Haines and Hinterding, "Encounter with the Halo Field", 2009-2015. Single-channel video, colour, sound, 3 min 38 sec. Courtesy of the artist.

14 February – 24 June 2023

Artists: Will Benedict, Diane Borsato, Eglé Budvytytè, Megan Cope, Girringun Art Centre, Michaela Gleave, Jack Green, Haines and Hinterding, Dane Mitchell, Mavis Ngallametta, Elise Rasmussen, Cameron Robbins, Yasmin Smith, The Institute of Queer Ecology, George Tjungurrayi

Curator: Anna Briers

We Are Electric is an exhibition about energy: its bodily and planetary flows, and its politics of extraction and exchange. From the frequencies that zip between our cells—communicating with our heart and telling it to beat—to the electromagnetic fields that encompass the Earth and all its rhythms, our bodies resonate in concert with the planet and its vibrations: we are, quite simply, electric beings.

In this exhibition, artists harness renewable energy resources such as solar power, attract electromagnetic forces and ambient currents, and evoke the invisible energy fields of ancestral Country. They register and articulate weather patterns, translate data flows and channel soundings of the Earth. They call upon queer manifestos, and ancestral knowledges around care for Country through First Nations worldviews. Through these works, questions and conversations emerge around energy futures and extinction, pathways to decarbonisation, and how we might challenge narratives of human supremacy to move beyond the carbon imaginary.

Anthropogenic climate change and the settler-colonial lineages of extraction have irrevocably altered our planet beyond human timescales. We Are Electric is a call for recalibration and sympathetic resonance with planetary and non-human systems. Attentive to the vibrancy of matter, it reinforces the symbiotic nature of our biodiverse world.