PROJECT SPARE / SPARE ROOM Tuesday 4 February – Friday 28 February 2020
Posthuman PUBLICS curated by Fiona Hillary invited artists and researchers to engage in an interdisciplinary laboratory for the month of February to coincide with Rosi Braidotti’s inaugural visit to RMIT University, hosted by DERC and CAST.
Exploring the gallery as a laboratory for/of creative practice, a series of workshops, discussions and provocations provided space to think through and engage with key issues at the intersection of posthumanism, climate change and changing economies. Posthuman PUBLICS invited the following artists:
The Algae Society Bio Art Design Lab, Angela Clarke, Cath Clover, Byron Dean, Ceri Hann, Heather Hesterman, Anna Hickey-Moody, Fiona Hillary, Rebecca Najdowski, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis & Polly Stanton.
My contribution to Posthuman PUBLICS was CULTIVATE an interactive work involving the care, propagation and cultivation of seeds and tubestock growing for the duration of the project. Plant and seed species could be examined under the microscope, were germinated by participants, cared for and eventually gifted away to new homes. Species included: Murnong Yam Daisy (Microseris lanceolata), Hickory Wattle, Lightwood (Acacia implexa), Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata), Silver Spurflower (Plectranthus argentatus), Common correa (Correa reflexa var reflexa), Grey Saltbush(Atriplex cinerea) and Common tussock grass (Poa labillardiereri), among others. For a full list of species and cultivation notes see below.