The AEGIS Art & Ecologies Research Network focuses on cultural responses to global climate change, the poetics of place, and relations between human and nonhuman animals through interdisciplinary research.

Based in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, AEGIS includes researchers from other universities and independent scholars responding to two broad fields of enquiry: the arts and environmental humanities, and the natural sciences

One of the central aims of the network is to facilitate cultural practices engaging with ecological issues: from current urban environmental politics, cultural geography and the social construction of space, to the cultural communication of science, extinction studies, biosemiotics and multi-species ethnographies.
AEGIS also investigates how environmental history, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge Systems and other histories of the longue durée bear on the affective connections between human and nonhuman ecologies.

AEGIS enables interdisciplinary dialogues on how cultural practices might contribute to knowledge of nonhuman species and contested global ecologies of cities, agricultural domains, oceans, forests, deserts, mountainous regions and other cold climates.

Acknowledgement of Country

AEGIS acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we work. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters across Australia and its Dreaming. Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer.


Mutable Ecologies - Tracing Changing Environments

Online Exhibition
16 September to 17 December, 2021

2021 marks 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and 12 years since the Black Saturday bushfires. In this decade Australia and Japan have experienced an increase in extreme environmental events which have impacted our communities and cultures and opened up questions about the contributing factors of our human activities. Art and design practices offer us opportunities to unpack and better understand the interconnections between these social and environmental ecologies.

Artists include:
Don’t Follow the Wind
Hikaru Fujii
Yoichi Kamimura
Yuko Mohri
Clinton Naina
Yhonnie Scarce
Polly Stanton

Curated by Kristen Sharp, Philip Samartzis and Andrew Tetzlaff.

Mutable Ecologies is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Image: Yoichi Kamimura, Internal Weather (210217_12:23_UTORO), 2021.