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Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

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Born 1973, Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Lives and works Sydney

Hayden Fowler’s Dark Ecology invites us to consider how our relationship with the natural world is changing, through an increased ability to alter our environment and through the threat of ecological catastrophe.
Visitors can enter the large plastic-covered biodome to view the artificial landscape inside. Over the course of the exhibition the artist and other invited guests occupy the dome intermittently tending and maintaining its delicate ecosystem. Security cameras installed in the dome’s roof are connected to monitors inside the MCA Circular Quay foyer revealing further details of the simulated world to visitors.

The internal environment of the biodome is designed to satisfy human aesthetic preferences for landscape. However, the enclosed ‘overcast’ grey of the plastic shell, humid atmosphere, smells, white noise of the fans and water pumps, dead remnant tree and infused artifice is intended to create an unsettling pathos that shifts between beauty and the apocalyptic.

Hayden Fowler, Dark Ecology artist statement

Hayden Fowler <i>Dark Ecology</i>  2015/2016

Hayden Fowler
Dark Ecology 2015/2016
mixed media, CCTV cameras, 4-channel video, monitor

Courtesy the artist

Curator Anna Davis on Hayden Fowler

The suggestively tenuous survival of life within the dome is intended as a metaphor for much wider environmental concerns. The work is designed to be emotionally evocative and question the audience around the contentious existence and definition of ‘nature’. In doing so it draws on a number of aesthetic and conceptual references including romanticism, science fiction, apocalyptic literature and film narratives, climate change and extinction discourse, the zoo exhibit and utopian yearnings for a ‘return to nature’.

Hayden Fowler, Dark Ecology artist statement