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CoalFace

Norie Neumark and Maria Miranda

28th - 30th November
Opening night: Thursday 28th November 6:30-8:30pm
3 days only!!!

Venue: Library Artspace, 100 Barkly St, North Fitzroy VIC 3068 
Entry via Dean St
Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm. 

Website: http://thelibraryartspace.blogspot

During their month-long residency Norie and Maria come face-to-face with coal in a slow and meditative process of looking, listening and waiting to see what unfolds. Coal is a material that we are most familiar with in its transformed state – pollution. Yet coal is a fascinating, porous and diversiform material, itself transformed from ancient rain forests that covered vast areas of the world, particularly the east coast of Australia.

In December 2012, while on a residency in Beijing we experienced very thick and frightening air pollution, a pea-souper. Overlooking our usual attention to daily weather reports, we fixated on the Air Quality Index or AQI. This little app on our smart phones told us what sort of air to expect each day, and this would determine what we would do, in fact if we would venture outside or not. The AQI swung wildly during the 21 days of our residency from 178 to over 400. At the same time the Melbourne AQI was 14. We discovered that the particulate PM2.5 that we experienced in Beijing was more than likely Australian coal, exported to China.

project website: http://coalfaces.tumblr.com
artists' website: http://www.out-of-sync.com

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