We are excited to announce that KSCA is working with the Space, Place and Country research cluster from Sydney College of the Arts, Cementa Inc. and Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO) at University of Wollongong, to stage Futurelands II, a public forum in Kandos, NSW, November 11 to 13, 2016.
The weekend will bring together artists, writers, agricultural innovators, ecological scientists, environmental activists, Indigenous custodians and the broader community to explore our changing relationship to land and the emerging art forms that are engaging with it. Among the confirmed speakers is Bunarong, Tasmanian and Yuin man, Bruce Pascoe, whose historical account of pre-contact Indigenous farming practices and aquaculture, Dark Emu, was recently awarded NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Book of the Year.
Futurelands II will also mark the establishment of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA), a collaboration between Alex Wisser, Ian Milliss, Ann Finnegan, Lucas Ihlein, Diego Bonetto, Gilbert Grace and Laura Fisher. Having recently been awarded an Australia Council grant, KSCA’s first project will be a landed artists’ residency that grants artists who work with ecological phenomena and agricultural innovation access to land to make long term projects.
Gilbert Grace (SCA MFA) will be resident artist at Marloo in 2016/2017, a farm that is currently being rehabilitated by farmer and educator, Stuart Andrews, using the Natural Sequence Farming method developed by his father Peter Andrews. Grace will be growing a crop of hemp for the production of hempcrete, an alternative to concrete, formerly the key industry of Kandos.
If you are interested in attending Futurelands II or want further information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.