The concept for Zombie seeks to concentrate on Craft Victoria’s celebration of innovation within craft practices. Artistic expression can perform as a social pioneer to elicit a change of perceptions and attitudes towards issues of cultural importance within a community. Reflected within current political spheres, economic investments and greater industry, the desire to reduce human impact on our surrounding environment is becoming increasingly prevalent. Echoing this climate justice movement, our proposed exhibition will involve independent and collaborative pieces, not only accentuating this already well-known cause to our audience, but also offering hope and solution to the ecological catastrophe we all face.
We aim to mirror both global and localised difficulty in managing and reducing landfills, specifically exploring how we may manipulate the destructive consequences of an untenable wasteful system to create new ecologies where matter is vibrant. Matter and rubbish that we deem to be superfluous from future use is then categorized as either dead, undead, or alive. Our primary attention will be on perceived undead substances as they contribute the most to landfill. Hopefully, through this material exploration, we can create change in others. Through the use of these abandoned found materials, once seen as waste, the show serves to illuminate the question of how we may create new objects from these undead substances.
Presented by Madeleine Minack & Arthur Dimitriou at CAVES
Aaron Christopher Rees