Arts Practice and Intergenerational Equity: A Consilience Approach

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In late 2013 to early 2014 over a period of three long and dry summer months spanning December through February, three very significant life events took place. I moved house from the city of Wagga Wagga to the small rural community of Marrar in regional New South Wales, a place where for all intents and purposes, I knew no one, and had very little immediate kinship with. At the time of this move my first child was born, a transformational event for which there is very little in the way of words to describe, other than a knowing through being. To compound these alterations, as part of my ongoing desire for research dialogues, came a need to investigate the theoretical and practical means by which we come to understand a personal relationship with land, place and space. I commenced a practice-as-research focussed PhD with the University of Tasmania. It was a shifting of mindset away from a previous experience of landscape and place embedded in a discourse of the sublime, had been my Master of Arts Honours, to a conversational relationship with the familiar. I had the overwhelming feeling that I needed to know more about how we come to understand and relate to place/s, and how to communicate those understandings to others, particularly a sense of environmental stewardship, a kind of working within nature (not with, but inside of its means), not just for me, but for my family, and my communities.

Testing of broad, but lived interdisciplinary knowledge through practice is proposed to result in a dialectical method, a procedural meshwork towards critical practice in action, simplified; a physical rendering of potentials for change production. This change production is the commitment to ‘communicating understandings on an individual and community level’ and in engaging community in meaningful environmental stewardship discourse towards an arts practice, located and responding to place for intergenerational equity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventLand Dialogues Conference 2016 - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Duration: 13 Apr 201615 Apr 2016 (conference program)


ConferenceLand Dialogues Conference 2016
CityWagga Wagga
OtherThe inaugural Land Dialogues Conference three days of presentations of interdisciplinary scholarship by researchers working in dialogue with, within or about land. The conference covers diverse and divergent approaches to the key thematic phrase ‘Land Dialogues’ and especially encourage interdisciplinary attitudes to place/space and human/non-human convergence discourses.
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