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The Canary Project: Works on Climate Change 2006-2009



Lecture: "33 Provocations on Climate Change"
Lecture by Edward Morris and Susannah Sayler
September 4, 2009 (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
Location: RadioTV 251

Performance: "Focus Softens Circles"
Performance by Joshua Kit Clayton
September 4, 2009 (7:00 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Reception: Opening Reception
September 4, 2009 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Lecture: "Welcoming the Wild"
Lecture by Fritz Haeg
September 18, 2009 (5:30 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: FA 015

Reception: Reception for Welcoming the Wild
September 18, 2009 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Lecture: "Art, the Anthropocene, and Global Change"
Lecture by William L. Fox
October 2, 2009 (5:30 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: Woodburn Hall 101

Reception: Reception for Art, the Anthropocene, and Global Change
October 2, 2009 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University is proud to present a new exhibition by The Canary Project titled The Canary Project: Works on Climate Change 2006-2009. This exhibition will open Friday, September 4 and continue through Friday, October 9, 2009. Canary Project co-founders Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris will give a lecture about their work Friday, September 4 at 5:30 in Radio/TV 251. The Opening Reception will follow, Friday, September 4, 7:00-9:00pm, featuring a performance by artist Joshua Kit Clayton in the SoFA Gallery. On Friday, September18th at 5:30 in FA 015 artist Fritz Haeg will give a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition, with a reception to follow in the SoFA Gallery. Finally, renowned writer William L. Fox will present a lecture on Friday, October 2 at 5:30 in Woodburn Hall 101. All events are free and open to the public.

Renowned as innovators in the field of interdisciplinary and activist art, The Canary Project produces visual media and artworks about the single issue of climate change. This exhibit brings together works by more than a dozen Canary Project artists, including Sayler and Morris. Collectively these works explore ways in which the prospect of catastrophic climate change challenges the limits of human comprehension and agency. The exhibition posits that these challenges can be a source of inspiration, melancholic beauty, engagement or defeat.

In the west gallery will be a new installation by Sayler/Morris that juxtaposes objects selected from various collections at Indiana University, with Sayler’s large-scale photographs of landscapes where, according to scientists, impacts of climate change are evident. The interlacing of archival objects and recent photographs represents an extreme collapsing of time and a suggestion of what is at stake in this present moment. Objects on view include material from collections at the Mathers Museum, the Biology Department, the Lilly Library and the Deem Herbarium, all at Indiana University.

Other work employed in this exhibit includes an installation by Sayler/Morris titled Quartet for the End of Time that uses poker as a metaphor for negotiation and decision-making; a gallery intervention by Joshua Kit Clayton that will involve conversations with gallery viewers and planned focus groups; Green Patriot posters by Michael Bierut, Nancy Skolos, village and others arranged in a giant collage by Diego Guitterez; and an inaugural Canary Stories audio piece by Amanda Burr. Several past Canary Project collaborations will also be employed including: an installation by Joshua Kit Clayton titled Moment; video and installation by Jon Santos titled Sublimation of Ice; Increase Your Albedo! dresses by Annie Murdock; and HighWaterLine, a documentation of a performance/intervention by Eve Mosher. Frits Haeg, creator of Edible Estates will give a lecture titled “Welcoming the Wild” where he will talk about various editions of gardens in fourteen locations and will detail the strategies for weaving wild activities into our existing cities.