CREATIVE ECOLOGIES

a one day workshop on art, science and community collaboration in the Anthropocene

The cairns institute 10am - 5pm, March 16, 2018 

3-5pm sessions video-linked to Townsville ATSIP building (145), Seminar Room (030)

 

9.30: Registration and coffee, upstairs Foyer

10 -12:00  "An artist, a farmer and a scientist walked into a bar..." with Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams D003-149*

Lunch

1-2:30:  Plaiting Perspectives Transdisciplinary connection-making with Helen Ramoutsaki D003-149*

Afternoon tea

3-4:00  Creative Ecologies in the Anthropocene Discussion with Professor Iain McCalman D003-054 and video-linked to  Townsville campus, (Building 145, Room 030)

4-5:00 Creative Ecologies Forum with Gavin Singleton, Iain McCalman, Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams and Jennifer Deger

D003-054 and video-linked to Townsville campus, (Building 145, Room 030)

5.15-6.30: Plasticine Marine exhibition opening with Matt Wheldon from Tangaroa Blue and Prof Iain Gordon,Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, JCU. The Cairns Institute Foyer

* PLEASE NOTE THAT PLACES IN THE MORNING AND FIRST AFTERNOON SESSION ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE BOOK WITH MAXINE NEWLANDS TO ENSURE A SPACE. maxine.newlands@jcu.edu.au

For further information contact Jennifer Deger jennifer.deger@jcu.edu.au or Maxine Newlands maxine.newlands@jcu.edua.au

PRESENTERS

Professor Iain McCalman   Professor Iain Duncan McCalman AO, FRHistS, FASSA, FAHA, FRNSW, was born in Nyasaland (Malawi), Africa, was schooled in Zimbabwe, and earned his BA, MA and PhD in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia. He was awarded the Inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University in 1994, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities. He is a Fellow of four Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995-2002. Iain, a former Federation Fellow, is currently a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His award-winning book,  The Reef – A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Chang e (2014, 2016), was published by Penguin in Australia and  by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux/Scientific American in the USA.  More details at  http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/person/professor-iain-mccalman/  and  http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/

Professor Iain McCalman

Professor Iain Duncan McCalman AO, FRHistS, FASSA, FAHA, FRNSW, was born in Nyasaland (Malawi), Africa, was schooled in Zimbabwe, and earned his BA, MA and PhD in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia. He was awarded the Inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University in 1994, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities. He is a Fellow of four Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995-2002. Iain, a former Federation Fellow, is currently a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His award-winning book, The Reef – A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change (2014, 2016), was published by Penguin in Australia and  by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux/Scientific American in the USA.

More details at http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/person/professor-iain-mccalman/ and http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/

Dr Lucas Ihlein    Lucas Ihlein is an artist and ARC DECRA Research Fellow in Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. His research uses socially-engaged art to explore cultural innovations in farming, principally in the sugar cane industry in Central Queensland. Lucas is a founding member of the group Kandos School of Cultural Adapation (KSCA), which in 2019-19 is developing a new project called "An artist, a farmer and a scientist walked into a bar..."   More details at  http://www.sugar-vs-the-reef.net/  and  http://www.watershedmackay.land/       

Dr Lucas Ihlein

Lucas Ihlein is an artist and ARC DECRA Research Fellow in Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. His research uses socially-engaged art to explore cultural innovations in farming, principally in the sugar cane industry in Central Queensland. Lucas is a founding member of the group Kandos School of Cultural Adapation (KSCA), which in 2019-19 is developing a new project called "An artist, a farmer and a scientist walked into a bar..."


More details at http://www.sugar-vs-the-reef.net/ and http://www.watershedmackay.land/

 

 

Kim Williams   Kim Williams is a practising artist of over thirty years’ experience, working with multimedia installation, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, where she completed a Research Masters in Creative Arts (2012), looking at the impact of climate change on the Darling River. In collaboration with her PhD supervisor Dr Lucas Ihlein, Kim is currently working on socially engaged, collaborative art projects with an environmental focus.  Sugar vs the Reef?  looks at grass-roots agricultural innovation amongst the sugarcane-farming community of Mackay.  Mapping the Islands  researches collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches to pressing environmental issues on the Great Barrier Reef.  Waterways of the Illawarra  brings attention to the neglected streams of Wollongong through a community-based program of creek walks.  More details at  http://www.kimwilliams.com.au/  and  http://www.sugar-vs-the-reef.net/  

Kim Williams

Kim Williams is a practising artist of over thirty years’ experience, working with multimedia installation, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, where she completed a Research Masters in Creative Arts (2012), looking at the impact of climate change on the Darling River. In collaboration with her PhD supervisor Dr Lucas Ihlein, Kim is currently working on socially engaged, collaborative art projects with an environmental focus. Sugar vs the Reef? looks at grass-roots agricultural innovation amongst the sugarcane-farming community of Mackay. Mapping the Islands researches collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches to pressing environmental issues on the Great Barrier Reef. Waterways of the Illawarra brings attention to the neglected streams of Wollongong through a community-based program of creek walks.

