Seaweed Appreciation Society international
13 September - 7 October 2023
Opening Thursday, 14 September, 6–8 pm
Nicholas Building, Level 7, Room 14, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Opening hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 12–6pm
Luna Mrozik Gawler • Jess Cockerill • Rittta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth • Scott Bluedorn • Lichen Kelp • RMIT Animation Students • Climavore poster artist/activists
The Seaweed Appreciation Society international (SASi) has gathered a selection of artists, both local and from across the seas, who are critically engaging with the multiplicitous worlds of seaweeds in what is rapidly becoming a vast marine algae movement.
The works featured in Macroalgae Mobilisation are connected through bifurcating explorations of salty action including creative collectivism, ocean queering and marine futuring.
Encompassing animation, kinetic sculpture, video art, interactive lighting, speculative technologies and more, the exhibition creates a momentum that invites future participation and gentle agitation.
About Seaweed Appreciation Society international (est. 2019)
Seaweed Appreciation Society international (SASi) are a mobile experimental platform dedicated to artistic research into seaweed and marine ecologies.
We host events that enhance appreciation for seaweed as a subject. Together with artists, scientists, philosophers, performers and those with a general interest in seaweed, we explore, query and celebrate interspecies conviviality between human and seaweed.
Through reading groups, residencies, talks, forages, feasts and field trips, SASi connects marine specialists with artists and creatives for open-ended conversations and collaborations.
SASi's work aims to cultivate attention to seaweed as a cultural, botanical and material actor. We explore seaweed itself, as well as its varied ecological, economic and political contexts.