Janice Kerbel: Home Climate Garden 2004

Janice Kerbel: Home Climate Garden 2004
Library Shelf Location ABC-KERB
Publication Date 2004

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2003 was a beautiful summer in the UK, but demand for air conditioning to cool our globally warming air helped cause blackouts on the Continent and in America. There is a contradiction at the centre of our relationship to climate change.We have utopian desires but they are undermined by dystopian habits. The natural environment is threatened by the built one. Our love of nature is in conflict with our desire for a modern metropolitan lifestyle with cleanliness, warmth, refrigeration, light, mobility, entertainment and communication. Our complicity in the contradictions between desires and habits is where the idea of Adaptive Design has defined recent innovations in architecture. How can we work with people’s desires for utopian habitats to unlock the paradox at the centre of our relationship to the fundamental issues of climate change? The drawings in the exhibition are a series of unique garden plans developed for a range of indoor environments by considering the plants that might thrive in each of the studied architectural and climatic conditions. From Wall-Mounted Gardens for a 7th Storey Council Flat, to a Windowbox Garden for a Revolving Restaurant and a Respiration Garden for a Gym, Kerbel has used the logic of nature to generate a series of drawings that are allegorical and performative. Home Climate Gardens are a meditation on a world marked by increasingly uncertain conditions.

Quantity 1
Author Lynda Morris
Format Calendar
Publishers Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Norwich Gallery NSAD
Related Artist Janice Kerbel
Categories BALTIC Artists' Book Collection (by appointment), Artists' Books, Conceptual Art, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Allegory, Ecological art, Gardens
Artist's Nationality British/UK
Language English

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