PROJECT: Dark Mofo 2020
ARTIST: Caroline Rannersberger
ARTWORK TITLE: Glass House Arcadia: A Living Memorial to Tasmanian Ecology
LOCATION: Franklin Square, Hobart CBD
CLIENT: City of Hobart
DATE 2020 TBC
Glass House Arcadia is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Tasmanian based glass installation artist, painter and project manager, Caroline Rannersberger, and New York based Australian trumpet player and composer, Sam Nester. This project is funded by Australia Council of the Arts and the City of Hobart.
The work comprises an installation of plants endemic to Tasmania that generate 'music' in real time with specialised sound technology, housed inside an illuminated glass house (4x2m) made of laminated glass with a photo interlayer. This is a living memorial to the resilience of plants and a call for climate change action. It will be located in Franklin Square, hosted by Hobart City Council, and scheduled during Dark MOFO from 10 to 22 June 2020 and provisionally 2021 in Snug Harbor Cultural Centre and Botanical Gardens, New York, with audience participation and performances.
Tasmanian based painter and printmaker Caroline Rannersberger opens up new ways of seeing the landscape through an acknowledgement that, rather than there being one fixed viewpoint, landscape contains multiple and shifting points of connection across time and space.
Rannersberger currently holds the position of Director of the Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts and was the Curator of the 2018 Bruny Island Art Prize. In 2017 she was appointed to the Australia Council's Pool of Peers assessment panel, and in 2016 she curated Bruny Island: EDGE2 Isthmus as a part of MONA’s MOFO festival in Hobart. In 2014 Rannersberger was curated into Hazelhurst Regional Gallery’s exhibition Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, which featured 25 leading painters from across the country each exploring ideas of self, and responding to the historical aspect of landscape and their relationship with nature.
Most recently Rannersberger has been announced as Creative Director of the BRUNY20 Fellowship for the Arts after having held the position of Curator and Project Manager of the BRUNY18 and BRUNY17 Art Prize. In 2017 she was appointed to the Australia Council’s Pool of Peers assessment panel and in 2016 she curated Bruny Island: EDGE2 Isthmus as a part of MONA’s MOFO festival in Hobart. She has been a finalist in the Glover Prize (2016, 2013, 2011), and the Blake Prize Director's Cut (2016), the Mosman Art Prize (2015), the Bay of Fires Art Award (2014), Hutchins Prize (2013), the Tattersalls Art Prize (2012), the City of Albany Art Prize (2011), the TogArt Contemporary Art Award, NT (2011), the Fleurieu Art Prize, the ABN Amro Award, Fremantle Print Award and the Alice Prize. She has undertaken many significant commissions for public and private institutions including Illawarra Primary School, Kingborough Health Centre via Arts Tasmania, Zinfra Pty Ltd, City of Darwin Public Art Installation for Celebrating Darwin, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation, Cancer and Bowel Research Trust Association and SA Ambulance. Her work is held in prominent public collections including the RACT (Royal Automobile Club Tasmania), Price Waterhouse Cooper, The National Gallery of Australia, The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), and Artbank.