Emma Webb on Climate Century

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A festival of climate change art for the 21 st century: three weeks of performances, installations, talks, workshops and special events in Port Adelaide.

Climate Century opens this coming Thursday 8th November. We hope you can join us from 5:30pm at Waterside for our opening night.

Climate Century is the culmination of five years of work by Vitalstatistix. We are enormously proud of this program of new works exploring grief, resistance, survival and reinvention in the 21 st century – and all made by artists at the forefront of climate change art in Australia.

To help you navigate the program, here is some more information about how the program is structured and ways you can approach participating in it.

Climate Century features eight new artworks. One is a free special event offered for one night only. Three of these are installations presented across the whole three weeks that are free to enter; and four are ticketed performances, each offered on different weeks of the festival – tickets for these shows are a super-cheap and  accessible $15 each. In addition, we are offering a public program of talks, workshops and other special events.

WEEK ONE November 8-11
In our opening week, see three stunning installations – Then Let Us Run (The Sky is Falling), River Cycle and War Dance of the Final Frontier – as well as a provocative performance lecture on Friday evening by Emily Parsons-Lord about making climate change art; join us for a special Remembrance Day forum on Sunday afternoon; and see the immersive concert experience, Sentients by Winter Witches, performing for four nights only across Thursday – Sunday.

WEEK TWO November 15-18
In our middle week, join a discussion about unsettling frontiers on Friday evening; dive into three workshops on offer over the weekend – Jimmy Dodd on Saturday (perfect for kids and adults) and then James Batchelor and Latai Taumoepeau on Sunday (perfect for dancers and non-dancers); experience two special durational performances by Jimmy and Latai on the Port River; and don’t miss mesmerising contemporary dance work Deepspace across four  nights alongside our ongoing exhibition of three major installations.

WEEK THREE November 22-25
For the final weekend, make sure you catch the installations before it’s all over in a flash; experience two playful, outdoor participatory performances, Eyes and Raft of the Medusa (which you can see as a double bill at 5pm and 7pm) across the four nights; and then get set for a huge Saturday (November 24 th ) with our panel on speculative strategies for the future, our special one-off presentation of  Sovereign Acts III: REFUSE by the incredible Unbound Collective, and our closing night party, End Times, featuring Lonelyspeck, Winter Witches and Bad Jelly DJs.

It’s easy, and understandable, to want to look away from climate change. Or you may feel you have a notion of what climate change art is. We encourage you to put these feelings aside and dive into these surprising and beautiful artworks with us over the next three weeks – they are funny, playful, moving, sad, accessible, fierce and brave.

We are looking are looking forward to seeing you for a magical and provocative November in Port Adelaide.

Emma Webb
Director, Vitalstatistix




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