Conversation: This Time of Useful Conciousness

Matavai Taulangau, Forestry-Pruning (video still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist

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Curator Melanie Oliver and climate change specialist Dr Ralph Chapman discuss our latest show This Time of Useful Consciousness: Political Ecology Now.

Chapman’s book Time of Useful Consciousness: Acting Urgently on Climate Change inspired the name of the exhibition, and identifies the next 50 years as the crucial time in which to take meaningful action to address climate change.

Chapman was a negotiator of the Kyoto Protocol for the NZ Government, has worked on climate change policy since 1988, and is a frequent writer and speaker on the policy implications of climate change for New Zealand, particularly in the areas of energy, transport, housing and urban policies. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

A screening of the film There Once was an Island by Briar March will follow.

This Time of Useful Consciousness: Political Ecology Now includes a range of artists from Aotearoa New Zealand who are concerned with the environment, climate change and political ecology. From the global supply chains in our agricultural industry to indigenous responses to coastal erosion, these artists are interested in our capitalist and ecological limits.