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Siteworks Laboratorium Talks: Sunday 27 Nov 2022

Isadora Vaughan, Professor Mark Howden, Aunty Loretta Parsley with Kirli Saunders, DarkQuiet in conversation & Carolyn Eskdale

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.


Isadora Vaughan’s process-based and research-driven practice is informed by interests in permaculture, material intelligence, and the interdependence of human and non-human life. Oscillating somewhere between the formal and the alchemical, and employing a process of speculative questioning that draws from geology, craftsmanship and science, Vaughan’s works encourage audiences to reflect on and foster a sense of connection with the natural environment.

Vaughan will be speaking about her new commission for Inside, underground.

Professor Mark Howden is Director of the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions, an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council and contributes to major national and international science and policy advisory bodies. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Navigating the valley of climate change will explore why we should care about climate change, what we can do about it and how the arts can play an enhanced role in generating action and commitment.

Celebrating the rematriation of culture, Yuin Walbunja Elder Aunty Lorretta Parsley and Gunai artist Kirli Saunders led an intensive on-Country residency for women on Yuin lands at Bundanon in September. Honouring the process of possum skin cloak making, the workshop invited 15 First Nations women to create a community cloak.

This session shares stories from the Possum Skin Cloak Project and celebrates the strength and resilience of First Nations women on Yuin lands.

A conversation with the DarkQuiet artists and special guests Fred Watson, Marnie Ogg, and Cass Lynch on how we might refocus ways of experiencing the rich complexity and fragility of the world.

We live under a constant barrage of artificial light, and the dark skies that have anchored human life and knowledge for thousands of years are disappearing as city lights encroach. Prominent in the Australian Dark Sky Alliance, Fred Watson and Marnie Ogg will expand on the importance of dark sky; for astronomy and society generally and relate progress on the increasing interest in reserving Dark Sky places and limiting light in urban contexts. Writer and researcher, and descendant of the Noongar people of the south coast of WA, Cass Lynch, will consider the up-close impacts on our insect friends. DarkQuiet is artists Madeleine Flynn, Jenny Hector and Tim Humphrey, with producer Erin Milne (Bureau of Works).

Carolyn Eskdale’s practice encompasses sculpture and intervention, working in tension with architectural sites as a context and reference. She seeks to place the viewer within an embodied experience of the work, in continual dialogue with processes of transformation and reconstruction of actual, remembered, and imagined actions. Her works feature the transference of surface and relations of space and form, through the trace of hand from one surface to another.

Eskdale will be speaking about her new commission exploring the concept of an emotional weather report for Inside, underground.


Image: Carolyn Eskdale, Will to Build, kitchen work, detail

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27/11/2022 - 27/11/2022 Art Museum, Bundanon
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