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Amy Balkin: Public Smog

11-04-2015 - 10-05-2015

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5pm

Amy Balkin is an American artist whose practice investigates the geo-political and legal structures that define and claim the land and sky. Interested in the evolving issues around climate change politics, Balkin’s process-oriented work includes the purchasing of land and the atmosphere, the creation of websites, photographs and videos, and the presentation of public talks. As part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015, and in conjunction with the exhibition Nature/Revelation, the Potter will present Balkin’s ongoing project Public Smog, which seeks to create a park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale.

A key aspect of the project has been the attempt to have the Earth’s atmosphere listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. An activist-style and socially engaged work, Public Smog will consist of a major billboard; a letter inviting Australia’s representative at the United Nations to join forces with other nation states to have the world’s atmosphere listed on the World Heritage List; and thousands of postcards to be completed by the audience and posted to the UN and Governments to support the initiative. Amy Balkin has exhibited widely including recently at dOCUMENTA (13).




Getting there:
Train Stop: Melbourne Central then Tram
Tram Stop: Melbourne University
Bike route: Yes!
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 Map reference: 7


Ian Potter Museum of Art at the Melbourne School of Design
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