Ku-ring-gai pH – Art + Science at Manly Gallery

Megan Cope

9 Dec 2016 - 19 Feb 2017

Ku-ring-gai pH is an exciting collaborative exhibition and residency project, presented by Eramboo, National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Megan Cope was selected along with 9 other artists to spend an intensive five days within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park collaborating with a group of scientists with extensive research interests – from neuroscience to botany. The partnership has culminated in a site responsive exhibition which explores connections between art and science.

‘Currents I’ is a kinetic installation focussing on climate change, particularly concerning rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Transforming over a period of time, the installation is an unpredictable work of art. The collaborative piece first developed between artist Megan Cope and marine biologist Roberta Johnson integrates mapping of sea and country, modes of scientific experimentation and references to Aboriginal cultural middens.

This work connects local precolonial social economic histories as well as ocean acidification testing . In each of their fields, both artist and scientist used evidence from the past to provide a forecast of what our futures may look like. Cope’s work embodies the connection between past, present and future through its imagery and materiality. It asks us to consider where we stand in relation to the landscape and Australian culture, and how our actions will shape them for tomorrow.