Composting #22: Going Underground: Multispecies Encounters with Rocks and Water in the Shadow of Extraction (Walkshop/Fieldtrip)

Friday 1 December, 8am-6.15pm | An Arts-Sciences Walkshop/Fieldtrip | Organised by Astrida Neimanis (University of Sydney) and Perdita Phillips (Artspace Artist in Resident 2017) and in association the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI)

BLURB: With extraction a hot-button issue for Australian publics, this arts-science walkshop and field trip aims to go underground: that is, to engage a transdisciplinary exploration of matters of concern related to “the vertical third dimension” – i.e. gas and mineral mining, subterranean ecologies, as well as the politics, economics and cultures of extraction and life underground. What relations are still to be forged between the rocks, waters and species (human and non-human) that all have different stakes in these questions? What kinds of knowledge-making and relational practices can enhance the perimeters of our research and our actions?

To explore these questions, we will embark on a collaborative journey to the heart of the coal mining history of New South Wales – the State Mine Heritage Park & Railway – in Lithgow. 15-20 participants will travel, read, listen, discuss, eat and make together, in the pursuit of new ways to think about our common (under)ground.

TO PARTICIPATE: If you would like to participate, please send an Expression of Interest (1 paragraph stating your interest in the field trip) to no later than November 20, 2017.

LOCATION: Sydney – Lithgow – Sydney (meet at Central Station at 8am)

MORE INFO: For more information on guest speakers, workshop leaders, artists, makers and a proposed itinerary for the day, go here!

PARTNERS:  Supported by University of Sydney Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and Artsource Global City AIR – State Government of WA funding.




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