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I’m really honored to have contributed the cover image to this important book on migration and global justice co-edited by my friend Prof. Claudia Tazreiter! I took this image in 2017 as artist-in-residence of Plan International, where I visited youth in Lewoleba in Indonesia; Chiang-Mai in Thailand, and Tacloban in the Philippines. In Tacloban, a local tricycle driver took me around the city to witness the aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan that devastated Tacloban in 2013. The image shows a fishing vessel that had run aground Philippine soil during Haiyan.

 Working with children and youth who were affected by the climate emergency was one of the most impactful and humbling times of my artistic practice, and I am still grateful to Plan for the opportunity to co-create artworks on climate with them. 

The residency was facilitated by Plan International’s offices in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines as well as the International Climate Initiative (IKI) based in Berlin. More on the residency outcomes here: https://www.international-climate-initiative.com/en/news/article/interview_to_know_the_colour_of_water/

The Handbook of Migration and Global Justice is published by Elgar Handbooks and is edited by Dr. Leanne Weber, Professor of Criminology, University of Canberra, Australia and Dr. Claudia Tazreiter, Professor in Ethnic and Migration Studies, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, Linköping University, Sweden. This timely Handbook brings together leading international scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and geopolitical perspectives to interrogate the intersections between #migration and global #justice. It explores how cross-border mobility and migration have been affected by rapid economic, cultural and technological globalisation, addressing the pressing questions of global justice that arise as governments respond to unprecedented levels of global migration. Available here: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-of-migration-and-global-justice-9781789905656.html

(Madison, Wisconsin)—These past few weeks, I have had the joy of helping out with the first LunART Summer Arts Camp! LuNART Festival supports, inspires, promotes, and celebrates women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It’s been awesome collaborating with old and new friends: two of my fellow Creative Peacebuilders at The Peace Studio Midori Samson and Maya Williams as well as pianist Satoko Hayami at the Goodman Community Center. Maya and I teach remotely—an optimistic effect of the current global situation is that I can do this at all from my desk here in Sydney.

From LuNART:

LunART is thrilled to partner with Goodman Community Center for the first LunART Summer Arts Camp! For nine weeks this summer, middle schoolers at GCC will take weekly arts classes with our teaching artist team: Satoko Hayami and Midori Samson (LunART Community Engagement Coordinators), Maya Williams, and Catherine Sarah Young. Using music, poetry, and visual art, workshops will emphasize play and experimentation, access and equity, confidence and validation, and teamwork and community-building.In addition to arts classes with our teaching artist team, students will experience weekly live performances by LunART guest artists. This component of the day, “Art Share,” will invite LunART artists to present instrument show-and-tells, short interactive concerts, or guided activities.

Find out more here: https://www.lunartfestival.org/summerartscamp

Congratulations to fellow LabVerde alumna, Sabina Sallis, on her multidisciplinary exhibition, Multispecies Visionary Institute! Honored to exhibit The Weighing of the Hearts and Burned Lines works with friends and colleagues at Berwick, UK.

Multispecies Visionary Institute

SABINA SALLIS

The Multispecies Visionary Institute (MVI) welcomes you to an immersive body of artworks that is informed by sustainable land practices and spans a diverse range of media and disciplines. Within the exhibition is an Apparatus for Resurgence in Trophallaxis (ART), a storytelling and healing device that uses herbs, hives and other magical, healing substances and actions to engage all senses with images, smells and sounds. The project is accompanied by a series of evolving exhibitions with a structure called (S)Low Disturbance Exhibition Model, and a programme of events gives training for Becoming an Indigenous Organism Mystic (BIOM), both facilitated by the Multispecies Visionary Institute. MVI and ART has been developed by Sabina Sallis who uses drawing, video, performance, sculpture and narrative to investigate the complex entanglement between the human mind, knowledge and more than human worlds. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Arts, Poznan, Poland and is currently completing a practice-led PhD at School of Fine Arts, Newcastle University. The Multispecies Visionary Institute takes places at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed from 10 July – 5 September. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-4pm. Free admission.

