The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities

  Trisha Carrol & Mandy Martin.  Ochres and binder on paper, 30 x 80cms

Mandy's next international event in Madison USA, presenting at:

The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities

November 8-10 2014

The Goanna, Varanus Varius, is the totem of Wiradjuri artist, Trisha Carroll and this work that we painted together tells the story of our valley and the waves of Anthropogenic extinction that have occurred from her ancestors who practised fire burning and continued as second settlers brought cattle and mining 200 years ago. It will continue, if we do not modify our rapacious demands on landscapes until the river dries up, the earth is fully depleted and the local ecosystems destroyed. Current plans are to flood this valley to drought proof the region and provide water for irrigation and the mining industry. It will give me water views from my studio and submerge Trisha’s house. How our government can contemplate building the first dam to be approved in four decades, in this rapidly escalating period of climate change is, mind boggling.

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Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater sculpture "Anthropocene." Photograph by Jason deCaires Taylor.

The Anthropocene: The Promise and Pitfalls of an Epochal Idea

What would it mean to imagine Homo sapiens as not merely a historical but a geological actor, a force of such magnitude that our impacts are being written into the fossil record? What would it mean to acknowledge that, for the first time in Earth’s history, a sentient species, our own, has shaken Earth’s life systems with a profundity that paleontologistAnthony Barnosky has likened to an asteroid strike? How might that perceptual shift disturb widespread assumptions about human history, ethics, power, and responsibility? Click here to read on