The failure of nations to reach an agreement at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last year has highlighted a huge gap between scientific consensus and public perceptions of climate change.
Downstream is a media art installation, which explores ways of representing the relationship between nature and culture. Employing poetic texts embedded into animated satellite images of landscapes at particular risk, it responds to the effects of climate change in ways that are mythical, biblical and chemical.
The work involves large screen installations which combine satellite imagery with local imagery and views of river systems threatened by global warming.
Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs are Australian artists whose video and new media works have been shown extensively in Australia and internationally. They have created numerous projects including Seeker an installation that explores issues of migration, territorial boundaries, conflict commodities and human displacement. Seeker won an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria. Other work includes a.k.a. a video about universal surveillance, the Trace interactive installation, Bio-Tek Kitchen a computer game patch, Dream Kitchen an interactive stop-motion animation and Floating Territories a game art installation. They have been invited to participate in several international residency programs including Banff, Canada 1998, Sarai, New Delhi, India, 2006 and the Future Lab, Linz, Austria, 2009.