Culture at Work Art+Science Residency – Adam Sebire



Throughout my Masters (Sydney College of the Arts, 2011-14) my research focussed on anthropogenic climate change. One of my themes is the challenges that the ‘unseen’ causes & effects of climate change pose for a society which emphasises ‘seeing is believing’.

The thermographic image reveals to us digitally what cannot be seen with the naked eye: heat. Thermal imagery also anonymises a person’s identity. With such a camera I propose to interview climate science university students talking about their emotional relationship to the scientific facts. Not only are climate scientists usually bound by certain modes of scientific discourse, they are also sometimes targets of intimidation by those who would rather not hear what they have to say. The thermographic imagery will ‘cloak’ their identity, their physical vulnerability (I hope to persuade them to be thermographically-imaged naked, referencing Early Renaissance diptych portraits), and it will also mask the ‘exposure’ they may feel from speaking on a personal, emotional level about rational, empirical scientific concepts.

I will produce a HD documentary video diptych or triptych, based on Early Renaissance winged altarpieces, and perhaps stills, initially for exhibition at Culture at Work*, and then beyond.