Castlemaine State Festival presents

The Smallest Measure

Jessie Boylan

What does a slow emergency created of subtle changes in ocean and atmospheres – with a predictable disastrous effect over time – look like? Jessie Boylan’s visual art installation reveals the work carried out at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania and CSIRO’s research laboratory in Victoria. Boylan’s longstanding interest in our symbiotic relationship to the environment has never been more pertinent. The artist uses photography, video and sound to explore the consequential social and psychological upheaval.

Jessie Boylan is an artist based on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria, Australia, who uses photography, video and sound to explore environmental, social and psychological upheaval. They are interested in collaborative praxes and finding ways to engage with our catastrophic times. Boylan is a member of Lumina, an Australian photography collective and the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age. They are a current PhD candidate through the School of Art at RMIT- exploring the ways in which art can address the implications of slow emergencies and potential mass extinctions. Boylan currently lectures within the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT.

Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts (Resilience Funding), The Care Project, Regional Arts Victoria, RMIT University, CSIRO and The Bureau of Meteorology.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.