Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first sovereign owners of this unceded country. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and becoming.
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A Plant is a Community
Mount Coot Tha Rd
When we regard a plant, we usually only see what’s above the surface: stems, trunks, branches, leaves, buds and flowers. But there’s so much more below ground – intricate nets of roots, radicles and fungal bodies through which water, nutrients, knowledge and community flows. Plants are always connected, always talking and listening to each other, even in the most constructed of landscapes. A plant knows and makes worlds; it is always in communication with others. Through root-listening, through practices of sharing words, time - and seeds - can we cultivate a vegetable-based consciousness?
Uncle Des Sandy, who is the senior elder for the Yuggera Nation, will reflect on place and plants in Mt Coot-tha.
Traditional Owner Dr Robert Anderson AOM, Bob Anderson, who is a Ngugi elder, will offer some reflections.
Derek Oram Sandy from Yerongpan dancers will give a short performance.
Dr Glenda Harward-Nalder will talk about the Tradition of walking in the footsteps of Ancestors, and discuss her collaborative project with Libby Harward, Ngugi Bajara (Footsteps).
Libby Harward, who is a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka, will share findings, analysis and thoughts from her research residency at the Botanical Gardens site. Libby will lead an artist walk to visit her works throughout the Gardens, including a performance at the Tropical Dome. Through her practice of Gangga (a Yugambeh/Bundjalung word that best translates as “to call out and to hear simultaneously”), and Ganggalanji which extends this action to thinking, she will reflects on the colonial practices of planting for a controlled aesthetic, and how it interacts with the inter-relationship of the flora and fauna that already occupies country. It is Libby’s intention to utilise sound and language to understand some things about the interactions and what they might be communicating in an under-heard sovereign dialogue about colonisation, display, danger, and resistance.
Libby and Glenda are descendants of Junobin of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), through their Great Grandmother, Rose Gonzales-Campbell, whose Tribal name, Wijumbaregun, relates her to the Black Dolphin. The tribes of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka are known as Yulu-burri-bah – people of the sand and sea places. Mulgumpin and Minjerribah are two of the three largest sand islands in the world.
The world’s leading plant bioacoustic scientist, Monica Gagliano (Perth) will give a reading and thoughts from her latest book, the phyto-biography Thus Spoke the Plant (North Atlantic Books; 2018).
Leah Barclay will respond to Monica’s book with a locative sound installation exploring the acoustic ecology beneath the surface of the soil. Accessible by mobile devices, the installation will include live streams with microphones buried (‘planted’) deep in the ground beneath the Botanic Gardens site.
Renata Buziak’s phyto-graphic abstractions will offer alchemical readings making the sign language of plants legible to human perception.
Throughout the day, Mutual Making (Caitlin Franzmann and Dhana Merritt) will generate a space for plant thinking and the creation and sharing of plant wisdom and experiences over conversation, divination, and tea-drinking.
Michelle Xen with Shane Rudken’s proto-scientific meditation on plant-being stems from investigating amplified root systems and native insect sounds. Michelle's sensuous sonic camouflage will sympathetically sound eco-sexual plant systems via submersion in subterranean subterfuge.
Primitive Motion (Leighton Craig and Sandra Selig) will invite audiences into their sun-drenched secret garden of sound.
Please note: Meet at the Lychee Lawn at 1:00 for 1:30 start. This is a free event. No bookings or reservations are necessary but seating is limited; we recommend you bring a picnic blanket. We walk from Lychee Lawn to the Tropical Dome and back to the Lychee Lawn over the course of the event. The Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are wheelchair accessible.This project has been supported by Brisbane City Council’s Creative Sparks program.
Delivered as part of Co-MMotion: Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2018.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
A Plant is a Community is curated by Liquid Architecture co-Artistic Director Danni Zuvela, and is a collaboration between Liquid Architecture and people + artist + place (Jenna Green and Marisa Georgiou) and forms part of Liquid Architecture’s investigation, Why Listen to Plants.
sound artist, researcher and acoustic ecologist
re-calling - re-hearing - re-mapping - re-contextualising - de-colonising and re-instating on country that which was denied
developing an image making process- the biochrome
Kernels of truth