2020 Program

Image: Louisa Waters

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.

Listening in the Anthropocene

Exhibition + Symposium Thursday August 27 – Friday August 28, 2020

The symposium, exhibition and resulting publication will explore the act and idea of “Listening in the Anthropocene” – listening to the land, to others, to difference, as encountered in embodied and virtual spaces. We ask how we might attempt to understand or interpret what is being said in languages we do not understand? How might we resist – even if just for a moment – adding our own noise to the noises of the neoliberal project of the Anthropocene: the clashing music of the shopping mall; the voices of AI; sounds that invade us? How might we listen out, or tune in, to the small, the subtle, the unnoticed?

In light of the Covid19 pandemic, our plans for a Symposium and Exhibition in 2020 have had to change. Initially planned to take place in and around the HR Gallop Gallery on the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University, we in the Creative Practice Circle have now decided to take the entire event online. The exhibition will be presented online on this site (due for launch on Thursday August 27 at 6pm), while the Symposium will be delivered via Zoom webinar. Confirmed keynote speakers for the Symposium include artists Mandy Martin and Margaret Woodward.

You can download the complete program/catalogue as a PDF document. You can also view recordings of the Zoom sessions – see links below session information below.

Thursday August 27

6pm Opening of Symposium – Acknowledgement of Country.

6.15 Launch of Listening in the Anthropocene Online Exhibition with Mandy Martin. View recorded session here.

6.45 Launch of next three Lost Rocks (2017-21) fictiōnellas with Margaret Woodward; Red Sandstone by Caroline Loewen, Granite by Helena Demczuk and Copper by Catherine Evans. View recorded session here.

Friday August 28

9am Listening exercise with Sally Neaves

9.30 Keynote – Listen across time: Mandy Martin with Alexander Boynes

  • Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes speak to the creation of 10-metre long installations “Luminous Relic” and “Rewriting the score” which combine Mandy’s painted canvases with video and sound by Alexander Boynes and Tristen Parr. The works are a sublime and humanist critique of the quarry vision afflicting our country and at the root of the environmental collapses we are currently living. View recorded session here.

10.30 Panel – Co-creating with the land – With Louisa Waters and Barbel Ulrich. View recorded session here.

11.15 Morning tea break

11.30am Panel – Foregrounding the background – Mandy Martin and Margaret Woodward. Hosted by Tracy Sorensen, Mandy Martin and Margaret Woodward discuss how we might pay attention to that which we are expected to overlook: the more than human world and the destructive processes at work in our era. View recorded session here.

12.30 Lunch break

1pm Keynote – Mineralogical telling – Margaret Woodward

  • In March 2016, A Published Event (Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward) launched a five-year, slow-publishing collaboration called Lost Rocks (2017–21), an accumulative event of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling. With 30 of the 41 titles published, Margaret will present the journey of Lost Rocks (2017–21) to date. View recording of this session here.

2pm Panel – Bodies, minds and earsJenni Munday presents postcard cyanotypes and embroidery made in response to hearing about lives in the Mayday Hills “lunatic asylum” in the wider context of the eco anxiety; Tracy Sorensen talks about how her crocheted body parts came to life once she animated them with story; and Michelle O’Connor talks about how community radio projects can help us to listen out, locally. View recorded session here.

3pm Afternoon tea break

3.15pm Pop up exhibition – exhibiting artists briefly speak to their work: Nicola Mason/Linda Fish/The River Yarners

4.15 Panel – Stories of earth and sky – Ecologist Dave Watson is part of a team that has installed a fixed array of permanent acoustic monitoring stations across the country, using the same principle as astronomical observatories; Lisa Roberts & Leanne Lovegrove present Lunar Time: A Living Data Library, a three-year travelling project bringing together Indigenous and Western knowledge of ourselves as part of nature, as scientists and as artists; and Merrill Findlay talks about storytelling in the context of her initiatives, the Inland Astro Trail and the Big Skies Collaboration. View recorded session here.

5.15pm Panel – Found sounds, remixed: storms and epics. Sam Bowker shows how the literary epic narrative remains a valuable vehicle for collecting, isolating and re-purposing the audible ‘found objects’ of the Anthropocene; Perdita Phillips speaks on using speculative devices to combat environmental amnesia. View recorded session here.

6pm Continue discussions with and between artists associated with the symposium. If time allows, we will hear from Kim Goldsmith on ecoPULSE, a collection of investigative, ecological-centred, digital media projects. [This part of the Symposium did not happen, due to time constraints.]

7pm Symposium close