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Counting One to Four: Nature Morte (2015) by Debbie Symons

A climate and extinction data visualization

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", co-produced by World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and Streaming Museum. The work traveled to Federation Square, Melbourne, and Prodromus Galerie, Paris for COP21. Counting one to Four: Nature Morte is featured in Centerpoint Now ©2020, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, UN 75th anniversary special edition "Are we there yet?" co-produced with Streaming Museum.

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.

Debbie Symons

Counting One to Four has been presented in collaboration with

Climarte harnesses the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change. Victoria, Australia.


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