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Nature in the dark

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Nature in the dark – a world where art and science meet. What do animals do at night when they believe they are not being watched?

Nature in the Dark is a series of artistic video projects exploring the hidden world of the animals of Wombat State Forest and Bunyip State Park as never seen before on the big screen at Fed Square.

The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) has developed an extraordinary exhibition that will be screened from November 23 until December 22.

The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, have brought 10 artists together to work on the same photographic material the VNPA is gathering for the Caught On Camera project to profile mammalian response to fire or the absence of fire.

While scientists interpret the images for research purposes, for the artists participating in the project, the images provoke the important question: How can we relate to something we do not fully understand?

The images of animals from bandicoots, antechinus, wallabies and wombats to goats, cats and foxes are at once informative and beguiling, amusing and evocative.

The project was initiated by Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier from the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, and co-curated by Jan and Maria Miranda. It is supported by Fed Square.

Participating artists:
- Angie Black
- Elizabeth Dunn
- Siri Hayes
- Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier
- Renuka Rajiv
- Scott Lewis
- Tim Nohe
- Josephine Starrs
- Leon Cmielewski
- Steve Turpie

Opening Event: North Melbourne Town Hall, Wednesday 21 November 2012, 6 - 8:30 pm before screening to the public nightly from November 23 – December 22 at Federation Square.

Participants: Matt Ruchel (VNPA), Professor Michael Clarke (Zoology, La Trobe University) Angharad Wynee-Jones (Tipping Point Australia).

MC for the night: Professor Norie Neumark Director, Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University

Keynote: Professor Freya Mathews, environmental philosopher, La Trobe University

Panel moderator: Brent Clough (Radio National ABC)

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