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Artsource 6 x 6 talk on green art practices


Shades of Green

Artists and designers discuss their practices from an environmental perspective.

Speakers include: Catherine Higham / Holly Pepper / Fiona Gavino / Wilma van Boxtel / REMIDA / Perdita Phillips


The Sixth Shore network

6-8pm Tuesday 16 November 2010

$5 members, $10 public, MAX members free / Bookings: perth@artsource.net.au (08) 9226 2122

unruly ecologies


Time Title Speaker Affiliation
Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Northbridge
Western Australian Museum
16:00 Biodiversity tour of the galleries Western Australian Museum
Art Gallery of Western Australia Theatrette
18:30 Keynote 1: Gaia Theory and Biodiversity Bruce Clarke Professor of Literature and Science, Department of English, Texas Tech University
Saturday Law Lecture Theatre, room 106, Law Building, The University of Western Australia
9:45 REGISTRATION, tea and coffee, web display
10:00 Housekeeping and opening notes Oron Catts Artist and SymbioticA Director
10:25 Biodiversity and the Eye Gregory Pryor Artist and Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University
10:55 Title TBA Anas Ghadouani Associate Professor, School of Environmental Systems Engineering, The University of Western Australia
11:35 MORNING TEA, web display
11:50 Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Animals but Were Afraid to Ask Vegetables (talk by Skype) Timothy Morton Professor of English (Literature and the Environment), Department of English, University of California, Davis
12:35 LUNCH, web display
13:35 Keynote 2: Biodiversity through the years of our lives Jonathan Majer Professor of Invertebrate Conservation, Department of Agriculture and Environment, Curtin University
14:40 Interpreting Ecology in Fitzgerald Biosphere: Natural Patterns and OCBIL Theory Nathan McQoid Landscape Ecologist
15:15 AFTERNOON TEA, web display
15:30 Psychology, Water and the Rhetoric of Sustainability Geoff Syme Professor of Planning, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Edith Cowan University
16:00 Encountering biodiversity as a ‘matter of concern’ Lesley Instone Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Newcastle University British contemporary artists
16:30 Uncertainty in the City (talk by Skype) Snæbjörnsdóttir and Wilson British contemporary artists
Technoscience and Biodiversity Panel
17:25 Title TBA Oron Catts Artist and SymbioticA Director
17:40 Title TBA Hideo Iwasaki Artist and Associate Professor Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, Waseda University
17:55 A response to Catts and Iwasaki before opening up to audience questions Jane Calvert RCUK Academic Fellow, ESRC Centre for Innovation in Genomics, University of Edinburgh
18:15 Biodiversity and Art Summary Perdita Phillips Artist and Research Associate, SymbioticA
Sunday Lake Clifton/Herron Community Centre
9:45 REGISTRATION, tea and coffee
10:00 Thrombolites, stromatolites and other microbialites of Lake Clifton Kath Grey Chief Palaeontologist, Geological Survey WA, Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum
11:15 Science and Conservation Management Round Table Scientists/environmental engineers/managers introduce their work on Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park areas
12:15 LUNCH, further discussion
13:15 Biodiversity as a local issue TBA
13:45 Adaptation artist projects Oron Catts, Vyonne Walker, Annamarie Weldon, Perdita Phillips, Catherine Higham, and Carmel Wallace Adaptation Project, SymbioticA
14:15 Closing remarks and final questions TBA
14:25 Travel to thrombolite viewing platform Mt John
14:55 Thrombolite visit

Proposition 1: to collect what cannot be collected

You are asked to draw or write a response (no bigger than A4 size) to the question:

What cannot be collected?

You can be as brief/creative/practical/impractical as you like.

Post responses to:

Perdita Phillips
Lethologica Press
PO Box 747
Fremantle WA 6959

or email:



Deadline: to be in the exhibition “How does a network activate a public?” responses must reach Perdy by 12 November

The best 50 responses selected will be assembled into a photocopy book and distributed back to participants

The artwork will be exhibited in ‘How does a network activate a public?’ THE SOUTH PROJECT – AN EXHIBITION OF IDEAS 22 November to 5 December, West Wing, second level of Melbourne Central, www.westspace.org.au

The work was developed in response to the statement:  “As a network of arts and crafts practitioners, arts workers, writers, and others interested in culture in the southern hemisphere, The South Project asks: how can individuals and a community facilitate culture in public, and with the public?”

