Sydney exhibition: Try This At Home

September 16, 2011

Object and NIEA collaborate in an exhibition exploring ideas of community engagement, and the role of art and design in effecting sustainable urban transformations.

Object Gallery in Sydney is partnering with the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) UNSW to produce the exhibition, Try This At Home.

Object’s Project Space will be transformed into a cosy yet unusual lounge room, inviting visitors to consider the way in which we are each designing the future in our everyday actions.

The exhibition will feature contributions from *CO2penhagen* (Denmark), *Haque: Design + Research* (UK), *Magnificent Revolution Australia*, *Makeshift* (Australia) and the *Slow Art Collective* (Australia), with examples of adaptive practice: where existing resource use is redirected for more sustainable outcomes.

Contributions made by visitors will help the exhibition perform the ways in which the urban contexts of our homes support or hinder our attempts to live sustainably, identifying opportunities for positive change to the social and structural fabric of our city. The exhibition will unfold into the public space around Object, and to spaces chosen by viewers, supported by the exhibition’s ["online presence":http://www.object.com.au/].

Slow Art Collective will present an installation made by domestic refuse and document the individuals who collect and repurpose discarded items. Magnificent Revolution Australia will create a bike-operated home cinema that visitors pedal to a video that tells the story of the world’s first carbon-neutral festival, CO2penhagen, while Makeshift’s project 6 Jars will create a social model of food exchange.

Haque: Design + Research, meanwhile, will create a network of carbon-sinking plants, with planter pots connected to an appliance. Users can check online to see if there is enough energy in the network. If there is, they may proceed with a clear conscience. If not, they face a choice: do they go ahead anyway and risk another planter box receiving a fatal shot of vinegar?

The exhibition is the first in the Australian Research Council-funded Curating Cities research project, which examines how art and design can bring about sustainable urban transformations. The show aims to explore methods of community engagement and participation, with the results informing the format of future exhibitions.

*Where* Object Gallery, 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
*When* 8 October 2011 until 8 January 2012

*Image* Haque: Design + Research, Natural Fuse


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