Is it just us, or is it getting hot in here? Yes, the aircons have been on crank mode for the past few weeks here in Adelaide, but a bunch of local artists have teamed up to ask this question on a more worldly scale.
Global warming is the term used to describe the earths rising temperature due to industrialisation and human activity. While the earths temperature has always fluctuated, it has risen unusually fast in the past decade, leaving scientists questioning what this may mean for the future of our natural world, as well as humanity. You don't have to be a scientist to envision the amount of destruction that melting icecaps. rising sea levels and animals disappearing into extinction would result in, but the fact is that these things are already happening — and there are organisations that don't want you to know about it. 'It's Getting Hot In Here,' an exhibition organised by local artist, Azzurro, that aims to shine light on this intense topic and to encourage conversation and action surrounding climate change.
Known for his psychedelic style and eye-catching murals, Azzurro is well respected on the Adelaide art scene, and has now used this platform to voice his opinions about global warming, an issue that he believes has been misrepresented by organisations and public figures. 'It's time to take the microphone away from stupid people with stupid opinions,' he says.
While he organised and hosted the event, Azzurro was not the only artist to get involved. The exhibition includes over 80 artworks from 35 different artists. Covering 3 floors at Raj House in Hyde Street, the exhibition was not only impressive, but also thought-provoking, with live demonstrations and installations each offering a fresh argument towards their common goal. An interactive live art demonstration by artist Ashley Hart aimed to signifiy the impact of rising sea levels as well as the politicians who fail to take preventative steps or even acknowledge the issue.
The exhibition opened on Friday 10th February and included demonstrations and talks from those in-the-know about global warming. Guest speakers included former senator Robert Simms, marine ecologist Rene Campbell and poet Satori. Powerful words and hard facts contributed to the overwhelming argument that the earths rising temperatures is something we all should be very, very concerned about, and exposed those in power who refuse to acknowledge this, for reasons that can only be put down to extreme greed. This, along with the high quality and diversity of work on display, makes the exhibition something worth losing your cool over. Go and see it — you've got until the 24th Feb.