EXIT - Globalisation, Climate Change, and Art
Free Public Lecture
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Seminar presented by the School of Geography, with the Ian Potter Museum of Art and CLIMARTE.
Globalization has always been contested. Its economic and cultural transformations have been promoted and welcomed by some, its incursions bitterly resisted by others. Meanwhile, the pace of globalization is accelerating. Its instabilities and impacts are intensifying. We are leaving one world behind and entering others.
How can we think about the interwoven drivers of exit and entry? How best to represent, understand and respond to them? Can art play a role here?
In a time of increasing anxiety about globalisation and its impacts, the installation EXIT at the Ian Potter Museum of Art provides a vibrant representation of some of the processes which link us, sometimes inextricably, planet-wide.
In an immersive 360-degree projection, EXIT visualises global human migratory trends associated with increasing urbanisation, economic displacement, political disruption, climate change, and natural disasters. Data gathered from over one hundred sources are presented visually by a panoramic video projection of a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the exhibition space.
Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, EXIT is based on an idea by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio. It was created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith.
Showing at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, at the University of Melbourne, EXIT is the central feature of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival, which runs from April 19 until May 14 across Melbourne.
On Wednesday 26 April, a panel of experts will discuss EXIT and the provocative issues it raises:
Erika Feller - Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Melbourne, on Refugees and forced displacement;
Professor Brendan Gleeson - Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, on Population shifts and the growth of cities;
Professor Lesley Head - School of Geography, on Natural Disasters and their impacts;
Dr Celia McMichael - School of Geography, on Climate change, rising seas, displacement;
Professor Andrew Walter - Melbourne School of Government, on Global funding flows and remittances.
You are urged to see EXIT before attending this event.
IMAGE: EXIT 2008-2015 - View of the installation EXIT
Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Stewart Smith. Photo © Luc Boegly
Professor Andrew Walter, Interim Director
Professor Andrew Walter
Melbourne School of Government
Andrew Walter is the Interim Director of Melbourne School of Government. Andrew specialises in International Political Economy and joined The University of Melbourne as Professor of International Relations in 2012. His previous academic posts were at Oxford University and most recently at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was also academic director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program. He has been a visiting professor at universities across the globe, including Canada, Japan and America. Andrew sits on the editorial board of the *Review of International Studies*, the journal of the British International Studies Association. He has coauthored and published many titles including *East Asian Capitalism: Diversity, Change & Continuity, Analysing the Global Political Economy, Governing Finance: East Asia's Adoption of International Standards*, and *China, the United States and Global Order*.
Dr Celia McMichael, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Dr Celia McMichael
School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Celia McMichael is a Lecturer in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. She teaches subjects including 'Cells to Societies' and 'Health Geography'. Celia conducts research focused on health geography, international health, migrant and refugee health, and climate changerelated migration and displacement. She has worked in Nepal, Fiji, Angola, Peru and Sri Lanka. Celia is currently working on research projects focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change in ruralpoor communities (Nepal and Philippines) in collaboration with Australian Red Cross, refugee resettlement in Australia, and climate change related migration and relocation in Fiji. Celia has experience in academic research, applied research consultancies and work in the international development sector (with World Health Organisation, Health Organisations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NonGovernment Organisations and United Nation agencies).
Professor Lesley Head, Head
Professor Lesley Head
School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Lesley’s research fascination is humanenvironment relations, both conceptual and material. That is, Lesley seeks to understand how humans have physically changed earth’s systems, how we think about our place in nature, and how these two things are connected. Lesley has a particular focus on humans and plants. In recent years Lesley has worked mostly in cultural geography, with projects on backyard gardens, wheat and invasive plants. This developed from her earlier interest in Aboriginal land use, ethnobotany and fire. Lesley started her research career using palaeoecology and archaeology to study long term changes in the Australian landscape, and the interactions of prehistoric peoples with their environments.
Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director
Professor Brendan Gleeson
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Brendan Gleeson is a Professor of Urban Policy Studies and the Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He was previously Director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Professor Gleeson is the author/editor of 11 books including *Lifeboat Cities* (2010) and *Australian heartlands: making space for hope in the suburbs* (2006) the publication of which followed him receiving the inaugural John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (Allen & Unwin Publishers). Brendan has also published over 65 journal articles and 39 book chapters, as well as numerous conferences, review, research reports, media and popular publications. He is a frequent contributor to *Griffith REVIEW*. His most recent essay, *Collins St, 3pm: The end of the line*, is published in *Griffith REVIEW 41: Now We Are Ten*.
Ms Erika Feller, Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Ms Erika Feller
Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Melbourne School of Government
From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Ms Feller served both in Geneva and in the field. She was the initiator and manager of the 20012 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global "road map" on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Most recently she has taken up an appointment as Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne.