On Fire: Climate and Crisis book launch | Architecture and Design in the Pyrocene panel discussion


20 Mar 2021

3 pm – 5 pm (AEST)

Ground Floor
Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4000
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This is a free event. Registrations are essential.


Join On Fire: Climate and Crisis curator and editor Tim Riley Walsh to celebrate the launch of the accompanying publication followed by panel discussion Architecture and Design in the Pyrocene.

Publication On Fire: Climate and Crisis features newly commissioned texts from Amelia Barikin, Shannon Brett, Chari Larsson, Kevin O’Brien, Rachel O’Reilly, and Riley Walsh. Contextualising the exhibition and the work of its fifteen featured artists, this publication looks to the past, present, and future via colonialism’s legacies, fire’s cultural relativity, and art’s insights in a troubled era.

Panel discussion Architecture and Design in the Pyrocene will reflect on the emergence of what fire historian Stephen Pyne calls the Pyrocene – the fire equivalent of an ice age, evidenced by 2019–20’s Black Summer – Queensland architecture and design face this critical moment. How should buildings function and act in an era defined by overlapping crises? This discussion calls into question the colonial legacy of permanent settlement in the present, in a moral, legal, and practical sense, particularly as an increasingly volatile environment emphasises a need for impermanent and decolonised modes of living.

Join transdisciplinary design academic Liz Brogden, art historian Andrew McNamara, architect/academic Kevin O’Brien, and panel host Susan Best, to discuss: should our future buildings and cities be fire-resistant, -resilient, or -accepting?

Submit your questions for the panellists prior to the event via ima@ima.org.au


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