Climate change tackled head on with Mapped GC 2040

Climate change is an issue that we all face and one which deserves greater attention. It may not be a problem that will affect us in the short term but the long term ramifications will be felt by generations to follow.

It is a subject which has the potential to divide opinion in relation to how to combat the growing crisis, but the one undisputable fact is people need to be made aware that the problem exists and equally as important they need to be provided with an outlet and avenue to discuss and dismantle the potential pitfalls in an open forum.

Local artist Salvadore Cantellano will be providing this forum on 10 December, presenting a live discussion as part of the Home series at HOTA called Mapped GC 2040.

Originally conceived as a documentary project, Mapped GC 2040 has now been expanded into a live performance and visual experience using discarded objects and a combination of storytelling, video, projections, Indigenous perspectives, open forum and reflections.

“Mapped GC 2040 is a creative response to climate change,” he explained, “That means it is a creative experiment; it is a social experiment; and it is an invitation for local artists, creatives, change agents and myself to all collaborate in a process of storytelling in responding to lived experiences.”

It is not designed to be a propaganda tool, nor a means by which to lay blame. Instead, the overall theme is one of communities coming together to face a common problem and hopefully providing those who participate a chance to hear and be heard.

“I was doing some work with some friends of mine who are local designers,” Salvadore said. “They do strategic design and have a technique called cognitive mapping where they bring people together to create conversations around problems and issues that can’t be resolved by one person. It inspired me to think about climate change and what are the conversations that we’re having or not having, and as a filmmaker I felt like there was a place for creativity in the conversation.”

The evening will be split into two sessions, each outlining different approaches to climate change and each carrying equal importance.

“The first half is about the creative responses,” Salvadore said. “It is about capturing live storytelling with experimental video projection mapping which is an art practice that I’ve been working with lately where I use one projector to project onto multiple surfaces. The surfaces themselves are discarded objects and I try and arrange them in a way that expresses my concerns around climate change and normally that tends to look like the aftermath of a disaster. An important component for this project is for us to hear from local Indigenous voices as well. We’ve got three artists; three creatives who are First Nations people to come and respond to this as part of the live storytelling.

In the second half of the show, the audience will be guided through an interactive digital mapping experience facilitated through Q&A by Tristan Schultz (Relative Creative). Together we will track local knowledge from the audience as they get to respond to evidence of climate change and the local stories they have just witnessed.”

While the focus of the night is on awareness and discussion, Salvadore stresses there are a couple of key factors he hopes people take out of the experience.

“There’s probably two outcomes that I would hope to achieve,” he said. “One is that people feel hopeful and confident to have the everyday conversations about climate change with people that they might not be having conversations with already, and secondly I hope that people feel like they are supported. The Gold Coast is a place where there is a lot of action, a lot of conversation, and a lot of movement on dealing with climate change, and those two things combined I’m hoping can create community resilience or give it a sense of community resilience.”

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