AUSTRIA: FutureLab Residency Program
Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
If the earth beneath our feet could speak …
Created by Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski 'Incompatible Elements' is an ongoing project, which re-imagines the relationship between nature and culture, embedding poetic texts into satellite images of terrains and waterways in ecological crisis. Landscapes are dynamically manipulated in ways that reveal their underlying fragility. Building on a long tradition of artists combining words and image to communicate ideas, the intention is to configure the land as active and to imagine it being able to speak about human impacts upon it.
The artists tell stories on behalf of future climate refugees as part of their ongoing concern with human migration. These artworks encourages us to consider how our daily choices impact on changing the climate of the Planet.
'Incompatible Elements' was shown in the Maldives Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale opening on October 15th at the Gervasuti Foundation. The Australian Artist-in-Residence program at the FutureLab was initiated and produced by Ivanova/Novamedia in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and Ars Electronica.
Interview: Starrs & Cmielewski
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rethinking Culture: influences of ecological issues on art practice, MOCA, Taipei 2012