Pulse of the Wetland, 2019 –
Pulse of the Wetland investigates the recovery of the Macquarie Marshes from prolonged drought and fire, presenting the findings not only to the communities who are invested and part of its ecology but an international audience. It builds on the work done over the past decade in previous projects, using a process of enquiry through research, community consultation, storytelling and observation. This project is part of Mosses and Marshes. Project updates are available on the blog. More information
Mosses and Marshes, 2019 –
Mosses + Marshes spans two countries – the UK and Australia, both with Ramsar listed wetlands of international importance, and brings together artists, land managers and scientists to reimagine the future of these landscapes and the place they have in our communities.
Artists Andrew Howe (Shropshire, UK) and Kim V. Goldsmith (NSW, Australia) came together in 2018 as part of the international art programme, (Arts) Territory Exchange (aTE), having both worked for decades outside their practices in the natural resources and environment sector. They’re now preparing to present their work internationally through exhibitions and a book, supported by public events. In mid-2021, the artists contributed works from Mosses and Marshes to an aTE travelling exhibition.
Sonic Territories: Galari, 2020 –
Sampling sounds (and video) from the headwaters of the Galari (Lachlan River) to the Great Cumbung Swamp, Sonic Territories: Galari builds a sonic narrative about the development of the river from pre-colonial to contemporary times. The project was initiated during a residency at the CORRIDOR project, Cowra in August and October 2020.
This project will be further developed in 2022. Project updates are available on the blog.
The Power of Sound, 2021 –
The Power of Sound is a 3-part course made up of a series of online and face-to-face workshops extending the idea of deep, active listening to the environment with the use of technology, and gaining a greater understanding of the use field recordings to create sound art, music, and soundtracks for videos. It was piloted with the Mudgee Aboriginal Land Council in 2021, with support from the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) through Orana Arts. The course was delivered with the assistance of digital media artist and sound engineer, Stephan de Wit van der Merwe. A compilation track from the pilot field trip was released on World Listening Day 2021. More information
The following projects were not ecoPULSE facilitated projects but they did form the foundation of what was to become ecoPULSE, based on principles of empowering regional artists to investigate issues impacting the communities they are part of, collaborations, and the presentation of new perspectives.
Eye of the Corvus: Messenger of Truth, 2018 – 20
Eye of the Corvus: Messenger of Truth presents the landscape of rural NSW and remote Iceland from the perspective of corvids (ravens and crows), informed by scientific understandings, observations, field recordings, and folkloric Icelandic and Wiradjuri stories of the birds. As a project that included a two-month residency in Iceland, and resulting exhibition, it questions what might be revealed about the current state and future of our world. See the Eye of the Corvus website
Volucres was installed at the national regional arts festival and conference, Artlands 2016, inside a church hall in the centre of Dubbo. An immersive work, a looped soundtrack of piano chords and hard-edged synth layers with Australian native birdsong recordings and sound effects (rain and thunder), accompanied by large-scale abstracted, monochromatic, avian-inspired animations of murmurations, unfolding wingspans, animated birds and falling feathers. The work was developed over six months in collaboration with sound engineer, Wez Thompson, and animator/video producer, Peter Aland. More information
#bringtolightprojects, 2014 – 2017
#bringtolightprojects is about shining a light on the power and delight of contemporary art in regional Australia. It’s not an exhibition and it’s not a festival. It provides regionally-based artists working in multi-media, digital media, installation, projection, filmmaking, sound, performance, hybrid art and art forms not invented yet, a chance to try something different; to maybe collaborate with another artist or simply do something they haven’t done before; and bring art to the people by taking contemporary art outside the walls of the gallery, presenting it in unexpected places and encouraging interaction with the work. Over three annual events, 11 artists from across regional NSW participated, reaching hundreds of people through events held in the centre and peripheries of regional towns, State Forests, town parks, cafes and libraries. See the #bringtolightprojects website
The Coming of Age Project, 2008/09 & 2014
The Coming of Age Project was a six month project documented through blog posts and video interviews exploring issues of art and social ecology, in particular the value placed on the environment by regional communities. Through the project and resulting Western Plains Cultural Centre commissioned exhibition – Perspectives. Art. Ecology. alongside Peter E. Charuk and Gamilarray/Weilwan and Wiradjuri artist, Gail Naden, the project sought to paint a picture of what the environment may look like by 2030 in light of climate change. The community video interview component was revisited in 2014. The Coming of Age Project on blogspot (2009), The Coming of Age video interviews (2009), The Coming of Age video interviews as part of Cementa Festival residency (2014)