When:Saturday 8 February, 2pm
With discussion about climate change front and centre in our lives, our 2020 creative program is focusing on the theme Solastalgia.
Join us on Saturday 8 February for the launch of our 2020 February – June program and the opening of our first exhibitions for the year.
Enjoy free activities including: Artist talks, live music and film screenings, and environmental philosopher Professor Glenn Albrecht, speaking in conversation about his book Earth Emotions and why he created the word Solastalgia.
2.00pm – Exhibition Openings: The Burning by Nick Moir / Umma’s Tongue: Molten at 6000° by Hannah Brontë / Fake Nature by Tony Curran and Waratah Lahy
2.30pm – Environmental philosopher Dr Glenn Albrecht
3.30pm – Artist talk by Nick Moir
4.00pm – Live music by An Inconvenient Groove
5.00pm – Film screening of Stingray Sisters
“If mother earth were a rapper then this is her new music video”. Hannah Brontë.
Hannah Brontë’s practice draws on women’s empowerment, hip-hop and protest, and spans photography, textiles and video. Her recent video work Umma’s Tongue: molten at 6000° pairs the female black body with panoramic images of mining and natural destruction.
The word umma, or mother, repeated by a cast of Indigenous, African and Pasifika female rappers calls up the matriarchal figure of nature in resistance to a dystopian landscape of human industry. Brontë draws parallels between the treatment of Indigenous women’s bodies to the way the earth is mined, fracked and desecrated. Entwining the women’s words with Mother Nature’s tongue, Brontë voices her warning— ‘don’t make umma have to clap back’.
Image: Hannah Brontë, Umma’s Tongue – molten at 6000° (Still), 2017, HD video with sound, 4 min 50 sec. Image courtesy of the artist.
The Burning is a collection of large format photographs taken during the bushfire crisis in NSW, by Sydney Morning Herald photographer, Nick Moir.
Moir has spent 25 years photographing extreme weather events alongside his role as photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald. He has covered several of the worst fire seasons Australia has seen in addition to: dust storms, thunder storms, floods and droughts. Moir has also undertaken six storm chasing expeditions in the US.
Through his work he endeavours to capture these various weather phenomena as living entities, some only living a few hours, in the case of storms, and others over months and years, for fires and droughts.
As part of our 2020 launch event, Nick will be holding an artist talk at 3:30pm on Saturday 8 February. This is a free event.
Fake Nature by Waratah Lahy and Tony Curran is an exhibition of contemporary approaches to painting the landscape, highlighting photographic, algorithmic and Web 2.0 sensibilities towards nature: paintings of the landscape through a technological gaze.
Tony Curran uses algorithmic processes to stack coloured forms into fake vistas that simulate phenomena observed from landscapes around Canberra and regional Australia. While Waratah Lahy’s paintings depict contemporary suburbia engraved by the tradition of snapshot photography and 19th century phantasmagoria. Her snapshots of peculiarly pink houses and anthropomorphised hedges advocate for a view of the everyday as magical.
Image: Tony Curran, Here, to be there (Parklife), 2019, Oil on linen, 51 x 41cm. Photo by Brenton McGeachie
Stingray Sisters is a real-life documentary set in a remote community. For the first time, this eye-opening film will give audiences unparalleled access to life in a remote Indigenous community, through the lens of three contemporary sisters. Noni, Alice and Grace are navigating their twenties while moving – as they always have – between two cultures and two homes. Facing constant challenges that most of us will never know, join the Eather sisters and their extended family as they prepare to take on their biggest battle yet.
An Inconvenient Groove are “Canberra’s best known climate change aware funk band. With grooves as deep as the Marianas Trench and energy as high as global temperatures, this is the funkiest thing to come out of Canberra since blue green algae in Lake Burley Griffin.”
The Theme: Solastalgia
Solastalgia: as our homes and environments disappear in the face of destruction, dispossession and climate change, will art be a tool for action, a witness to desolation, or merely a salve for our anxieties?
Join environmental philosopher Dr Glenn Albrecht in conversation Saturday 8 February at 2:30pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
In 2020 TAC’s creative program is looking at solastalgia, the homesickness you have while still at home. As the creator of the term word solastalgia, Dr Glenn Albrecht will discuss the complex emotions that can be experienced as our world rapidly changes.
Glenn Albrecht retired as professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in June 2014.He is now an Honorary Fellow in the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney.
He was at the University of Newcastle as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies until December 2008. He is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health, broadly defined. He has pioneered the research domain of ‘psychoterratic’ or earth related mental health and emotional conditions with his concept of ‘solastalgia’ or the lived experience of negative environmental change. Solastalgia has become accepted worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts. Glenn Albrecht’s work is now being used extensively in course readings, new research theses and academic research in many disciplines including geography, philosophy, literary and environmental studies. His work is also being published in languages other than English. He has publications in the field of animal ethics and has published on the ethics of relocating endangered species in the face of climate change pressures. His current major transdisciplinary research interest, the positive and negative psychological, emotional and cultural relationships people have to place and its transformation is one that sees him having a national and international research profile in an emergent field of academic inquiry where he has been recognised as a global pioneer. International citations to his academic productions are increasing annually and references to his psychoterratic concepts (particularly solastalgia) in global climate discussion, law, philosophy, art, music and culture are now too extensive to fully document. New concepts such as his idea of ‘The Symbiocene’ are also attracting international interest. Glenn now works as a ‘farmosopher’ on Wallaby Farm in the Hunter Region of NSW. He gives regular public talks on his work and its implications. Glenn Albrecht continues to research and publish in his chosen fields and he published a scholarly book, ‘Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World’, with Cornell University Press in May 2019.