15 episodes

These are climactic times; the Climate Crisis, the Biodiversity Crisis, Sixth Mass Extinction... The Anthropocene. So how is this affecting the art we're making in our society, and how can that art be part of a response, or even a solution? Join us as we explore music, prose, poetry, visual art and more, and learn how the art we love is made, and why.

Art Breaker Mark Spencer

    • Society & Culture

These are climactic times; the Climate Crisis, the Biodiversity Crisis, Sixth Mass Extinction... The Anthropocene. So how is this affecting the art we're making in our society, and how can that art be part of a response, or even a solution? Join us as we explore music, prose, poetry, visual art and more, and learn how the art we love is made, and why.

    Is the top song of 2022... about climate change?

    Is the top song of 2022... about climate change?

    The top song about 2022 is called Heat Waves, by UK band Glass Animals. But, is the song about the record-breaking heatwaves that are becoming the new normal in our time of the Anthropocene?

    You'll find out, in this episode of Art Breaker - the podcast that covers the intersection of the arts and climate change.

    You'll hear excerpts from two of the best music podcasts in this episode, linked below:
    Hit Parade - Hits of the Year Edition
    Song Exploder - Glass Animals

    • 17 min
    Eav Brennan makes rubbish portraits

    Eav Brennan makes rubbish portraits

    This episode is an interview from climactic member and artist Eav Brennan. Eav's spent the last year interviewing some climate leaders and making upcycled portraits of them. In this episode, Mark and Eav run through the portrait subjects and the stories that stuck with Eav, as well as touching on the long history of textile art as a medium of social change.
    Music
    Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/53327 Ft: Kara Square
    For more on Eav's work check out her instagram @eavrose or her website
    https://www.thesecondattempt.com
    This project was supported by the Creative Power Award.
     
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    • 47 min
    "How the arts can connect and sustain us in the climate movement" | Talking In This Climate

    "How the arts can connect and sustain us in the climate movement" | Talking In This Climate

    Can music, film, literature and art inspire climate activism or change our perspectives on climate change? In this episode, we discuss non-academic examples of climate change communications.
    Arguably, pop culture can have as much, or perhaps even greater, impact than academic literature on getting us to think differently about climate change and the world that we live in.  
    In preparing for this episode we each shared a short film or a piece of music that has had an impact on us and how we experience environmentalism. We encourage you to take a look at our playlist and feel free to share your own examples of non-academic climate change communications on our Facebook page!
    Our discussion in this episode focuses on two examples from our playlist: The first one is Yurala, a track by Marliya Choir (who are a part of Gondwana Choirs, forming a part of Spinifex Gum – a collective of voices led by Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire.) and the second one is Carbon Whore, a short film produced by the Youth Disability Advocacy Service in 2010.
    Follow this link to listen to our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjy7CI8OhkWrmiUxc44CgsgQT88cxiRiN
    Recorded 14 June 2021.
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    • 42 min
    "Cape Grim with Jessie Boylan" | Saltgrass Podcast

    "Cape Grim with Jessie Boylan" | Saltgrass Podcast

    This is an episode of Art Breaker, find the show and all episodes here.But this is also a guest episode, adapted from Saltgrass, a podcast and radio show on Main FM, and the work of Alison Hanley.
    Jessie Boylan is a PhD candidate at RMIT's School of Art.  She has work in the upcoming Castlemaine State Festival called The Smallest Measure. Her thesis and upcoming art installation has taken her out to the wilds of a remote outpost at the edge of Tasmania… to a place called Cape Grim where there is a science lab that tests the air coming in off the ocean there. Without land or human habitation for hundreds of kilometres, the air blowing in off the ocean to cape grim is considered the best air in the world to get base measurements of our atmosphere, including carbon and other green house gasses.  This data is vital in our understanding of global warming. 
    How does an artist depict the science of climate change? Listen to this episode to find out.
    Thanks to Tom Day for music used in this and other Climactic Collective episodes.
    Special thanks to Matt Wicking for the use of the music of the General Assembly. 
    Listen to Cape Grim here, from the album Vanishing Point. To get in touch with us, to contribute to the show or offer feedback please get in touch at hello@climactic.fm
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    • 38 min
    "Bird song and field recording" | Musician Tom Day

    "Bird song and field recording" | Musician Tom Day

    Lloyd Richards bring this interview and audio doco about artist Tom Day to Art Breaker.
    Tom Day is a solo artist residing in Main Ridge, Australia and has been creating ambient and electronic music since 2005. Characterised as “effortless and raw”, Tom's tracks couple elegant beats and piano melodies to an array of personally-collected field recordings, his style alternating between promising swells and restful plateaus.
    Having grown up on a farm on the Mornington Peninsula, Tom is strongly influenced by the ocean beaches and natural openness of his hometown. Other influences include cinematic scores by Alan Silvestri, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Thomas Newman, John Barry & John Williams, as well as pioneering electronic artists such as Moby, Daft Punk, Brian Eno and The Chemical Brothers.
    The music of Tom Day has been used in independent film and documentaries from around the world, with clients including National Geographic, Volvo, New York Times, Momondo, Holden, Juice Media, GetUp and Tourism Victoria. Having worked on an array of joint projects with other musicians and visual artists, Tom is deeply drawn to the synthesis of sound and image.
     
    Links:
    Tom Day
    Songs:
    Flemington
    Howqua
    Southerly
    Credits:Host | Lloyd RichardsMix/Master | Lloyd Richards
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    • 27 min
    The beauty of "End Game" | Kyla Brettle and Rob Law

    The beauty of "End Game" | Kyla Brettle and Rob Law

    End Game, the hyperlocal audio project from the Mount Alexander Shire in central Victoria, centered on the town of Castlemaine, is impactful storytelling on people as they engage with the reality of climate change. 
    Climate change is a communications problem, not a science problem - as David Attenborough has recently said. And End Game is engaging with how we feel about climate, how we ourselves change in the face of change. 
    Links:End Game
    Clips:Bubbling away and risingWhen you know a placeHighly StrungEverything you hold dear
    Credits:Host | Mark SpencerMix/Master | Mark Spencer
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    • 44 min

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