Stories from the Crevice Communities

Symposium 7-8 December, 2022

Link to the Crevice Communities Exhibition 2021

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.

Artwork by Bärbel Ulrich
Image courtesy Bärbel Ullrich

The Creative Practice Circle research group will present a public symposium, Stories from the Crevice Communities Symposium, at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 7-8, December 2022. An exhibition of the works of invited visual artists will take place at the HR Gallop Gallery, and multimedia performances by Dr Louise Curham and Jacquie O’Reilly will take place at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Applications to present at this symposium have now closed.

Symposium theme

With the ongoing crises of the Anthropocene – drought, fire, flood, and pandemic – it can be argued that the arts, humanities and critical enquiry are more important than ever, both here in Australia and elsewhere in the world. However, these are increasingly under threat.  Many artists and academic researchers who incorporate creative practice in their methodology, as well as practitioners in the creative industries, feel they are operating on thin soil, or perhaps even falling between the cracks. Approaching this predicament as a productive space, the Creative Practice Circle from Charles Sturt University is currently focused on the concept of “crevice communities”, described by the MERE Project of Antioch University as “small pockets of vegetation uniquely adapted to thrive in the harsh conditions of the rocky terrain of exposed mountain summits.”

Crevice communities are the overlooked, the marginal, the very small. The Creative Practice Circle is committed to explorations of the particular over the generic and the small over the large, using whatever materials come to hand for our research and production (bricolage).

Members of the Creative Practice Circle include artists engaged in creative practice as research; academic researchers using creative practice research methodologies and practitioners in the creative industries. Some members overlap as artists, academic researchers and/or creative industries practitioners and/or move between these areas.

We are interested in interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborations that reach out to explore crevice communities with scientists, artists, academics and members of alternative and/or marginalised communities. At this symposium our discussion will be prompted by the questions:

What can be found in the “cracks and hollows” that might help us to create a world worth living in?

In particular, how might creative practice as research make a significant contribution to current discussions about the environment, resilience, and health, including mental health?

Link to the Crevice Communities Exhibition 2021

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