S2E9 Upwelling – Art and Climate Change

This week we spoke with Ilka White (artist), Dale Cox (artist) and Brodie Ellis (curator and artist).  They are all involved in an exhibition about the climate crisis at Lot 19 Castlemaine called Upwelling.

Our conversation explores the concept of the show and how it was brought together by Brodie and the works made by Ilka and Dale, before moving on to look at what part art has to play in communicating about the Climate Crisis.

“This exhibition brings ancient and new knowledge, ideas, and actions to the surface of the climate change struggle.  Science from a deeper understanding of the natural world will direct our survival plan for the future we are creating today.”

Exhibiting artists: Zoe Amor, Alvin Briggs, Dale Cox, Punctum IncCameron Robbins with Maison LapalusGretel Taylor & Leonie Van EykIlka WhiteJohn Wolseley 

Curated by Brodie Ellis & Mark Anstey.

Featured Music

The gorgeous song in this episode – suggested by Ilka – is from a project called The Lost Words Spell Songs – who kindly gave us permission to use the full song in this podcast. 

“The Lost Words: Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book, the acclaimed work by authors Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, responding to the removal of everyday nature words from a widely used children’s dictionary which grew to become a much broader protest at the loss of the natural world around us, as well as a celebration of the creatures and plants with which we share our lives, in all their characterful glory.”

If people want to download The Blessing they can purchase as an individual track or entire album here: https://folkbytheoakrecords.com/the-lost-words-spell-songs

This episode was created in 2020 as part of a series called Turning the Goldfields Green. This series was created with support from MASG, MAINfm and the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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