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Energy, air and climate change: a new sculptural language
Singe, MN (2011) Energy, air and climate change: a new sculptural language. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.
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This project has developed a sculptural language that actively responds to
and participates in the climate change debate. It employs energy and air as
key materials in direct response to climate change, a discourse framed and
driven by the relationship between energy use and the earth’s atmosphere.
The research was motivated by a desire to develop an alternative approach
to making environmentally engaged sculpture where singular strategies,
such as utilising only recycled materials, have limitations in their ability to
address the complex and seemingly intangible nature of climate change.
While the project has historical links to environmental and land art that
emerged in the 1960s, the contextual focus has been sustainable design,
sculpture and installation art which strategically integrate the materials of
energy and air, made since the 1980s, the period in which the world became
more aware about global warming. By synthesising formal and conceptual
approaches from these sources, the project has developed a multifaceted
sculptural language in response to the complexity of climate change. This
language has been informed by artists such as Simon Starling and Tue
Greenfort who create installation-based environmental systems. The
metaphorical link between global warming and human respiration
emphasized by Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark in their work Talking
About the Weather (2006 ongoing) has been substantially explored in this
The research output consists primarily of sculptural objects whose form and
function have been inspired by sustainable design and DIY culture. These
objects require physical human input to demonstrate the mechanical
dimension of their relationship to climate change. The sculptures are
supplemented by video documentation that depicts their activation in order to parody emergent climate change solutions such as alternative energy
generation and carbon capture and storage. My presence in these videos as a
test subject or tragic anti-hero offers a blackly humorous critique of
individual climate change convictions.
Singular strategies for creating environmentally engaged sculpture are
limited in their ability to respond to climate change. Through the strategic
use of energy and air in a series of sculptural objects that incorporate
elements of sustainable design and DIY culture, this research has developed
a multifaceted language that actively responds to this complex
environmental issue. By parodying alternative energy generation systems
and highlighting a metaphorical association between global warming and
human respiration, the project creates an opportunity for the viewer to
reassess their climate change beliefs.
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|Date Deposited:||13 Dec 2011 23:43|
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