The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response, group exhibition, UTS Gallery, 3 July – 30 August 2007.
Curators: Jacqueline Bosscher, Maria Miranda & Norie Neumark
Artists: Isabel Aranda (Chile), Jonathan Bottrell Jones(Aus) & Jim Vivieaere (NZ/Cook Islands), Andres Burbano (Colombia), Peter Bennetts (Aus),Elizabeth Day (Aus), Muriel Frega (Argentina), David Haines (Aus) & Joyce Hinterding (Aus), Niki Hastings-McFall (NZ/Samoa), Zina Kaye (Aus), Dani Marti (Aus), Maria Miranda (Aus) & Norie Neumark (Aus), Jason Nelson (Aus), Regina Pinto (Brazil), Janine Randerson (NZ), John Tonkin (Aus), H J Wedge (Aus).
“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
Changing weather has spelt trouble before. But now the trouble is that we don’t quite know what to make of it, and it feels urgent. As the media, climatologists, environmentalists and politicians vie to shape our understanding and emotional responses to what we perceive and know, global warming reverberates through every level of culture. The uneasy relationship between man and nature is unsettled once more.
The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response brings together artists from Australia, the South Pacific and South America. Installation, audio-visual and performative works respond to the unsettling effects of climate change in diverse and surprising ways. Dani Marti, for instance, looks at our propensity to treat water as our plaything rather than precious resource via the construction of a giant ball of interwoven pink and orange pool noodles situated outdoors. In the absurdist art tradition, Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark have traveled the planet to create the ‘world’s’ largest breath collection’ in an effort to halt global warming. Elsewhere, a grouping of net.art by South American artists explores responses to climate change in that other great southern continent.
With their focus ranging from an emphasis on aesthetic imaginings, to investigations of tactical, emotional and pataphysical responses, the works in The Trouble with the Weather open out a space for dialogue on our complex socio-cultural relationships to weather in the current context.