analyst’, from eBikes.

The huge panniers on Kristin’s Yuba Mundo are crafted of salvaged canvas by Ron D Swan. The panniers not only lug around the usual clothing and camping gear, but also the mixing desk, microphones and even a custom built stage.

Visit TreeHugger, for the full article.

Tipping Point Melbourne: Art & Climate Change

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 19th, 2010

28 October , 2010
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

© Hermann Josef Hack via Tipping Point

Art and Climate Change: Waking in fear and living in hope – What kind of art do we need now?

TippingPoint is a network organisation based in the UK that connects the arts and climate science worlds. They have developed a unique conference format with an extraordinary international network of scientists and artists. Their purpose is to re-imagine a global future through dialogue and action, by audiences, artists, scientists and policy makers.

In this Australian first, following short and sharp provocations from our guest speakers including Dick Robertson (TippingPoint UK), Natasha Mitchell (Science Broadcaster and Presenter All in the Mind, ABC Radio National), Marcus Westbury (Arts and culture journalist and TV presenter), will facilitate a different kind of extended conversation, in which you decide what should be discussed. What follows is a night of vibrant and creative conversation that will have you engaged, connected and with a personal climate change action plan. The Malthouse Kitchen and Bar will be open for your enjoyment throughout!

Following this Open Space event 120 artists, scientists and others will be participating in a two day Melbourne gathering of TippingPointAustralia with the objective to develop ideas and commission new works before it moves to Sydney and then Brisbane.

Thursday 28 October 2010, 6pm – 10pm (entry from 5:30pm)
Merlyn Theatre, The CUB Malthouse

Free entry – register on The Malthouse Theatre website

seven thousand oaks: festival of art and sustainability

Posted in Events by miyuki on June 10th, 2010

seven thousand oaks brushes

The inaugural seven thousand oaks festival will host over 20 artists exploring the issue of sustainability through music, visual art, performance and installation throughout Winter 2010.  The festival kicks off on June 17th at Guilford Lane Gallery with Adaptation, the visual art exhibition and the first event within the 5-week festival program. seven thousand oaks (7KO) has the great pleasure of inviting Guy Abrahams Al Gore Climate Change speaker and director of the Christine Abrahams Gallery, to open the festival.  Next in the 7KO line-up, come out to the Heide Museum of Modern art on Sunday June 20 for the one-day music program, Touch at a Distance.

Every Saturday during the festival the public art program, Arena, will take place on the streets of Melbourne at City Square.  Finally, seven thousand oaks would like to invite you to Plant Out, a tree planting on July 16 – 18. Pack a tent, some warm clothes and hop a free bus to Moyston approximately 230km from Melbourne and join us for a weekend of tree-planting, educational activity and camp-dirt fun.

June 17- July 24 2010, Melbourne

Check out the full program at

Freedom To Speak Exhibition: Gunns 20 Fundraiser

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 20th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: Hogan Gallery

This February, four defendants will stand trial in the long running Gunns 20 case. Gunns Ltd – the Tasmanian native forest logging company – is suing three individuals and one grass roots environmental organisation. The case has already cost Gunns Ltd $2.8 million and is likely to cost much more by the end. It is one of the longest running and most expensive cases of its kind in Australian legal history. The case will have far-reaching implications for the right to protest and the right to free speech.

Artists from Tasmania and Victoria are collaborating to bring awareness to the trial and the importance of Free Speech for the exhibition at Hogan Gallery. Printmakers, Photographers, Sculptors, Painters and Makers will show their art that has been inspired by the Gunns 20 case and Tasmania’s threatened wilderness areas, in attempt to gain wider exposure for this history-making legal case.

The exhibition is being curated by the Black Sassy Collective, the artistic arm of the Huon Valley Environment Centre.  Huon Valley Environment Centre is one of the Gunns 20 defendants.

Hogan Gallery, Smith St, Fitzroy, Fri 15 Jan – Thu 28 Jan