David Stephenson & Martin Walch: The Derwent Project - Art Collector

David Stephenson & Martin Walch, The Derwent Project, HD video, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and MARS Gallery, Windsor
  The Derwent Project is a collaboration between artists David Stephenson and Martin Walch, working with Hydro Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; it visualises in new ways the natural and cultural history of Tasmania's Derwent River watershed. The Derwent is a technologically altered water system of beauty and fascination that encompasses a remarkable range of environments; it arises within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and passes through ten hydroelectric developments before meeting the sea at Hobart.

The entire watershed is fractal in structure and complex: it is rich in natural and cultural history, with in situ artefacts that provide information from the Aboriginal period back to more than 30,000 years ago, and from colonial settlement up to 200 years, along with structures in the environment such as dams, power stations, suburbs, and factories that provide information about the industrial period up to the present. The aim of the Derwent project is to create new aesthetic models for representing such a multilayered landscape over time, conveying its rich layering of information and ongoing environmental changes with clarity and impact.

The exhibition is showing at MARS Gallery as part of the Art + Climate = Change 2015 festival presented by Climarte.

Opens: 6-8pm Thursday 30 April 2015
Exhibition closes: 24 May 2015
Location: Mars Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Contact: 03 9521 7517
Email: andy@marsgallery.com.au

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