Presented by Arts House
6pm–9pm, Tue 31 Oct
Wed 1 – Sat 11 Nov
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Climatic extremes are the new meteorological normal for our planet. This screen-and-audiobased exhibition offers human, interspecies, plant and geological perspectives, and visceral experiences of the fragility, resilience and collapse of systems and ecologies. in extremis is lightning storms, dry winds, urban heathaze and contorted railway lines; parched riverbeds and flooded cities; panting, sweating, fainting and hallucinating.
Join in extremis interlocutor Sarah Miller and presenting artists for a night of presentations, experiences and performance at the exhibition opening on Tuesday 31 October.
Leah Barclay, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, wāni, Jill Orr, Zoe Scoglio, Latai Taumoepeau & Daniel Browning.
The High Ground
Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
A new installation in the North Melbourne Town Hall Clock Tower to accompany in extremis, The High Ground is a test of human empathy in confined spaces. Participants undertake a negotiation within a delicate and precarious situation. Only one person can make it to the top. In collaboration with Jen Hector (Australia), Live Umbrella (Finland), and Sophie Weeks and John Ash (UK).
Coloniality’s imposition of westernised systemic structures through globalisation has literally brought our climate to its current condition, where the most vulnerable and marginalised are often the most devastated by climate change. Melbourne-based artist wāni explores displacement, erasure, anti-blackness and stories of dispossession that decentre whiteness in a new audio/visual work-in-development, presented as a special open studio to accompany in extremis. wāni is Artist-in-Residence for Arts House’s The Listening Program, as part of Refuge.
Supported by –Refuge is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and the University of Melbourne.
Refuge supporting partners are Emergency Management Victoria, Red Cross Australia, SES Footscray Division, The Huddle at The North Melbourne Football Club, the University of Melbourne’s Research Unit in Public Cultures, Resilient Melbourne, ACTNatimuk, Nati Frinj Biennale, Creative Recovery Network and Horsham Rural City Council.
Participating artists and friends include Hannah Donnelley, Lee Shang Lun, Greg Pritchard, Jillian Pearce, Kate Sulan and Dawn Weleski.