Event Name CURRENT
Start Date 12 Nov 2015
End Date 13 Dec 2015
Duration 32 days

Bringing together a mix of disciplines including sound art, video art and photography to focus on the Kiewa Hydro Scheme CURRENT draws out themes of environmental sustainability, environmental art, sonic and spatial practice, and soundscape ecology.

Curated by Philip Samartzis and Madelynne Cornish CURRENT features leading national and international artists exploring issues of environmental sustainability in innovative ways using a range of audio, audio-visual and photographic methods to describe the industrialised landscape of the Bogong High Plains and Kiewa Valley.

Current exhibition image - Michael Vorfeld Light Bulb Music

The Australian Alps produces 80% of Australia's fresh water supply yet only comprises 1% of its landmass. While the bulk of it is designated as a national park, the Australian Alps are also the site of quite complex industrial and commercial enterprises, including alpine resorts and hydroelectric power schemes. Hydroelectricity is posited as a sustainable source of renewable energy. Through massive earthworks and complex technical infrastructure, pressurised water is mobilised to generate the electricity required to power the everyday spaces that we inhabit.

The range of infrastructure used to exploit the gravitational force of falling or flowing water, including turbines, pumps, sub stations, dams and aqueducts and the manner in which they inhabit the natural environment, provides a rich source for investigation for a wide range of artists.

The relationship between the natural and constructed environment used to collect and exploit this water supply is quite complex and variegated, providing a compelling subject for consideration, given the current discourse surrounding sustainable methods of energy production.