Dark Skies Ahead
Curated by Jenn Garland. Exhibiting artists: Angela Garrick, Kynan Tan, Devon Ward, Kira O’Reilly, Jennifer Willet, Nathan John Thompson and Amy Perejuan-Capone.
Written in the ‘year without a summer’ of 1816, Frankenstein was a product of extreme weather across the globe due to volcanic winter following the Mount Tambora eruption. This brief period of climate change triggered devastating worldwide harvest failures and provided fertile ground for speculative and gothic fiction.
Two hundred years later, as dark clouds gather on the horizon, what can we draw from Mary Shelley’s cautionary tale of unnatural life born of human hubris and unrestricted techno-science? Dark Skies Ahead explores science as a contestable power field which offers shelter from the forecasted storm while hastening its arrival and fuelling its intensity. Local and international artists present works which consider ecological futures, spatial and atmospheric perceptions and the dual potential of science.
Image: Angela Garrick, Weather Vent, 2015. Photo by Document Photography.
Dark Skies Ahead is part of Unhallowed Arts, a collection of art events presented by SymbioticA throughout September-November – timed to celebrate the bicentenary of Mary (Godwin) Shelley’s Frankenstein and explore the book’s influence on contemporary life and culture.