Kaya and Blank (TR/DE)

Second Nature

01 March - 21 March

Image: Kaya & Blank, Second Nature, 2021. Courtesy the artists.

Hiding ugly reality with fake aesthetics.


01 March - 21 March


Melbourne Town Hall [i]
90 – 130 Swanston St, Melbourne
24 hrs


Technological Futures


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Since the 1980s, cell towers have started to fill the planet to create today’s telecommunication networks. The scenery changed dramatically when an antenna was transformed into an artificial pine tree for the first time in 1992. Since then, this kind of camouflage has evolved into a global phenom­enon that raises fundamental questions about the relationship between humans and nature.

Second Nature focuses on telecommunication and surveillance infrastructure that became part of the Southern California landscape. The series depicts these artefacts of the digital age as, in writer Amy Clarke’s words, a “societal preference for ‘fake’ aesthetics over ‘ugly’ reality”.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Supported by the City of Melbourne

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March