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Artists & Scientists Unite to Disrupt Climate Complacency

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A force that won’t cool down…

In response to climate change, °TEMP brings the arts and sciences together to create large scale outdoor installations in a free experiential programme of events. Running from 16 March – 8 April 2017 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson and Te Uru Gallery, Titirangi, °TEMP offers highly interactive learning experiences suitable for all ages to help us imagine and react to our changing climate.

A unique new initiative, °TEMP has invited come of New Zealand’s top scientists and leading artists to interrogate and reframe global climate science in a series of visually rich and immersive art installations. Throughout 2016 collaborators on 5 key projects have been working with school children throughout Auckland and NZ to learn about climate issues and workshop creative but practical ways to represent the issues. °TEMPexperiences will provide insights into the many small ways each of us contribute to carbon emissions and the dramatic impact these are having on Water, Weather, Food, Shelter and Air - globally and locally.

Our earth’s climate has always changed but recently humans have become a major force shaping those changes. We can harness our power as a community to make a positive difference if we take the time to make small changes in our daily lives. - Naomi McCleary, °TEMP founder and a finalist in the Woman of Influence Awards 2015.

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The 5 key projects are
Draw Water - Led by artist Gabby O’Connor in partnership with NIWA marine scientist Dr Craig Stevens, this project looks into ocean patterns, with both collaborators extensively researching in Antarctica. Come March, an acre of park will play host to a giant rope drawing depicting these complex systems.

We are Weather - Alarmingly it was discovered that on average each New Zealand household contributes 10,000kg CO2e per year to the atmosphere, adding to a growing disturbance in weather patterns. Professor Anthony Fowler and artist Brydee Rood analyse what CO2e measurements actually mean, representing CO2e physically with tonnes of coal, alongside other weather focused pieces.

An onsite community garden and a large scale edible gateway led by the imaginative Roots Creative Entrepreneurs will showcase and encourage backyard horticulture.

Thrifty artist collaborators Xin Cheng and Chris Berthleson met with former Civil Defence educator Jamie Richards to focus on shelter in an extreme disaster. Building shelters from upcycled materials, and encouraging strangers to join the conversation, their work looks at building disaster resilience as a community.

Artist collective F4 have collaborated with NIWA’s air quality scientists to produce O Tu Kapua ~Personal Cloud. This multi-sensory, multi-media installation will arouse curious minds to learn about climate change science and their power to influence it.

Leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through a 1.5C upper limit for global warming, only eight months after the target was set.” - The Guardian, Aug 2016.

°TEMP aims to disrupt complacency, arm you with knowledge and an action tool box, and promote sustainable decision making from the grassroots up. °TEMP challenges New Zealanders to aim for a net carbon zero footprint at a personal, community and regional level.

16th March – 8th April 2017
FREE programme of events
Corban Estate Arts Center and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, West Auckland.


°TEMP is proudly brought to you by Corban Estate Arts Center in partnership with Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, with generous support from Foundation North, TTCF, Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Auckland Council and MBIE

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