Book tickets here.

I will be presenting The Weighing of the Hearts and Burned Lines for ASLE-USA’s Emergence/y Conference in a few weeks!

The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) seeks to inspire and promote intellectual work in the environmental humanities and arts.

The Weighing of the Heart is a sculptural series where I cast the residues of the bushfires into human hearts.

Burned Lines is a series where I rewrite climate change denier text addressed to me using ink made from the ashes of the bushfires.

Register at http://www.asle.org

I’m stoked to present my Burned Lines project in an academic conference next week for Re-MEDIAting the Wild: The 16th Conference on Communication and Environment. 

Burned Lines is an art project where I rewrite my hate mail, tweets, and press from climate change deniers using ink made from the ashes of the Australian bushfires. 

Register here: https://theieca.org/conference/coce-2021-online

June 17, 4-5PM AEST: How can art and science work together to contribute towards sustainability? I’m stoked to give a talk on The Creative Resistance: Art, Science, and Systems Change, and be on the panel on Arts-based Methods for Transformations 2021! I’ll be speaking about my art practice since 2013, and will focus on my PhD work here in Sydney. See you there!


About Transformations 2021: Enabling Positive Tipping Points in an Uncertain World


In 2020 a tipping point may have been crossed on how societies worldwide deal with multiple overlapping crises. On an unprecedented scale we see groups and communities mobilizing to re-imagine and transform the pre-pandemic systems which led to current vulnerabilities, risks, and unsustainable practices. This challenging but also fertile moment calls for urgent knowledge synthesis able to enact positivetipping points and tipping interventions towards new regenerative development trajectories.

Keynote speakers:
Jessica Clark – Research affiliate at MIT Open Documentary Lab, publisher of Immerse.news

Kate Raworth – Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Ailton Krenak – Philosopher and indigenous movement leader of Krenak ethnicity, Brazil

Heila Lotz-Sisitka – Distinguished Professor at Rhodes University


More at https://www.transformationscommunity.org/conference-2021


#transformationsconference2021

I’m stoked to be interviewed by Jo of Occupational Hazards! Thank you for having me!


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Catherine Sarah Young is an award-winning artist, designer, and writer. She uses her background in molecular biology, fine art, and interaction design to create interdisciplinary, experimental artworks on the environment.

We discuss her unique approach to climate change awareness, including taking inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to produce art on the Australian bushfire crisis, as well as creating perfume and sewer soap to make the effects of climate change more tangible (because, as she points out, we all have “dying polar bear fatigue”).

Cat has collaborated with researchers, industry, and non-profit organizations all over the world. She is currently a Scientia scholar at UNSW Sydney working on climate change and sustainability, an Obama Leader for Asia-Pacific, and part of Team HB6 of @homewardboundprojects for Antarctica (100 women with a background in STEMM – science, tech, engineering, math, and medicine).

Despite the international acclaim she has received, she places more value on “milestones of resilience” and incremental improvement, drawing from her taekwondo training (she’s a second-degree black belt) to impart life lessons.

This episode is dedicated to all the interdisciplinary thinkers, martial artists, anyone trying to approach a problem from a creative new angle, as well as everyone going through the process of “unlearning.”


OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS is a series of candid conversations with inspiring people as they share their path to finding their calling and all the gritty realities of their jobs. Whether you want to demystify your dream job or get a peek into other people’s work lives, then this is the podcast for you.

Available via the link in bio, Apple, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

I’m beyond excited to be selected for cohort 6 of Homeward Bound, a ground-breaking, global leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. I will be joining 99 other women in STEMM, first through a virtual leadership program, followed by an expedition to Antarctica in 2022 (depending on the Covid-19 situation).

Thank you to friends and mentors who encouraged me to say yes, and to my colleagues and friends at SEAD and the Obama Leaders Asia-Pacific—my first leadership programs—to make an artist feel that she’s up for this!

