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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.

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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.

    "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

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

    "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 Richards
    Mix/Master | Lloyd Richards

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

    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 rising
    When you know a place
    Highly Strung
    Everything you hold dear

    Credits:
    Host | Mark Spencer
    Mix/Master | Mark Spencer

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

    Mark Conroy on "The Call"

    Mark Conroy on "The Call"

    How long until you answer the call? In this Art Breaker mini we discuss the newly released track "The Call" by Echo, multi-instrumentalist artist Mark Conroy. 

    We explore his paired roots in music and activism, the inspiration for this track, and how joining a group of fellow artists who've committed to releasing new work every week has spurred him through the Melbourne lockdown. 

    Listen to Mark's work on his Soundcloud. 

    Know a creative with a great story to tell? Drop us a line, or even better, work with us to tell it!

    Get in touch at hello@climactic.fm.

     

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

    Wading into "The Grot" | Dr Pat Grant

    Wading into "The Grot" | Dr Pat Grant

    What’s the Grot? Or, what happens to form The Grot?

    A barely recognisable, muddy dystopia of a future? Or, a near at hand present with just a slap of mud and touch of humour?

    Eav Brennan explores graphic novel The Grot with author Pat Grant, and get into why he made it, what it reflects, and what he hopes you take away from it.

    You can already read it for free on his site, so get the director’s commentary here while you’re at it, you beautiful cheapskates!

    Links:
    Pat Grant
    The Grottiest Book Launch!

    Clips:
    Sydney Morning Herald - 'There's nothing to celebrate': Cronulla Riots 10 years on
    2040 - Seaweed Crowdfunding Campaign
    Elysium

    Credits:
    Host | Eav Brennan
    Host | Mark Spencer
    Mix/Master | Seán Marsh
    Music/Production Assistance | Lloyd Richards

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

    Retracted | On the 2014 Biennale Boycott with Gabrielle de Vietri

    Retracted | On the 2014 Biennale Boycott with Gabrielle de Vietri

    There are many members of our community who at the start of 2020 called themselves artists. Some were working artists, funded by their work, by grants, by exhibitions funded by companies - all imperfect in their own individual ways.

    Most of those artists will no longer be funded when you hear this. Pandemic, recession, and government decision has and will cause a reaping of the arts community. Artists will have to turn their hand to other things for paying work. But will they cease to be artists? Will they cease to have a voice?

    Gabrielle de Vietri shares her story of the 2014 Sydney Biennale, her excitement on being selected, her two years preparing her work, the bitter pill of learning of the event sponsorship and its connection with the Manus and Nauru detention camps. Her decision to retract her work, and what it says about the power of art that the decision to not show it possibly achieved more than the art itself ever could. 

    Artbreaker is a program dedicated to the arts community as it faces and is affected by the climate crisis, and the 2014 Sydney Biennale Boycott was just one dramatic example of this. 

    If you're a working artist, former artist, or a creator not comfortable with the artist label, we'd love to hear from you and work to adapt a story for the show. 

     

    Credits:

    Gabrielle de Vietri - https://www.gabrielledevietri.net/

    Marty Gallagher - https://echidnaaudio.com/

    Mark Spencer - www.climactic.com.au

    Jacob Richards/Puscha - https://puscha.bandcamp.com/

    Bronwyn Johnson and Catriona Black-Dinham - Climarte 

    Support the show: https://climactic.com.au/support/

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