Perdita Phillips – Sounding and thinking like an ecosystem (co-authored with Merle Patchett)

walking the Waste Land to the Point


Perdita Phillips is a Western Australian artist working across the media of walking, sound, installation, photography and digital media. Through her multi-disciplinary multi-media art practice she explores the mutual relationships between people and the nonhuman world. Over the past ten years she has worked on art projects drawn from, and co-produced with, termites, minerals, bowerbirds, rabbits, cane toads, salmon gum trees and thrombolites, amongst others. With a background in environmental science Phillips’ work is often complementary to, though not constrained by, scientific understanding. Indeed her work often focuses on matter(s) that exceed scientific understanding or which might not be considered logically sensible in order to recover a sense of astonishment or wonder often stripped from scientific interpretation.


sound art, walking, The Sixth Shore, The Summer Flurries, cusp, Waste Land, Walking the Waste Land to the Point, resilience walking, the walkingcountry, ecosystemic thinking.

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Perdita Phillips and Merle Patchett (2013) Sounding and thinking like an ecosystem. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. 27 114-128