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Karoo Disclosure is a multimedia, collaborative art project that focuses on the effects of shale gas exploration (fracking) on land, people and the environment, specific to the Karoo, a semi-desert region of South Africa.
The Karoo Disclosure collaborators include artists working in performance, photography, costume, sound, video, installation and sculpture. This inter-disciplinary project explores notions of heritage and culture in the context of external economic and political drivers that threaten to change the landscape and the lives of the Karoo communities in unimaginable and irreversible ways.
This work was first shown at the Iziko South African Museum along side a conference and educational workshops organised by the artists on the topic of fracking. The video was also screened at the first That Art Fair in Woodstock, Museum Night and The Prince Albert Film Festival. The work was then shown at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein with a special musical performace and workshop. In both museum exhibitions we collaborated with the curators of the museum collections to include Karoo specimens, fossils into the installations.
Karoo Disclosure is an example of “how artists tackle issues of the environment in their practice with a particular emphasis on care for the land ” said UCT art Professor Virginia MacKenny in her presentation at the Karoo Disclosure speaker sessions. Speaker and Anthropologist Prof Lesley Green further conveyed in the sessions that; “The spectre of permanent damage to Earth systems in a time of climate change, forces us to confront the myth that we can repair the planetary damage we wreak in the name of economic progress. It is neither reasonable nor rational to claim that “better engineering” or “better environmental regulation” can be relied upon to minimise the effects of permanent damage to land, and to fossil water sources." .
Deborah Weber, Damien Schumann, Elgin Rust, Hendrik Dudumashe, Gina Waldman, Jeannette Unite, Margaret Stone, Maxim Starcke, Michelle Liao, Lisa Bauer, Tom Glenn, Peet van Heerden, Paula Kingwill.