Art, activism and cultural change

So basically this post is me wrapping my head around ideas around how artistic practices can help in political and cultural movements. I have always, always hated when people ask “so what’s your theory of change?” Mostly because it sounds like the most wonky crap I’ve ever heard and almost always comes from someone whoContinue reading “Art, activism and cultural change”

The expansion of a moment, millions of years in the making

Swimming over sea grass is one of my favourite things to do. A meadow of sea grass can change direction with such totality with even a small wave. Where I swim most with seagrass, at Bronte Beach on Bidjiagal and Gadigal land, the seagrass meadow is on a shallow, rocky reef which sees decent surfContinue reading “The expansion of a moment, millions of years in the making”

Comics design experiments: Weeks 1-4 Reflections

Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing exercises set by Pat to better understand the role of design principles in how to build and analyse comics. So far, we’ve covered the following topics – some with an accompanying comic, others just by look at other’s works. Week 1: Core principles of design and howContinue reading “Comics design experiments: Weeks 1-4 Reflections”

Play in regeneration

Human-fostered ecosystem and biological regeneration is vital and rewarding work. All over the world, people come together to create joy by nourishing the ecosystems around them – planting trees, fertilising the soil from fire, seaweed or compost. They’re even re-introducing lost species and allowing them to regenerate ecosystems to suit their needs. The work ofContinue reading “Play in regeneration”

Rewilding: Preliminary findings

Rewilding is the concept of taking a denuded or human-damaged landscape and reintroducing native plants and animals that used to occupy the land. The reintroduction of beavers to waterways across the UK has transformed the way that water is flowing across the island, and is allowing ecosystems that were previously imperilled to recover. In placesContinue reading “Rewilding: Preliminary findings”

Autoethnography and arts based qualitative research

Autoethnography is the practice of generating knowledge from a researcher’s lived experience. Where the telling of an autobiographic narrative feeds into the framework of the research questions a person is asking. The medium in which the researcher tells the story is important – whether its written in prose, poetry; whether it’s danced or drawn –Continue reading “Autoethnography and arts based qualitative research”

Resisting extinction and design fictions

Writing analysis on graphic narratives of extinction, as well as camping on the firegrounds of Nymboida Country (Gumbaynggirr) has led to some evolutions and clarity in my approach to design research. When I did The Forage I engaged with a materiality in my work that included using colours and collages of the place I wasContinue reading “Resisting extinction and design fictions”