AEGIS Symposium
Air, Wind & Turbines

Hybrid 28 June 2023

Online and in-person Building 24, Level 1, Room 1 at RMIT University.  

Online access via this TEAMS Link and register via Eventbrite.

28 June 2023, at 5:30pm to 7pm.

A recording of the talk will be uploaded after the event. 

Stephan Balleux, ‘Versailles #2’, 2022, gouache on found document, 36cm x 51cm.

About For the Birds

This AEGIS online seminar explores connections between humans and the dynamics of air and atmosphere. In considering air quality and wind-power technology in relation to climate adaptation
and ecology, the three speakers will also discuss connections between art and science.

Presenter Biographies 

Stephan Balleux -
Stephan BALLEUX (°1974) – is an artist who explores the meaning of pictorial representation through the diverse media of painting, drawing, animated video, and sculpture. His work explores techniques of illusion that question human modes of perception and the expectations of the observer. His works emphasise the fluidity of natural and artificial materials, while also adapting historical and cultural references such as zoology, cinematography, architecture, anthropology and literature Balleux has exhibited many times in Belgium and in various international art institutions and galleries. He is also a collaborator in the Turbine Plays: a transdisciplinary project, connecting the general public and professionals working in energy and heritage with artists and musicians. The Turbine Plays bring people to together to collaborate in innovative ways on transitions in landscape and climate adaptation.

Jesse Boylan
Jesse Boylan is an artist and writer living on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria, Australia. Jesse is interested in expanded documentary practice and the role art plays in issues of environmental and social justice. They like to collaborate with others and regularly works with Linda Dement and V. Barratt as Bonedirt. Jesse also works for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Australia) as their media and comms adviser, and teaches within the BA Photography program at RMIT University, Melbourne. As part of their doctoral research, Jesse has collaborated with Dr Zoë Loh and her team at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Centre on the West Coast of Tasmania.

Zoë Loh
Zoë Loh is a research scientist with CSIRO Environment. She uses spectroscopic methods to measure greenhouse gases in a range of contexts including from beef production, fugitive emissions from geological carbon storage, coal seam gas production and in urban areas. In collaboration with colleagues, greenhouse gas concentration data are used in atmospheric inversion studies to derive so
called 'top-down' emissions estimates. Zoë currently leads the Observations - Greenhouse & Ozone Depleting Substances team which is responsible for maintaining and developing high quality greenhouse gas observations across our global flask network and our in situ observation network around Australia, its Antarctic Territories, and on board the Research Vessel Investigator. The team uses these data to improve our understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of these radiatively important trace gases. Zoë is also a Lead Scientist in the Kennaook/Cape Grim Science Programme, responsible for perpetuating high-quality observations of greenhouse gases at this crucial global site for long term measurements of environmental change.

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.