Exploring regional futures through enquiry, creativity + connections
ecoPULSE is a collection of investigative, ecology-centred, digital media projects led by Australian artist, Kim V. Goldsmith. These projects explore relationships with, responses to and narratives about our place in the natural world and within regional communities, wherever they may be.
When art, science and community come together it allows us to understand the complexity and sensitivities around social and ecological belonging. Art has the power to break down barriers, provoke conversations, and importantly, transcend the politics that too often dictate our regional futures.Kim V. Goldsmith
🗓 11 November 2021
A Mosses + Marshes International Panel Discussion is being held in partnership with Dubbo Regional Council on alternative ways of understanding and valuing special environments to help shape their future. Panelists from the UK and Australia will be in a facilitated discussion with provocations from guest video contributors and a live audience.
🗓 1 October 2021
🗓 14 October 2021
7PM AEDT/ 9AM GMT on ZOOM
Join Kim V. Goldsmith and Andrew Howe for an ARTIST TALK about MOSSES AND MARSHES, while it’s showing at Qube Gallery. Hear about the project, the works, the book and the project’s International Panel Discussion set down for 11 November. ** FREE EVENT, Register on Zoom by 14 October.
More of MOSSES AND MARSHES in EVENTS
This sound walk on Echoes is part of the MOSSES AND MARSHES project.
Download the Echoes app to your mobile to hear the Fenn’s Whixall Moss sound walk.
Make a tax deductible donation to the Australian Cultural Fund for the cost of a cup of coffee or two – weekly, fortnightly or monthly. $600 covers 10 hours of work for one artist. A donation of $10/month over a year helps cover accommodation and fuel for field trips, buy replacement batteries, SD cards or cables. It all helps our artists bring projects to you and makes you part of our community.
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“Kim is an example of what regional arts should be, not art just made regionally, but art that questions and challenges regionality as a limitation, that sees in its extreme the opportunity to be revelatory.”
JESSICA MOORE, DUBBO REGIONAL COUNCIL CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, 2019
KIM V. GOLDSMITH‘s digital media and installation practice is informed by her former professional life as a print/radio journalist, farmer, and communications specialist. She has a deep love for the land and the life forms that depend upon it. Kim’s art practice of the past two decades has consistently explored the complexities of human relationships with the environment.
Kim has been developing the use of digital media and sensory installation techniques since 2008/09, when she first investigated the use of digital media as part of a collaborative social ecology project with Peter E. Charuk and Gail Naden, facilitated by the Western Plains Cultural Centre (Dubbo NSW). The resulting 2009 exhibition Perspectives. Art. Ecology., was a turning point in her practice.
Over the past decade, she has exhibited in curated solo and group shows, pop-up public events, and contemporary art festivals including Cementa 2015 and 2019, Vivid Sydney’s Curve Ball event (2016), and Artlands 2016, and over the past four years, in international exhibitions with Arts Territory Exchange.
ecoPULSE was founded as an online platform in 2020 as a way of bringing together the process-driven projects Kim had been undertaking over several years, documenting that process and providing an opportunity for other artists to collaborate and be part of the ecoPULSE ecosystem.
Pictured on the cliff tops at the base of the Skagi peninsula, along the east coast of the Húnaflói, Iceland in 2019
Using a range of digital technologies, community consultations, research, storytelling and immersive installation, ecoPULSE Projects aim to consider and present new perspectives about the ecologies of rural and regional territories. We also love sharing our skills and knowledge. Our projects also include opportunities to learn from our artists and community experts.
- Simply start where you are when art making is a crushing choreMosses and Marshes is now 10 days out from opening its first showing at Qube Gallery, Oswestery UK on 1 October. Since July, there’s been a growing intensity around the development of words, sounds and images around this project, that’s had my UK collaborator Andrew Howe and I in daily. It’s the time for details. Self-madeContinue reading “Simply start where you are when art making is a crushing chore”
- The solace of creativity in times of crisisAt 5pm on Saturday 14 August, the State of New South Wales went into a COVID-19-responsive lockdown. The regional City of Dubbo and its local government area had already been under stay at home orders for three days on the back of growing active COVID cases; the region’s Indigenous population dangerously exposed. Sydney, our StateContinue reading “The solace of creativity in times of crisis”
- The power of the abstractTaking concrete ideas and making them abstract, or tangible values and pulling them apart to find the intangible, are processes my Mosses + Marshes partner Andrew Howe and I have been working through for the past two years. Research and reading copious pages of factual historical and scientific information on our respective wetland landscapes fuels the ideasContinue reading “The power of the abstract”
Connect + Contribute
If you’re an artist interested in collaborating on an ecoPULSE project, or initiating one of your own that you’d like to discuss, please connect.
If you’re a community with an interesting idea for an eco project that you’d like explore, please connect.
If you’re an organisation who would like to partner on a project, please connect.
Every story told invites connection. By contributing to an ecoPULSE project, you’re sharing your story not just with the project collaborators and partners, but with the world.
ecoPulse is always looking for contributions from communities, individuals, organisations to sharing the stories through digital media presentations.
ecoPULSE projects allow people from all walks of life to invest in art projects that contribute to conversations about our future.
In Australia, we use the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) to raise project funds through tax-deductible donations. We have about 50 generous individuals who have invested in our projects over the past three years through ACF.
For those unable to donate to ecoPULSE via our Australian Cultural Fund campaign platform, you can become an ecoPULSE Patron via Patreon (Patreon take 8% + A$1.50 to PayPal). Either way, we appreciate our donors and love to keep you in touch with updates on projects and invitations to our events and exhibitions.
Our projects are funded through a combination of self-raised funds, crowdfunding support by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund, and Government grants.
We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work across Australia and other First Nations countries, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.