Culture & Loss

Understanding Australia in the Age of Humans

Localising the Anthropocene.

 

This project examines the role museums can play in helping to make sense of Australia’s experiences during a time of rapid planetary change and global disruption. The aim of the project is to offer a dynamic series of platforms which can facilitate discussion and communicate a more tangible experience of how both the individual and the community is responding to this disruption.

Global phenomena such as climate change, ocean acidification, soil erosion, deforestation, species loss, and chemical pollution can be too vast to comprehend. Often we speak about these changes and disruptive forces as problems in abstract or technical terms. We use ‘things’ – objects, performances, stories, images, art – to dramatise the local dimensions of the planetary-scale idea of the Anthropocene.

Visit the online exhibition ‘Everyday Futures’ here.

This project is funded by ARC Discovery Grant ‘Understanding Australia in the Age of Humans: Localizing the Anthropocene’, which brings together researchers, curators, and artists from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia.