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world's first global urban screens launch of threatened species list

On 16 November 2009, the latest release of the Red List of Threatened Species‚Ñ¢ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will for the first time be broadcast on digital screens in public spaces around the world.

The IUCN Red List is a global study on plants and animals facing extinction. IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.

The Red List of Threatened Species will be presented internationally on urban screens using a creative visualisation by Australian artist Debbie Symons. Symons' World Species Market is designed to replicate an LED stock exchange screen, with countries listed by the imminent loss of their animal and plant species.

‘World Species Market documents the 6,245 species that have been added to the Red List since the 2000 IUCN survey, which is equivalent to 1.9 species being added every day for the past nine years,' said Symons.

A multidisciplinary artist, Symons combines science technology with art that interrogates humanity's ecological conundrum between economic development and its direct impact on species recorded on the IUCN's Red List.

World Species Market (v.1) was launched at Federation Square in Melbourne in July. The project [World Species Market] has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and was chosen by the IUSA for its first global environmental awareness campaign.

‘The International Urban Screens Association is proud to host Debbie's conservation work internationally through our membership of public screens in order to highlight the plight of our planet's endangered species. We feel that communities around the world will be moved by her work,' said IUSA Chairman Glenn Harding.

‘World Species Market is a timely and profound visualisation of the critical situation many of the world's endangered species find themselves in,' said Mr Kit Wise, Acting Head of the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University in Melbourne where Symons is completing a Masters of Fine Art. ‘Drawing upon the ever increasing flow of media imagery, Debbie transposes one form of crisis upon another, questioning our priorities and asking us to sit up and take notice.'

For those interested in showing the World Species Market on November 16 it will be available in movie formats from IUSA by contacting paul.staubli@urbanscreensassoc.org with your requirements. The piece will also be streamed live from www.debbiesymons.org.au

For further information please contact: Paul Staubli, International Urban Screens Association + 61 439 978 744 or by email: paul.staubli@urbanscreensassoc.org

For further video information please contact: Debbie Symons, +61 408 318 400