Eco-Anxiety – Holding a Deep Breath
September 22 – November 4, 2017
Eco-Anxiety presents contemporary Japanese and Australian artists and designers responding to the changing environment, to reflect the rising tide of shared (eco) anxiety, and ecological empathy, in the Anthropocene.
The Australian landscape serves as a sounding board and metaphor of internalised anxiety in works by Ken and Julia Yonetani, and Hiromi Tango, channelling an empathic dialogue of breath between plants, humans, and landscape.
A design response reflecting a societal concern for environmental emergency, Kosuke Tsumura’s FINAL HOME garments encapsulate ideas of ‘prepping’ as catalogues of personal identity for survival. Described as ‘philosophical fashion’, the garments can be pocketed with an evacuee’s unique inventory: from food and ID documents, to soft toys and precious mementos.
Drawing on butoh references, performance artist Yumi Umiumare’s AnxieaTEA Pop Up Tearoom invites contemplative audience engagements exploring eco-anxiety. Butoh’s awareness of human suffering and existential meaningless resonates in Umiumare’s tearoom, where the calming exchange over tea stirs deep thoughts.
Eco-Anxiety is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney as part of The Big Anxiety festival.
Banner image: Hiromi Tango, Insanity Magnet #4, 2009 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.
Closed *Saturday (Oct 21), Sundays and public holidays (Oct 2)
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
September 22, 2017 (Friday)
Features Yumi Umiumare’s AnxieTEA interactive performance.
Free; bookings not necessary.
AnxieTEA: PopUp Tearoom Series
By Yumi Umiumare
September 23, 2017 (Saturday)
Central Park, Chippendale Green
BodyWeather and Butoh
With choreographer Tess de Quincey
September 30, 2017 (Saturday)
(02) 8239 0055