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Outback Ecologies is a creative collaboration between James Farley and Jacob Raupach, both emerging Wagga Wagga based artists. This project aims to utilise their unique skillsets as photographic artists to explore new methodologies in collaborative practice by investigating links between energy and cultural transformation in post-industrial communities.
The project will begin with a self-directed research residency in Broken Hill to engage with archives relating specifically to Broken Hill’s unique industrial, social and environmental history. Broken Hill was chosen for its national significance and unique history which is currently in a period of transformation. Jacob and James are interested in exploring new narratives towards cultural transition, away from extractive/production/labour based economies of the past, towards a sustainable post-industrial future of coexistence for all. This is both timely and relevant, not just for Broken Hill, but many regional communities in Australia and beyond.
This project is the first step in what will be an ongoing ecological and post-industrial critique. Over the next 12 months, James and Jacob will be continuing their practice-based research into energy and cultural transformation in Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Melbourne, Beijing, and Berlin. Outcomes from this project currently include an exhibition at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2019, and a series of independent publications through the independent imprint, Currency Editions. We are hoping to develop further partnerships and explore further options for public outcomes throughout the duration of the project.