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.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Library Artspace in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 28 November 2013 to Saturday 30 November 2013

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Published by Centre for Creative Arts on Tuesday 26 November 2013.
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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.


Library Artspace, 100 Barkly St, North Fitzroy VIC 3068 ?Entry via Dean St