Try This At Home - A Curating Cities Project

Object is excited to be working in partnership with the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW to bring you Try This At Home in October.

Art Exhibition previously on at Object Gallery (Closed - see Australian Design Centre) in Sydney precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 08 October 2011 to Sunday 08 January 2012

Makeshift, Lemonade Stand image Haque: Design + Research, Natural Fuse   image Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe, Making Time  image Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe, Make-do Garden City  image

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Project Space will be transformed into a cosy yet unusual lounge room which invites audiences to consider the way in which we are each designing the future in our everyday actions. In the products we choose and the resource use patterns of our daily life, we confront the notion that the key material we are designing with is time itself.

Artists, designers and collectives including CO2penhagen (Denmark), Haque: Design + Research (UK), Magnificent Revolution Australia, Makeshift (Australia), and the Slow Art Collective (Australia) present examples of adaptive practice, in which existing resource use is redirected for more sustainable outcomes.

From 8 October Try This At Home will unfold in to public space surrounding Object, and to spaces of the viewer’s own choosing, supported by the exhibition’s online presence:

With the help of viewers’ contributions to this site, the exhibition will perform the ways in which the urban contexts of our homes support or hinder our attempts to live sustainably, identifying opportunities for positive changes to the social and structural fabric of our city.

In Natural Fuse by Haque: Design + Research, carbon-sinking plants are networked into an analogy for climate change. Viewers may borrow a Natural Fuse unit comprising a planter box and appliance to use in their own homes. Before they use the appliance, they need to check online to see if there is enough energy in the network. If there is, they may proceed with a clear conscience. If not, they face a choice: do they go ahead anyway and risk another planter box receiving a fatal shot of vinegar?

Utilising abandoned objects left by local residents for council pick-up, the Slow Art Collective present an installation made from household refuse and document the hidden world of fellow jumble scouts, who collect and repurpose these discarded items.

Viewers earn their television privileges by pedalling Magnificent Revolution Australia’s bike-operated home cinema, to see the story of the world’s first carbon neutral festival CO2penhagen and can later participate in a bike-power workshop.

Makeshift bring a new social practice to Surry Hills and Darlinghurst with 6 Jars, forming a collective that exchanges home-made food.

Try This At Home is the first exhibition in the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded five-year Curating Cities research project, investigating how art and design can effect sustainable urban transformations. Within this research project, the role of Try This At Home is to explore methods of community engagement and participation, with the results to inform future exhibitions.

Try This At Home is an Associated Event of Art & About Sydney 2011, produced by City of Sydney. It is held in conjunction with Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen at Customs House 17-24 November 2011.