Presented in collaboration with Climate, Australia
“Counting One to Four: Nature Morte” (2015) by artist Debbie Symons launched a tour at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – “the Gateway to the United Nations” during the introductory program of A View From The Cloud. The work traveled to Federation Square, Melbourne, and Prodromus Galerie, Paris for COP21.
The work synthesizes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) findings revealing predicted mass species extinctions in a 7- minute video. “Counting One to Four” moves beyond a simplistic representation of ‘damaged nature’ to a multifaceted analysis of cause and effect with projections of up to 52% of all terrestrial mammals, reptiles, marine species, amphibians and insects committed to extinction by 2100. It also visually references the 20 Earth Summits that have occurred across the globe by date and location, that have transpired ineffectively and without mitigation.