‘Dis/orientating the Early Childhood Sensorium’ is a performative research-creation Exhibition prepared by the Climate Action Network (CAN). Collectively composed alongside CAN’s 14 research sites across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Ecuador, this exhibit invites participation into 6 interpretive installations that render anew key themes arising from these distinct sites, gesturing toward slow, inconvenient climate relations. ‘Dis/orientating the Early Childhood Sensorium’ is one of three international exhibitions by CAN across Canada (Victoria & London) and Australia (Perth) concurrently activating occasions for otherwise child-climate pedagogies.
Interrupting developmental archives of early childhood education’s sensory pallet, ‘Dis/orientating the Early Childhood Sensorium’ interrupts and speculates toward pedagogies that are situated in the uncertain, contradictory worlds children inherit and are implicated in. It invites viewers to taste and tangle their way into the puzzles and illogicalities of 21st century climate crises through a series of modest encounters and sensational conjunctures with weather, land, plastics, food and water. Remaining weary of grand narratives that might soothe our ready-made sensors, we invite you to hesitate with us in Dis/orientating the Early Childhood Sensorium.
‘Dis/orientating the Early Childhood Sensorium’ is part of an international exhibit series that includes ‘Sensorial Becomings: Climate Pedagogies with Children’ hosted at the Art Centre Gallery of Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in British Columbia (curated by Narda Nelson, Denise Hodgins, Sherri-Lynn Yazbeck, Ildikó Danis, Angie Simpson and Carlene Bulas), and ‘Conversations with Rain’ at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth (curated by Jo Pollitt, Lilly Blue, and Mindy Blaise)
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