I can’t wait for the journey of growth ahead. Stay tuned!

It’s been a strange year yet I tried to make the most of it. Here is how my 2020 rolled:

• I did my lone residency outside Australia for Collaboratoire in the Philippine surfing capital of Siargao island for the Reimagining Sustainability module.

• Now in Sydney with a travel ban, I did residencies and fellowships online with the Space Art Summer School hosted by the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics, Saari Residence, and The Curator is the Weather with 68Art Institute Copenhagen.

• One of my short stories, “Good Harvest”, won first place at the Bright21st Stories of Inspiring Futures and Alternate Realities. I wrote for or was written about in the Culture360 magazine of the Asia-Europe Foundation and Tvergastein Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment in Norway.

• “The Weighing of the Hearts” was exhibited at das weisse haus in Vienna and The Peace Studio in the US; and “The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store” continues its odyssey with the Victor Papanek retrospective in the Museum del Disseny in Barcelona, the Design Museum den Bosch in the Netherlands, and C-mine design centre in Belgium. 

• The year-long virtual program of the Obama Leaders Asia-Pacific with the Obama Foundation ensued, and I had a lot of fun running Supercharge art sessions with some  of the leaders’ communities and the children of some of my fellow Obama Leaders.

• I spoke in Speculative Futures Bangkok, Speculative Futures Sydney, inVivo Conference for Planetary Health, and the University of the Underground as one of their educators for their New Politics and Afrofuturisms program.

• I now speak better German and some basic Russian. I also learned some more making skills thanks to the immense patience of the UNSW Design Futures Lab. 

• I passed Year 1 of my PhD! Hurray!

If you’ve been a part of my year at all, thank you very much! I hope 2021 gives room for more ways to make art and connect with people and make the world better for everyone. See you all next year!

[COPENHAGEN] Stoked to hold a recorded Zoom conversation with Hugo Hopping of SixtyEight Art Institute for The Curator is the Weather, to which I was supposed to participate in person except that I am in Sydney and cannot leave because of the Australian travel ban. Gracias and tak for including me despite these challenging circumstances. Have fun, you all!

From the organisers:

THE CURATORIAL THING (4th Edition)

The Curator is the Weather
Organised by SixtyEight Art Institute
1 – 9 October, 2020

Evening Talk Series: 2, 6, 7, and 8 of October
From 18:00 to 21:00
Location: Gothersgade 140
At the Social Sciences Faculty Library of Copenhagen University

SixtyEight Art Institute is pleased to announce that our 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th of October Evening Lecture Programme is ready!

The Evening Lectures will be open to the (physical) public for free (observing the Covid-19 Danish Health Authority recommendations) and it will be streamed and made available online for 120 DKK/16 EUR. This fee helps cover our film production expenses and it gives access to all four days of Lectures to our (virtual) public from remote locations.

The Curatorial Thing, Evening Lecture Programme, will be inviting the voices of artists and curators who are bringing particular attention to issues such as climate change and new technologies that can contribute to a more nuanced understanding of how #art, #science, and #technology can approach the building of a future of mutual relations, taking into account the continual #evolution of human nature in and with the natural world after #climatechange.

The evening lectures will be held at the Social Sciences Faculty Library of Copenhagen University (Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek) at Gothersgade 140, 1123 Copenhagen next to the Botanical Gardens.

The Curatorial Thing (4th Edition) is being organised/led by Hugo Hopping and Christopher Sand-Iversen for SixtyEight Art Institute.

REGISTRATION is on EVENTBRITE

Registration for physical or ‘in-person’ attendance is free while live streaming is 120 DKK/16 EUR. But register and choose via this Eventbrite Link or in Bio:

https://www.eventbrite.dk/e/the-curatorial-thing-the-curator-is-the-weather-tickets-121918059197

See the full programme here: https://madmimi.com/p/7fbf411/ or on Eventbrite to access the presentation summaries. Looking forward to your participation and support.