The Botanical Gardens X-tension, (Remnant Emergency Artlab)

Armstrong, Keith M., Jeremijenko, Natalie, Barclay, Leah, Muller, James, Fry, Tony, Nelson, Ilka, Brain, Tega, & Boyle, Kirsty (2010) The Botanical Gardens X-tension, (Remnant Emergency Artlab). [Inter-arts]

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This film, website and gallery installation shown at UTS Gallery, Sydney, presented a glimpse into the foregrounding process of the REMNANT/EMERGENCY Artlab - held in Sydney in November 2010.

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ID Code: 43463
Item Type: Creative Work (Inter-arts)
Refereed: No
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The film firstly lays out an seemingly intractable problem of managing flying foxes in Sydney. In Australia flying foxes are yet another threatened species - and yet one which is ecologically essential because of their critical pollination and seed spreading services. These flying foxes (predominantly the grey headed species) congregate in large numbers to sleep during the day in the Sydney Botanical Gardens. Through the inadvertent mechanical damage caused by large numbers of foxes, they are damaging the heritage trees there.

The video suggests that, instead of the current solution which is to remove them all using industrial noise, that the idea/concept of what a Botanical Gardens should be extended - removing the separations between current institutions and acknowledging the immense ecological services the gardens provide beyond the conservation of plants.

Our provocative idea is to extend the gardens throughout the city - and to focus key developments in areas adjacent to the gardens - in this case a harbour front site called 'Barangaroo' - South of the Sydney Harbour Bridge - a current a hot topic of conversation in Sydney. What is envisaged there at the site is the development of a new ecological park - in essence an Xtension of the idea of a botanical gardens into one one that actively attracts the flying fox colony to it - by creating favourable conditions for the bats through a mix of vegetation and temporary perching/hanging structures. By welcoming them as the extraordinary ecological and tourist asset that they are - the bat migration nightly from Barangaroo becomes one of Sydney's most important and cherished tourist attractions.

The REMNANT/EMERGENCY Artlab was funded by the Australia Council InterArts ArtLab Program in 2010 and involves 22 months of rigorous research and experimentation in several countries. The process will be developed between a core transdisciplinary team of practicing media artists, designers and engineers where possible working in consultation and collaboration with local creatives at each venue. Our team asserts that today’s environmental crisis is underpinned by a deep cultural crisis - and so to get our ‘house in order’ we urgently need to create better and more powerful ‘images’ of what a ‘citizen-led’, sustainable world might be. This ArtLab’s core aim is therefore to begin to understand how to develop and create such ‘powerful images’.

Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Tania Creighton/Holly Williams
  • Lian Loke
  • Lizzie Muller
Funders: Australia Council InterArts Office, QUT CI, UTS/Participatory Design Conference, UTS Research Centres for Contemporary Design Practices and Human-Centred Technology Design
Material: HD Video, Printed media, performance, Various Media Forms
Measurements or Duration: N/a
Number of Pieces: 5
Publisher: UTS Gallery
Location: From date: To date:
UTS Gallery - Level 4 courtyard, 702 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia 2010-11-30 2010-12-11
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Keywords: New Environmental Arts Practice, Ecological arts, New media arts, Sustainability, New Environmental Arts Practice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified (190599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 21 Jul 2011 22:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:35

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