Dr Josh Wodak is a researcher, artist and design educator in the Faculty of Art and Design, University of New South Wales. His work critically engages with cultural and ethical entanglements between environmental engineering and conservation biology as means to mitigate species extinction and biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene.
With anthropogenic climate change constituting an unplanned and unintentional experiment on the biosphere and atmosphere, his work explores the ethics and efficacy of plans to intentionally mitigate human impact on the biosphere, through synthetic biology, and on the atmosphere, through climate engineering. Drawing on the fields of Environmental Humanities and Science and Technology Studies, this work is produced through practice based research in art and museum exhibitions on the Anthropocene.
He holds a BA (Honours) in Anthropology (Sydney University, 2002), a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research (Australian National University, 2011) and has exhibited his media art, sculpture and interactive installations in art galleries, museums and festivals across Australia and internationally. These projects include: when i was a buoyant, photo-portraits of climate change data physically projected onto participants' bodies to illustrate sea level rise measured against the human body; jubilee venn diagrams?, video-portraits that animate diagrams of climate change trajectories to form Cartesian graphs with the human body; Facing Futures Free From Fear, an audiovisual installation that maps global carbon dioxide emissions onto a 12metre long sculpted heat map rising from domestic-scale floor to ceiling; ISEA Bright Future, an interactive audiovisual installation powered by participants' cycling, where participants collaboratively control a 3D light and sound sculpture of pre-extinction and post-extinction evolutionary trajectories; and shape Things To come, an immersive sculpture that maps projected sea level rise onto physical sites of a city, to depict future sea shores from different climate trajectories produced through different geoengineering interventions..
Prior to joining UNSW in 2014 Dr Wodak held research positions at the Australian National University, University of Sydney, and Western Sydney University. He is currently an Associate Lecturer, UNSW Art and Design; Deputy Director of the 'Energies and Environments Research Group' at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW; a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Understanding Australia in The Age of Humans: Localising the Anthropocene' and a member of the Andrew Mellon Australia-Pacific Observatory in Environmental Humanities, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.
UNSW | Art & Design
- Welcome to the Anthropocene | group exhibition, Deutsches Museum, Munich, December 4 2015-January 2 2016
- Future Stratigraphy | group exhibition| SCA Galleries, Sydney | 5-19 October 2016 | Curator: Dr Madeleine Boyd
- Global Ecologies | group exhibition, part of 2016 ASLEC-ANZ Art Global Ecologies conference | co-curated with Dominic Redfern | 23-25 November 2016 |
- Embassy for Water | group exhibition| Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney | Curator: Dr Julie-Louise Bacon.
- Art+Nature+Science 2010-2015 | group exhibition| Accelerator Gallery, Sydney | Curator: Sherryl Ryan
- Energies in the Arts conference, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW and Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, co-convened with Prof Douglas Kahn and Dr Anna Davis, August 13-15 2015
- Underwater Worlds conference, Stanford Humanities Centre, Stanford University, USA, May 17-19 2015
- Anthropocene Objects and Environmental Futures conference, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, July 5-7 2015
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