Relationships: art as social practice

-ing essay by Nien Schwarz

-ing, an essay by Nien Schwarz

An essay on the -ing project about carrying and weeding that was undertaken as part of the know thy neighbour project by Spaced. Deliberately, however slowly, Phillips’ projects such as –ing cultivate a sense of belonging and caring. –ing inspires awareness of natural networks and systems beneath our individual and collective ecological footprint. –ing interrogates …

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water being tipped into an aquarium

carry me, join me

participatory project reconnecting wetlands in central Perth. In collaboration with 8 humans and 22 waterbodies

weed pull (ouch!)


A performative event about weeds: the difficulties of maintenance

handkerchiefs on a table

doing so that (tie a knot in it, the world is a handkerchief, a pile of promises)

Exchange project with 250 handkerchiefs. Part of the .–. / .- / .- penguin anticipatory archive project that was was based around the Little Penguin colony at Manly, Sydney. Each handkerchief had a label with the words: .– …. .- – / -.. — . … / .- / .–. . -. –. ..- .. -. / .– .- -. – They could be taking by the audience, but in order to accept a handkerchief participants were asked to make an assurance

things transferred (difficult questions raised by complex systems) by Perdita Phillips

things transferred (difficult questions raised by complex systems)

Attendees of the Environmental Utterances Conference in Cornwall were invited to interact with a series of questions and images about nonhuman communication and knowing your local place. These were printed on placemats at the conference’s main meal event. The meal proceeded, comments were registered and the placemats were mailed back in Australia.

chimeric portrait by Perdita Phillips

Chimeric Portraits

Inkjet print on archival paper. In these works four anonymous staff/students at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences were interviewed about their work and studies, their contact with animals and their private goals and dreams. The works were hung opposite four photographs of their workplaces so that viewers attempted to puzzle out which office belonged to which person