Here’s where we share all the cool projects we’ve come across. Ones that inspire, surprise and touch the heart. In all these ways we see how artists open new avenues for change. Click on the categories below to browse our directory of projects. Enjoy!

5 Recent Things

Birding the Future

Birding the Future is a sound and stereoscopic installation that brings extinct birds back to life. Reflecting on the role of birds as warning messengers and their disappearance as part of the ‘sixth extinction’, the project asks: “What does it mean that we can only see and hear extinct species through technology? How can traditional ecological knowledge be combined with technological advances to increase awareness of our role in the environment?”

Within Invisibility

Artist Jiayu Liu uses wind data from 40 Chinese cities to power a poetic installation that seeks to test the boundaries of data representation at the same time connecting us to a powerful force of nature. An innovative use of city data, we’re excited by what the work of this RCA graduate might bring to the realisation of more sensitive and sustainable urban environments.

Brickets

Could it take a a synthetic representation of nature to jolt us back into re-appreciating its beauty and our reliance upon it? That’s one the questions Pierre Proske is seeking to explore with his Brickets. So named for their chirping sounds and brickish size, the Brickets reinterpret data from local environmental sources such as the nearest home’s water usage, into animal like calls, which rise and ebb in response to one another, much like a synthesised colony of frogs, cicadas or crickets.

KiloWatt Hours

KiloWatt Hours, by Sydney based artist Tega Brain, uses lasers to inscribe in space the fluctuations of energy used by the surrounding building over time. KiloWatt Hours thus converts energy meter data into the readable form of an ‘energy clock.’, and the audience is prompted to consider the invisible consumption of energy in everyday life. Over time the laser light fades, and KiloWatt Hours forgets itself, in the same way we let our own energy use slip from memory.

Measuring Cup

A simple representation of Sydney’s climate data, Mitchell Whitelaw’s Measuring Cup makes it possible to hold the past 150 years of temperature information in the palm of your hand. Generated and printed using 3D technology, Measuring Cup uses temperature averages, like the rings of a tree, only stacked vertically. The result is delicate and beautiful, like the climate it represents, and it raises the question ‘what shape will it take in 10, 20 or 50 years?’

5 Random Things

Climarte: Arts for a Safe Climate

Climarte is an Australian alliance of arts practitioners and organisations that advocate for immediate, effective and creative action on climate change. Climarte speaks regularly through public and educational forums and publishes a monthly newsletter with news from this growing field. A key aim of Climarte is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on sustainable Arts practice at an individual and organisational level.

eARTh: Art for a Changing World

In December 2009, at the time of the UNFCCC Climate Conference, the Royal Academy of the Arts was home to this exhibition of 30 leading international contemporary artists, demonstrating the role that art can play in communicating the relevance of climate change to our daily lives. Video art, installation, photography, sculpture and painting are all represented in a myriad of often touching, challenging and revealing observations of our current plight and potential response.

 

Earth V Sky

Heralding the arrival of new and renewable wind power to the City of Sydney, Earth versus Sky is a nightly performative artwork in the City of Sydney, Australia. As the sun begins to set, an onsite surveillance camera takes a picture of the sky and calculating an average colour for every 5 seconds during 1.5 hours, the installation re-projects the inverse of this colour onto two, large Moreton Bay Fig trees, with spectacular results. The work of artist, Allan Giddy, himself a pioneer in renewable energy technologies, Earth v Sky brings a new awareness and sensitivity to the environment through public art.

Carbon Ecologies

Australian artist, curator and environmentalist Richard Thomas, has been working for over 20 years in various media exploring the intersect of art, culture and environment, including the carbon cycle and climate change. His 2008 project Carbon Ecologies, exhibited a range of works by different artists on the themes of the carbon economy and management in different countries, including a video works, painting, photography and installation. Local brown coal burnt in real time to generated the electricity which lit the exhibition.

COAL

COAL is a Paris-based organisation that stands for ‘coalition pour l’art et le développement durable’, translated as the coalition for art and sustainable development. It brings together professionals in contemporary art with environmental and research professionals. They award an annual prize of 10,000 euros to a contemporary artist proposing an environmentally themed work. They also commission exhibitions, events and generate publications.