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Nature in the dark – a world where art and science meet
What do animals do at night when they believe they are not being watched?
Nature in the Dark is a series of artistic video projects exploring the hidden world of the animals of Wombat State Forest and Bunyip State Park as never seen before on the big screen at Federation Square.

The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) have developed an extraordinary exhibition that will be screened from 23 November until 22 December 2012

The Centre for Creative Arts has brought ten artists together to work on the same photographic material the VNPA is gathering for the Caught On Camera project to profile mammalian response to fire or the absence of fire.

While scientists interpret the images for research purposes, for the artists participating in the project, the images provoke the important question: How can we relate to something we do not fully understand?

The images of animals from bandicoots, antechinus, wallabies and wombats to goats, cats and foxes are at once informative and beguiling, amusing and evocative.

The project was initiated by Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier from the Centre for Creative Arts, and co-curated by Jan and Maria Miranda. It is supported by Federation Square.

Participating artists:
Angie Black / Elizabeth Dunn / Siri Hayes / Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier and Renuka Rajiv and Scott Lewis / Tim Nohe / Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski / Steve Turpie

Opening Event
6:00-8:30pm, Wednesday 21 November 2012
North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensbury Street, North Melbourne

The event will be launched with a Keynote addresse by Professor Freya Mathews, environmental philosopher, La Trobe University

MC for the night is Professor Norie Neumark Director, Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University

This will be followed by a panel discussion with participation from Matt Ruchel (VNPA), Professor Michael Clarke (Zoology, La Trobe University) Angharad Wynne-Jones (Tipping Point Australia), moderated by Brent Clough (ABC Radio National)

Free entry and catering
Booking required: www.natureinthedark.vnpa.org.au 

Or call VNPA during office hours: 03 9341 6519

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