Crevice Communities

Link to Stories from the Crevice Communities Symposium 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.

The Creative Practice Circle’s research theme for 2021-22 is “Crevice Communities”.

Artwork by Bärbel Ulrich

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).

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?

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