Inheritance explores elements of our current food culture that are in danger of becoming extinct because of climate change, and considers what will remain for generations to come.
21 July – 26 August 2016
Opening night – Wednesday 20 July, 6pm-8pm (book here)
700, Swanston St, Carlton
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm
The exhibition imagines a world where our current food sources have disappeared, are significantly modified, or completely replaced, and the remnants we leave behind are perceived as relics from the past.
Fool’s Gold is a series of hand-made paper structures that portray sheets of empty honeycomb. The rapid decline of bees will jeopardise the pollination of a large proportion of the world’s crops and plants. Emphasising this threat, these pieces present hollowed out, empty shells of abandoned beehives.
In Seeds, short stop-motion animations of almond, apple, cacao, chickpea, coffee, cotton, grapevine and walnut seedlings – all endangered because of climate change, are looped and played continuously on small screens placed inside beakers. The series considers genetic modification of produce and possibilities for future regeneration of crops with the aid of technology.
The Windswept coast, the star swept sky, the tides that toss our hearts includes a series of cuttlefish bones collected on the wilderness coast of New South Wales and Victoria. While referencing the general decline of ocean life due to rising water temperatures, it also alludes the increase of cuttlefish and jellyfish as a more sustainable food choice, and evokes the broader connectivity of ocean, earth and humans.
Inheritance is part of Absolutely Famished, a creative exploration of future food curated by Dr Renee Beale. Underpinned by scientific research it imagines the 22nd century marketplace.
About Anna Madeleine:
Anna Madeleine is an emerging artist working with mixed media, installation and stop-motion animation. Through explorations of time and mapping, her practice aims to create poetic interpretations of scientific data, networks and infrastructure that underpin contemporary culture. Anna completed a PhD in Media Arts in 2014 at UNSW Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at ANU School of Art in 2007. She has had solo exhibitions at CHASM Gallery (New York), MILS Gallery, Paper Plane Gallery, 107 Projects (Sydney) and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. In 2016 she has been selected for SafARI 2016, the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, the ANU Vice Chancellor’s College Visiting Artist Fellowship scheme, and will be a visiting artist at the University of Southern California after receiving a Project Funding grant from Arts ACT. She is currently a studio artist at ANCA, Canberra.