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Tyndall Centre and Norwich School of Art launch science and fine-art exhibition

Thu, 30 Oct 2003

A collaboration between contemporary fine artist Janice Kerbel and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) opens on Saturday 1 November at Norwich Art Gallery. Called Home Climate Gardens, the exhibition is a meditation on a world marked by increasingly uncertain conditions. It consists of a series of ten detailed contemporary drawings inspired by climate change, our living and working environments, and our interactions with plants and our environment.

Says Janice Kerbel: '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.'

'2003 was a beautiful summer in the UK, but the newspapers were full of the extreme heatwave scorching Europe. At the same time, demand for air conditioning cooling helped cause blackouts on the Continent and in America.'

'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, I have used the logic of nature to generate a series of drawings that are allegorical and performative.'

The Home Climate Gardens exhibition runs from November 3 to December 12, Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 5.00 at Norwich School of Art and Design. Admission is free ends