Artists explore conflicted views of the oceans


Join us at RMIT Gallery On Thursday 4 May 6-8 pm when Prof John Finnigan FAA, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and ANU Research School of Biology opens Ocean Imaginaries, a new exhibition that focuses on some of the contradictions and conflicted feelings raised by how the ocean is imagined in an age of environmental risk.

Jason deCaires Taylor, Inertia, 2011.

The poetics of the ocean have long captured the human imagination. Once a wild and pristine environment and a compelling metaphor for the sacred mysteries of nature, the romantic image of the ocean has been eroded by the global threat of climate change.

RMIT Gallery’s new international exhibition Ocean Imaginaries (5 May – 1 July) features work by by 20 artists responding to various perceptions of global oceans.

Curated by Associate Professor Linda Williams,  Ocean Imaginaries is part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 – a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

Ocean Imaginaries – Free Public Programs

Friday 5 May 1-2 pm – Curator’s talk 
In this curator’s talk, Associate Professor Linda Williams will take a guided tour of the exhibition at RMIT Gallery and talk about how Ocean Imaginaries responds to a recent turn to the ocean in the environmental humanities. REGISTER

Thursday 11 May 5.30 – 6.30 pm – Under the dome | Lynette Wallworth
Brisbane based artist Lynette Wallworth’s immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world. She is at the frontier of the use of digital domes to enable a fully immersive space where art, technology, science and beauty can converge. REGISTER

Coral – Lynette Wallworth: Trailer from Felix Media on Vimeo.

Friday 12 May 1-2 pm – Public talk: Art and environmental risk
Ocean Imaginaries is the fifth major exhibition on themes of environmental concern expressed through the arts that RMIT Gallery and Associate Professor Linda Williams from the RMIT School of Art have cooperatively curated. In this conversation, Linda Williams and artist Lynette Wallworth discuss how artists and curators respond to climate change. REGISTER


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