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Earth Day 2023: Traces of the Future

8 April 202326 April 2023

An image of food and herbs growing in different discarded items including a kettle, old glasses, tins and tetra packs. wires weave between them and the items stand on top of bricks in between spider plants and old cardboard boxes.

Traces of the Future is an installation and event that invites us to imagine: how will people be living 50 years from now?

With the recent intergovernmental climate report declaring that the next decade of activity is crucial in keeping the increase in Earth’s temperature to below 2°C, imagining multiple possible futures is vital action. Climate justice demands a reckoning with the past, present and future. Overcoming centuries-old systems of racial capitalism and a patriarchal, extractive relationship with nature requires deep listening to communities living on the frontlines of ecological harm. 

Traces of the Future provides a contemplative space for reading and reflection. Here are discarded manufactured items scavenged from around the city and repurposed as containers for growing plants, foods, and medicines. A selection of books thread together knowledges of an abundant Earthly intelligence, and comfy seats offer a restorative space where bold new visions can emerge. 

What visions of future(s) are we planting in the soil? 

With all that we know, which seeds are we sowing? 

What is decaying in the collective compost? 

What can flourish on a heating planet? 

Visit the window exhibition at any time or join us in the gallery on Saturday 22 April, 1 – 5pm to mark Earth Day 2023: plant seeds, listen and learn together. 

Traces of the Future is ONCA’s contribution to the Culture Declares Emergency Southeast Coastal Hub regional programme for Earth Day 2023



8 April 2023
26 April 2023
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