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Seeking EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) – EMBODIED ENERGY – ART EXHIBITION

Posted in Events, Seeking, Visions by Ferne Edwards on September 4th, 2007

Title of Exhibition: Embodied Energy
Exhibition Dates: 6 – 29 June 2008
Opening: Thursday 5 June, from 6 to 8 pm
Venue: Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056
Curators: Penny Algar (Artist) & Edwina Bartlem (Curator, Counihan Gallery)

Embodied Energy aims to investigate and highlight the engagement by contemporary artists with the concept of a sustainable art practice. It seeks to address the question: how do artists challenge or take responsibility for the materials and processes they use; the waste they generate; their ecological footprint and the possible environmental consequences?

Artists working across diverse media are invited to submit a proposal for a new or recent artwork for the exhibition. Please read the Concept and Rationale below before completing the Expressions of Interest Form (attached as pdf document). Applications should include the Form with a one page written proposal outlining your concept for a new or recent artwork together with working drawings and plans indicating specific installation requirements (if applicable), a maximum of ten digital (or slide/ photographic) images and a recent two page CV.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5 pm, Wednesday 10 October 2007

Concept and Rationale
Issues around sustainability touch our lives in many ways. There is much debate in the community about the ways in which individuals and the community at large are able to respond to the challenges of major environmental issues such as climate change. A warming climate is linked to the current drought, the increasing prevalence and severity of bushfires and the decline of water flow along the river Murray. Climate change is a serious threat to biodiversity both in Australia and globally. These issues have created mixed emotions amongst people ranging from anger, frustration, hopelessness and fear as well as a determination to commit to a radical re-think of the ways in which we live and interact with the environment.

Many artists are questioning the way they practice. This exhibition will give artists an opportunity to respond to some of the ethical, philosophical and practical issues associated with living sustainably in a changing world.

The key questions that shape this creative project include:
How does a concern for environmental issues manifest itself in contemporary art practice?
How do artists think about, challenge or take responsibility for the materials and processes they use; the waste they generate; their ecological footprint and the possible environmental consequences?

Artists are asked to consider these questions and respond creatively to them in their exhibition proposals (Expressions of Interest) and final artworks.

Penny Algar, 2007
Embodied energy art exhibition

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