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July 2019

Room with a point of view (Open House)

27 July @ 10:30 am28 July @ 1:30 pm
The University of Melbourne Parkville, 3010
Free

“You built me up. You changed me. You loved me. You left me. Ultimately, you used me – what else can I call it?” Explore the changing use and disuse of urban and industrial spaces, from the point of view…

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Trash Robot

28 July @ 11:00 am1 September @ 6:00 pm
Yarra River Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

Urban Rivers (USA) Can we game our way to a cleaner world? Take control of our garbage-eating robot either in person or online! Created by Chicago-based collective Urban Rivers, Trash Robot will be trawling Melbourne’s Yarra River collecting rubbish outside of the City’s…

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The Sewer Soaperie

31 July @ 11:00 am3 August @ 9:00 pm
Testing Grounds, 1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

Would you wash your hands with soap made from sewage? Catherine Sarah Young (Philippines) Sewer Soaperie turns raw sewage and fat into luxury soaps. Extreme storms now frequently overwhelm drains, pipes and sewerage systems, causing flooding in major cities. Large lumps of…

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Fatberg (Creating)

31 July @ 11:00 am3 August @ 6:00 pm
Testing Grounds, 1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

Arne Hendriks (Netherlands) & Mike Thompson (United Kingdom) Do we really understand fat? In November 2017, the 130-tonne ‘Monster of Whitechapel’ was ejected from the bowels of east London. This fatberg – a congealed mass of fat, wet wipes and nappies – stretched the…

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Eel Trap – weaving workshops

31 July @ 11:00 am2 August @ 3:00 pm
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street
Footscray, VIC Australia
Free

“Rivers signify tribal boundaries, gatherings for corroboree, life, not only for humans but for all living creatures” – Maree Clarke. Mitch Mahoney & Maree Clarke (Australia) Created by Boon Wurrung artist Mitch Mahoney and Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba artist Maree Clarke, Eel Trap is a…

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August 2019

[email protected]

1 August @ 11:00 am18 August @ 4:00 pm
Macfarland Court, The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia
Free

Janna Ahrndt (United States of America) Will you truthfully track your environmental goals? Like a Fitbit for your ethical performance, [email protected] is a textile-based new media project inspired by punk and DIY culture. Each homemade [email protected] uses self-reporting and environmental sensors…

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Urinotron

1 August @ 11:00 am18 August @ 4:00 pm
Macfarland Court, The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia
Free

Sandra and Gaspard Bébié-Valérian (France) and Professor Peter Scales (Australia) Are you flushing a valuable wee-source? Urinotron is a large-scale installation that takes our organic waste (urine) and transforms it into power for your mobile phone, before recycling it back to pure water. Contribute your urine and then put your feet up as…

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Plastivore

1 August @ 11:00 am18 August @ 4:00 pm
Macfarland Court, The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia
Free

Artist Oliver Kellhammer’s work allows you to watch the mealworms as they dine on polystyrene.   Oliver Kellhammer (United States of America) Do solutions to our recycling crisis exist in nature? Nature is outsmarting us. Solutions to our enormous waste…

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DISPOSABLE

1 August @ 12:00 pm1 September @ 4:00 pm
The University of Melbourne Parkville, 3010
Free

Science Gallery Melbourne’s pop-up program DISPOSABLE will highlight experimental and creative ways to tackle our ever growing excess of waste. DISPOSABLE locations will include The University of Melbourne’s Parkville and Southbank campuses, along with unique sites throughout Melbourne. The lid…

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Testing Grounds – First Friday of the Month

2 August @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Testing Grounds, 1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

Come celebrate the first Friday of the month at Southbank’s Testing Grounds with DISPOSABLE artworks Fatberg and Sewer Soaperie. It’s the first Friday of the month again and Testing Grounds is bringing you installations, exhibition openings and performances, including DISPOSABLE artworks Fatberg by UK artists…

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Jaffle Symposium: Fatbergs & Three Cheese Jaffles

3 August @ 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Testing Grounds, 1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

The Jaffle Symposium is a curated a program of discussions, where interesting people talk about interesting things while making and eating jaffles around the open fire at Testing Grounds. A feast for your stomach, mind, planet and soul. Bringing together art,…

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Fatberg (displayed)

7 August @ 11:00 am6:00 pm
Testing Grounds, 1 City Road
Southbank, VIC Australia
Free

Do we really understand fat? Artists Arne Hendriks and Mike Thompson invite you to join them at Testing Grounds to build Australia’s first purpose-built island of fat, and to ask – What is fat? What does it want? What is…

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Sh*t Happens Poetry Slam

8 August @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Free

For so long, our own waste has been a topic of embarrassment and shame. But we need to break down the taboo of poo! SH*T HAPPENS will see poets and scientists come together to celebrate our sewage, bringing excitement to…

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Recipe for Disaster

15 August @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm
South Lawn Carpark, The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia
$10

Do you take food for granted? Recipe for Disaster, an interactive performative dinner experiment in the iconic ‘Mad Max’ South Lawn Car Park, which will compel you to consider this question closely. Food has the capacity to bring us together.…

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Hugh Williamson Lecture: Michael Pinsky

20 August @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Federation Hall, Theatre 205, 7-17 Grant Street #5
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
Free

Buy less, bin less: the culture of consuming Things are cheap. Space is expensive. Large private art galleries exhibiting a few select artworks epitomise the contemporary expression of wealth. However, behind this minimalism lies a world of waste. Michael Pinsky envisions his art as…

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Sci Fight Science Comedy Debate

21 August @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street
Brunswick, VIC Australia

Humans are worth saving...? Sci Fight Science Comedy Debate is partnering with Science Gallery Melbourne to ask the question, are we a disposable species? The 20th century has seen humanity’s focused dedication on the creation of inbuilt obsolescence, of single use everything, why…

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Pollution Pods

22 August @ 7:00 pm1 September @ 7:00 pm
Treasury Gardens, 2-18 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC Australia
Free

Michael Pinsky’s interactive and eye-opening artwork, enables audiences to experience differing air qualities amongst the world’s least and most polluted cities. How clean is our air? Experience some of the most polluted cities in the world from the safety of…

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Eel Trap – Outdoor Installation

23 August @ 9:00 am31 August @ 5:00 pm
Maribyrnong River, 45 Moreland Street
Footscray, VIC Australia
Free

“Rivers signify tribal boundaries, gatherings for corroboree, life, not only for humans but for all living creatures” – Maree Clarke. Created by Boon Wurrung artist Mitch Mahoney and Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba artist Maree Clarke, Eel Trap is a 10-metre installation made of biodegradable reeds…

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Are you taking the piss?

28 August @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Forum Theatre, University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010 Australia
Free

Join a brilliant panel who won’t shy away from the yuck-factor to find innovative solutions to our over consumption of… everything. Would you break the law to save the world? We’re living in a world of finite resources, yet there are…

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September 2019

Walrus of Peace

19 September @ 9:00 am10 October @ 9:00 pm
Dudley House, 60 View Street
Bendigo, VIC Australia
Free

Is ochre the new spray paint? Walrus of Peace investigates a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, recyclable, alternative set of materials for temporary street art installations. Bendigo Artists Inc (Australia)     Street art is a popular form of creative expression, but…

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