More details at http://www.kimwilliams.com.au/ and http://www.sugar-vs-the-reef.net/ 

Gavin Singleton   Gavin Singleton is from the Yirrganydji Traditional Owner Group of the coast between Cairns and Port Douglas, North Queensland. He is a Project Officer for the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation who are administering the Yirrganydji Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) and Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program for the Cairns Region. Gavin was involved in the development of the TUMRA as well as a Sea Country Strategic Plan for the Yirrganydji Traditional Owner Group Community. In 2012, he was selected as a messenger for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to attend the Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum (and Convention on Biodiversity) in India. Gavin sits on the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and recently completed an Honours Degree from Curtin University.

Gavin Singleton

Gavin Singleton is from the Yirrganydji Traditional Owner Group of the coast between Cairns and Port Douglas, North Queensland. He is a Project Officer for the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation who are administering the Yirrganydji Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) and Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program for the Cairns Region. Gavin was involved in the development of the TUMRA as well as a Sea Country Strategic Plan for the Yirrganydji Traditional Owner Group Community. In 2012, he was selected as a messenger for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to attend the Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum (and Convention on Biodiversity) in India. Gavin sits on the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and recently completed an Honours Degree from Curtin University.

Dr Helen Ramoutsaki   Helen Ramoutsaki is a performing poet, storyteller and educator based in Far North Queensland, where the unique environment of the Wet Tropics Region has become one of her great fascinations. Her poetry-in-performance project  Wet: an appetite for the tropics  synchronises spoken word with photojournalistic images to evoke the experience of living among sugar cane farms, rainforests and crocodile rivers through the shifting moods of tropical wet and dry seasons. Helen has been performing her original work at festivals, open mics, slams and in theatres for many years. In 2011 she was the  Prole  magazine Prole Laureate and Woodford Folk Festival’s Poet of the Week, going on to win the One Minute Poet’s Brawl in 2012. In 2015 she gave a TEDx talk at James Cook University Cairns and participated in the Tropics>Tropics arts tour to Johor Bahru in Malaysia. However, the geckos that bounce across the ridges and valleys of her keyboard claim credit for all of this and any of her works that get any attention. For more see  www.helenr.com  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njMKPYaWiiE

Dr Helen Ramoutsaki

Helen Ramoutsaki is a performing poet, storyteller and educator based in Far North Queensland, where the unique environment of the Wet Tropics Region has become one of her great fascinations. Her poetry-in-performance project Wet: an appetite for the tropics synchronises spoken word with photojournalistic images to evoke the experience of living among sugar cane farms, rainforests and crocodile rivers through the shifting moods of tropical wet and dry seasons. Helen has been performing her original work at festivals, open mics, slams and in theatres for many years. In 2011 she was the Prole magazine Prole Laureate and Woodford Folk Festival’s Poet of the Week, going on to win the One Minute Poet’s Brawl in 2012. In 2015 she gave a TEDx talk at James Cook University Cairns and participated in the Tropics>Tropics arts tour to Johor Bahru in Malaysia. However, the geckos that bounce across the ridges and valleys of her keyboard claim credit for all of this and any of her works that get any attention.
For more see www.helenr.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njMKPYaWiiE

A/Prof Jennifer Deger  Jennifer is an anthropologist, filmmaker and Theme Leader Creativity and Innovation at The Cairns Institute. She is co-director of Feral Atlas, a digital environmental humanities project with AURA, Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene.  More details at:  http://anthropocene.au.dk/   http://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/researchers/jennifer-deger/

A/Prof Jennifer Deger

Jennifer is an anthropologist, filmmaker and Theme Leader Creativity and Innovation at The Cairns Institute. She is co-director of Feral Atlas, a digital environmental humanities project with AURA, Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene.

More details at: http://anthropocene.au.dk/ http://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/researchers/jennifer-deger/

 

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