PhD Thesis featured at Leonardo Electronic Almanac

The fieldwork/fieldwalking PhD thesis has been featured as one of the top abstracts reviewed this year on the Leonardo Abstracts Service Database. A summary of the thesis has been published in LEA here:



Two exhibitions opening on Wednesday at gallery@central:

12 Aberdeen st Northbridge
t 08 9427 1318

Opening 6pm Wednesday 14 July
On show 12 – 31 July
Weekdays 10-4.45 and Saturdays 2-4.45

26 local artists were provided with a scroll of textured wall paper and asked to transform it into an original work. Print, draw or cut as they may, these 4 metre swatches are more than decoration, each one is modified in a unique way.

Works for sale are by artists, designers and photographers: P James Bryans, Cat Critch, Susanna Castleden, Harry Hummerston, Jo Darbyshire, Linda Banazis, Toogarr Morrison, Penny Bovell, Paul Uhlmann, Mark Datodi, Philippa Nikulinsky, Anna Dunnill, Eva Fernandez, Trevor6025/Emma McPike, Sue Codee, Gregory Pryor, Little Design Horse, Clare McFarlane, Alex Spremberg, Annabel Dixon, Marzena Topka, Perdita Phillips, David Turley, Caitlin Yardley, Brendan Hibbert, Rebecca Dagnall.

wallpaper show -- what to do with 52 cm x 392 cm

Curated by Thelma John and P James Bryans
The show is sponsored by Wall Candy Wall Paper

Gallery Central is proud to be a partner of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season
http://www.perthwinterarts.com.au/ [!sigh! broken link]

Happy Days
by P. James Bryans
Opening 6pm Wednesday 14 July
14 July – 31 July 2010
Wed to Fri 12 – 6pm  & Sat 2 – 4.45 from Wed 14 July to Sat 31 July
Showcase Gallery

Do you remember your childhood?
Do you remember what you saw?
Do you remember the feeling? The wonder, the innocence?
Do you remember everything or just the important bits?
For P. James Bryans it was a childhood full of daydreams, farm life and wonder of the bushland down the back block, the thousands of colours in a single blade of grass… the universe. Growing up on an idyllic farmlet he spent his days (after the animals had been fed) wandering through the bush and giving his imagination free reign. Now, as an adult, he aims to capture the fleeting moments that we treasure, imperfect and incomplete, but which we hold precious and which make us who we are.

Happy Days by James Bryans

Links to samples of A walk for the Sky (John Glenn’s Heartbeat)


A walk for the Sky (John Glenn’s Heartbeat) (2006) from Vade Mecum (see here too) — a combination of in situ recordings and found sound (files).

This 18 minute sound walk has been split into 4 files. Participants played the CD in a personal Walkman with headphones. The intention was to interdigitate the imaginary skies on the CD with the extant streets of Northbridge in the centre of Perth.

Glenn1: Exiting PICA into the Cultural Centre, clouds, weather, beginning of long thunder and rain sequence

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Glenn2: long thunder and rain sequence, climate change, Australian Prime Minister of the time (John Howard)

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Glenn3: — recommended track — how hot is it this summer? Long wave then upper atmosphere UHF whistlers

Glenn4: space 1950s and 1960s John Glenn’s heartbeat and return to PICA

latest article online

The volume 3 issue 2 of the Landscape journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language includes the article Clotted Life and Brittle Waters about the geology and geomorphology of Lake Clifton as part of The Sixth Shore project (also available for download under writings).

anybody in Scotland 7-10 May and interested in sound recording?

This outdoor sound recording workshop (ambient, birdcalls, frogs etc) is about to be canceled due to lack of interest — what a shame as I really wanted to go and will be in Scotland at the time. I’ve met Roger Boughton and he knows a lot about sound recording and it looks like a good workshop.

It runs from the evening of the 7th to the morning of the 10th May at a place called Kindrogan (north of Perth, Scotland)  — please get in contact with admin.kd@field-studies-council.org ASAP.


See the full details here: Wildlife Sound Recording workshop

plaster pav


A plaster pav for Faux Gateau.

faux gateau


faux gateau directions

continuum exhibition

I went to Midland yesterday to cut some paper on their guillotine and had a work in the car which is now in the following show. I have been teaching at Midland on and off since 2001.

Continuum opening Friday 30 October 2009, 6 – 9 pm

From early beginnings with the Midland Junction Technical Schools Art program through to the thriving of our current arts programs running at Swan TAFE Midland. As a mark of this we shall be holding our “Continuum – celebrating 100 years of arts training in Midland”.

Exhibition runs 30 October – 20 November Opening times 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday
Junction Gallery Swan TAFE Midland Campus, Lloyd Street Midland


continuum invite