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Siteworks Capsule Talks: Sunday 26 February 2022

Art Programme with Naomi Eller and Steven Rhall, Dr Michelle Dawson, Uncle Noel Butler, Professor David Lindenmayer and Fernando do Campo

Join us for a quick-fire program of pithy talks, stories and presentations from leading scientists, artists and First Nations knowledge holders, as we present ‘weather reports’ from this time and place. These events will later be uploaded to the online World Weather Network for those who miss out on the day.


This talk, led by Art Programme’s Jan Bryant with Naomi Eller and Steven Rhall will explore the ideas behind their ephemeral interventions into the Bundanon landscape. The talk is the final presentation in a short course designed to consider the intersection between contemporary art and the latest scholarship on the philosophy of plant life, climate change and Indigenous thinking/methodologies.

Jan Bryant is a writer and manager of Art Programme, an anti-institutional art organisation set up by artists, filmmakers, writers and curators to generate discussions, projects and publications.

Steven Rhall is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, queer, cis male positionality, geographically located on neighbouring Woiwurrung and Wathaurung lands.

Naomi Eller is an artist who works predominantly in ceramics, making sculpture inspired by nature, myth and the human condition.

Dr Michelle Dawson is an ecologist living on Dharawal country. Her work to date has been a journey through academia, consultancy and government with a focus on applying western ecological knowledge to support land managers manage both threatened species and introduced herbivores. More recently, she has begun focussing on enabling cultural and ecosystem adaptation to climate change.

Michelle will talk about key insights on her journey, her interest in the relationships between ecology and culture, and our shared future.

Uncle Noel Butler is a Budawang Elder of the Yuin Nation, South Coast NSW. A qualified teacher and mentor, he has been working as a cultural educator for over 30 years. Uncle Noel’s interactive lessons include walks, camps and cook-ups, and are inclusive events for all Australians who have a desire to learn about traditional Aboriginal Cultures. Uncle Noel is an accomplished speaker who delivers his knowledge with passion and urgency.

Uncle Noel will be speaking about the Bugia Nawway Gabun Buridja artist residency that brought together Local Music and experimental music communities from around Australia.

Professor David Lindenmayer is a world-leading expert in forest ecology and resource management, conservation science, and biodiversity conservation. He has maintained some of the largest, long-term research programs in Australia, with some exceeding 39 years in duration. He is among the world’s most productive and most highly-cited scientists, particularly in forest ecology and conservation biology.

Professor Lindenmayer will be talking about Australia’s natural landscapes, and why conserving them matters.

Fernando do Campo is an artist currently based in Sydney where he lectures at UNSW Art & Design. do Campo’s practice is interested in the animals carried by history and the histories carried by animals. He has presented solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA and in group exhibitions internationally. Recent projects have used practices of birdwatching, curatorial methodology, painting, fiction and post-humanist writing to examine the documented and undocumented histories of introduced species in the Global South.

do Campo will be discussing his participatory project Follow the pink ribbon, developed for Siteworks 2022.

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Dates & Times
26/02/2023 - 26/02/2023 Art Museum, Bundanon
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