2021 marks 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this decade Australia and Japan have experienced an increase in extreme environmental events which have impacted on rural and urban ways of life. These events and their relationship to human activity are subject to increasing debate.
Mutable Ecologies considers how innovations in art, design and architecture can interrogate the effects of these changing environmental conditions to offer new insights and awareness of ecological futures. It comprises leading creative practitioners in Australia and Japan delivering a series of online exhibitions, workshops and discussions that explore emerging practices, technologies and interfaces between art, design and architecture to advance global responses to ecological transformations.
The project will connect practitioners, the public and organisations to build on and strengthen existing partnerships to reveal Australia’s strong cultural and economic relationship with Japan and shared values of community engagement, ecological resilience and sustainable futures.
Don’t Follow the Wind
Mutable Ecologies Public Program
Afternoon Tea with suzueri – live performance and Q & A
Thursday, 23 September – 4pm-5pm AEST / 2pm Tokyo
suzueri will prepare a delicious audio-visual recipe and live-tea party with electronic sweets for 'Mutable Ecologies'. suzueri (Elico Suzuki) is a Tokyo based sound artist and improviser. She presents circuitous and restless performances using pianos and found objects combined with self-made instruments. Her recent interests have centred on exploring the gaps and narrative trajectories between the interaction of instruments and their embodiment.
‘BreadBoard Baking’ is an edible electronic circuit cooking and instrument project run by Tokyo based sound artist Elico Suzuki (suzueri), Emiko Kashiwagi (Emirie) and Naomi Kakuda.
'Mutable Ecologies' is presented by RMIT University and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Curated by Kristen Sharp, Philip Samartzis and Andrew Tetzlaff at RMIT University, the public program is presented in partnership with Asialink Arts at The University of Melbourne and supported by CAST Research Group, RMIT University.
Project Partners: Asialink Arts, Musashino Art University, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC].
Banner image credit: Yoichi Kamimura, “Internal Weather" (210217_12:23_UTORO), 2021.