Spring Hill Reservoirs venue
Clearing Australia’s leading environmental artist Fiona Hall (Hobart) provided a large carpet called ‘Clearing’ from 2008. The work explores the loss of flora and fauna for large-scale farming.
Dromornis sightings in Alice Springs Extending the interest in fauna by Fiona Hall, Joseph Burgess (Brisbane) explores extinction in a moving image work of the Dromornis that was part of the megafauna that once roamed Central Australia. The giant lit lantern puppet powered by a scissor lift parades through Alice Springs.
Bayeux capitalism: world alienation, legal personhood & the environmentJenny Brown (Katoomba) traces the alienating effects of capitalism in this tapestry that begins with Indigenous connection in a quote by academic Mary Graham: ‘I am located therefore I am.’ Successive panels track this increasing alienation through core world events that includes and extends Hannah Arendt’s discussion on this theme. The tapestry is further connected to corresponding laws and actions that have determined relationships with the environment, both protective and destructive.
Work’s teletext script: Mary Graham: “I am located therefore I am.” AD Christian concern for eternal soul … 529 Justinian’s Civil Code … 1066 Hailey’s Comet … 1419 Age of Exploration … 1517 Socage abolition … 1589 Age of Modern science … 1662 Dutch guilds use letters patent … 1788 Terra & Aqua Nullius … 1885 British separate land surface & minerals ownership … 1886 Corporations gain legal personhood … 1897 Mono-agriculture as genocide … 1910 Hailey’s Comet … 1920s Supermarkets shame backyard growers … 1955 Disney’s fantasy industrial complex … 1960s World Bank’s non-traditional crop slave labour … 1975 Prime Minister sacked with letters patent … 1970s Private land geo-exploration licences … 1983 Monsanto, food irradiation, GMO patents & fertilisers … 1986 Franklin Dam halted … Hailey’s Comet … 2004 Harrison’s eco-art plans from watershed futures … 2006 Colony collapse disorder … 2011 Ecuadorian river gains legal personhood … Naples Water Corporation recommoned … 2015 Australia leads deforestation … 2018 Manuka honey appellation … If corporations are people, owning them is slavery
BMINYANGNYINDA YARINYA? MINYANG NYINDA YAGAY BA? (WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?)
Libby Harward is a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka whose new noise rite manifests the sounds the plants hear. Curated by Danni Zuvela for Nature’s Right Performance for the Liquid Architecture program ‘Why Listen to Plants?’