Exhibitions link art to research

Artistic collaborations between flying foxes and humans, live sound streams from the Amazon rainforest, and stories from the traditional keepers of K’gari (Fraser Island) are among the various works currently on display in two new exhibitions at USC Art. Gallery.

Sites of Connection features work by Leah Barclay, Bloom Collective, Donna Davis, Alinta Krauth and Emma Lindsay in response to environmental research. Exhibition co-curator and gallery director Megan Williams said the exhibition aims to engage and educate the public about important ecological ideas and issues.

“There are many factors that threaten the health of our planet, including climate change, extinctions and environmental degradation,” Ms. Williams said.

“Research is crucial to tackle these problems. However, sometimes the research can be difficult to understand.

Alinta Krauth’s interaction with bats uses feeding mechanisms that send signals that create things like brushstrokes or words when bats make specific movements.

Leah Barclay’s Biosphere Soundscapes: Holocene, 2021 is an immersive audio experience featuring sounds from places as diverse as Mexico, the Amazon, and the Noosa River.

“This is why the artists in this exhibition are extraordinary. They use creativity to explore these important ideas and help the audience connect with important topics such as carbon cycles and climate change, soil erosion, rehabilitation of wildlife, biodiversity and loss of land. cash, ”Ms. Williams said. The other exhibition, Reading Between the Lines: Uncovering Butchulla History in the K’gari Research Archive, is an audiovisual installation exploring the hidden stories of the traditional guardians of K’gari.

It was hosted by Gympie’s wife Butchulla Rose Barrowcliffe, who was recently appointed by the state government as the First Nations Archives Advisor to the Queensland State Archives.

The installation is a creative review of her doctoral research to shed light on the histories of the Butchulla people hidden in the K’gari Research Archives, a collection held by USC that traces the island’s history of colonization. to its worldwide recognition as World Heritage. to place.

“Archives can play an important role in revealing the truth,” she said. “This curation explores how we can look at these historical collections with fresh eyes to find and record the experiences and perspectives of First Nations people. “

Both exhibitions will be on display until October 30 at the USC Art Gallery in Sippy Downs. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed on public holidays). Free entry.

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