'Radical Acts', showing the frustrations of climate change

Laresa Kosloff, 'Radical Acts', 2020 (footage still). Video duration 7:29. Courtesty Buxton Contemporary

Buxton Contemporary is delighted to announce the launch of its second commission, Radical Acts, a darkly humorous and critical short film by Melbourne artist Laresa Kosloff.

Assembled and edited entirely from corporate video stock footage sourced on the internet, the short film can be viewed here from Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Radical Acts tells a fantastical story about frustrated climate scientists who come up with a plan to ensure they are no longer ignored. The scientists create a new pathogen and clandestinely distribute it to corporate offices via indoor plants. The pathogen makes corporate workers less productive and more open to possibilities beyond relentless growth and the profit motive.

The narrative also involves corrupt politicians and a faked mission to Mars and explores themes of duplicity, neoliberalism and the climate crisis.

An incisive humour is woven throughout all of Laresa’s work, whether it be in questioning the act of looking and representation within the public realm, or drawing out the tensions between received cultural values, political, economic and social issues.

Laresa makes performative videos, Super 8 films, hand drawn animations, sculpture, installations and live performance works. With a practice spanning more than twenty years Laresa’s work is represented in major public and private collections across Australia and in New Zealand including Artbank, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation University, State of Queensland on behalf of Stadiums Queensland, The Chartwell Collection (NZ/Toi o Tamaki), Monash University Collection, Naomi Milgrom Collection, and the Michael Buxton Collection at the University of Melbourne. In 2019 Laresa won the Guirguis New Art Prize.

Light Source Commissions are a key part of Buxton Contemporary’s expanded digital program. The museum has commissioned and is supporting the development of six new projects.

Light Source commissions provides artists with an opportunity to create work in different presentation formats that will then have a second life outside the virtual environment when exhibited together as a series of discrete projects in expanded physical formats at Buxton Contemporary in early 2021.

View Radical Acts online now, and find out more on what current exhibitions Buxton Contemporary has on offer here!


Location: University of Melbourne Cnr Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank

Cost: Free (Currently closed, free entry when lockdown permits)

Opening hours: Wed – Sun; 11am – 5pm

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