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_Foundations_2100_

Hosted by: Roe Street

Commissioned for the City of Perth’s TRANSART: TRANSITION 2017 public art program, _Foundations_2100_ is a conceptual seawall and sound artwork that acts as a public memorial to the year 2100.

This thought-provoking installation by Devon Ward and Kynan Tan is influenced by scientific studies that predict Perth’s riverfronts and beaches will flood and disappear by 2100.

_Foundations_2100_ is a conceptual seawall that acts as a public memorial to the year 2100, a time when Perth’s riverfront is expected to flood.

According to climate models created by Geoscience Australia, by the year 2100 sea levels could rise high enough to completely flood Perth’s foreshore, including Elizabeth Quay, Langley Park, Terrace Road and portions of Adelaide Terrace. While this model may or may not come to pass, _Foundations_2100_ uses it as fodder to create an absurd installation that intervenes on the daily activity Perth’s citizenry and draws attention to events that may occur after our lifetime.

_Foundations_2100_ is a sound installation that emulates the meta-architecture of a seawal. Typically, seawall construction requires an exterior timber frame for pouring concrete,
and the concrete itself, which ultimately becomes the seawall. However, _Foundations_2100_ only consists of an exterior timber frame that the public can meander along while listening to a sound composition based on wave data collected from weather buoys in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The result will be a symbolic seawall that exists in the negative; it will be a surprising space–a passageway that hums with low bass tones and invites the public to momentarily break with the present and consider the future of Perth, a place impacted by changing weather and climate.

_Foundations_2100_ appropriates the aesthetics of construction to create a public dialogue with contemporary political issues, locally and internationally. One of Perth’s most dominant contemporary aesthetics is construction work: cranes throughout the skyline at Elizabeth Quay, steel support structures climbing upward near the Horseshoe Bridge, and scaffolds along Beaufort, Barrack and Wellington Streets. This project taps into the zeitgeist of Perth’s construction aesthetics and acts as a provocation, asking what kind of future does Perth want to build? At the same time, _Foundations_2100_ appropriates the aesthetics of wall-building and attempts to subvert the xenophobic sentiment that drives them; _Foundations_2100_ using a symbolic seawall to focus public attention on rising sea levels and the future implications of climate change.

If there was ever a reason to build a wall, it should be to stem the literal flow of tides, not to keep out refugees. By drawing on contemporary local and international construction aesthetics, _Foundations_2100_ offers the Perth public a space where they can contemplate their own desires for the future.

_Foundations_2100_ is an extension of Ward and Tan’s collaborative practice.

Event details

Date: Sat 01 Jul 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm

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  • July 2017
    • Date: Sun 02 Jul 2017 - Sat 26 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Mon 03 Jul 2017 - Sun 27 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Tue 04 Jul 2017 - Mon 28 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Wed 05 Jul 2017 - Tue 29 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Thu 06 Jul 2017 - Wed 30 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Fri 07 Jul 2017 - Thu 31 Aug 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sat 08 Jul 2017 - Fri 01 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sun 09 Jul 2017 - Sat 02 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Mon 10 Jul 2017 - Sun 03 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017 - Mon 04 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Wed 12 Jul 2017 - Tue 05 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Thu 13 Jul 2017 - Wed 06 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Fri 14 Jul 2017 - Thu 07 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017 - Fri 08 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017 - Sat 09 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017 - Sun 10 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017 - Mon 11 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Wed 19 Jul 2017 - Tue 12 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Thu 20 Jul 2017 - Wed 13 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Fri 21 Jul 2017 - Thu 14 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sat 22 Jul 2017 - Fri 15 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sun 23 Jul 2017 - Sat 16 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017 - Sun 17 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017 - Mon 18 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Wed 26 Jul 2017 - Tue 19 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017 - Wed 20 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Fri 28 Jul 2017 - Thu 21 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017 - Fri 22 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Sun 30 Jul 2017 - Sat 23 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm
    • Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017 - Sun 24 Sep 2017
      Time: 12:15am - 11:45pm

Price: Free

Location: Perth

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