Crevice Communities

Expressions of interest are sought for an online exhibition opening December 10, 2021

Image by Bärbel Ulrich
Image by Bärbel Ullrich

We pay our respects to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands upon which Charles Sturt University is located: the Wiradjuri, Ngunawal, Gundungarra and Biripai peoples of Australia.

Hyposubjects are squatters and bricoleuses. They inhabit the cracks and hollows. They turn things inside out and work with scraps and remains.

Morton, T., & Boyer, D. (2021). Hyposubjects: on becoming human.

Crevice communities are small pockets of vegetation that are uniquely adapted to thrive in the harsh conditions of the rocky terrain of exposed mountain summits. They find footing in thin soil in the crevices that are protected from the strong winds.

The Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project, Antioch University (2021)

Over the past year, we in regional Australia have experienced waves of crises – drought, fire, flood, and pandemic. While other sectors of the economy have received life-saving financial infusions during pandemic lockdowns, higher education has been all but abandoned by the Federal Government. With creative industries and the liberal arts threatened almost to extinction, we in the Creative Practice Circle have turned our attention to what might grow “on thin soil” or “between the cracks.” In a world of hyperobjects – climate change, neoliberalism – we insist on the value of being small (hyposubjects), and of investigating the particular, using whatever materials come to hand (bricolage). We are interested in interdisciplinary inquiry, reaching out to explore crevice communities with scientists, artists, academics and members of small, alternative and/or marginalised communities. While this provocation emanates from Australia, we are interested in international perspectives on life in the “cracks and hollows” of a world in crisis.

Areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to:

  • First Peoples/Nations cultures, histories and perspectives;
  • Ecological communities surviving despite political attitudes towards the climate crisis, e.g. travelling stock routes; abandoned cemeteries;
  • The arts flourishing despite the political abandonment during COVID-19;
  • Creative practice maintaining national and international interest and participation despite the contraction of degree programs and support in universities;
  • The revitalisation of localism;
  • Marginalised communities, eg LGBTQIA+, People/s of Colour, Discriminated-against cultural and linguistic communities;
  • Alternative and Activist communities;
  • How we might identify and illustrate crevice communities through artistic and scientific means…

Abstracts of up to 300 words proposing an artwork in any media, including creative writing, to be received by August 31st and will be peer-reviewed. Accepted artworks to be submitted by October 31st, 2021.

We will curate an online exhibition and an opening event to be launched on Friday, December 10, 2021. Inquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to Jennifer Munday jmunday@csu.edu.au

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