Bush Ladies Clowning Around, or Recalling The Unseen Infrastructures of Water


Performance and exhibition closing on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 2-4 PM at CARPARK, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Be prepared to sing along, to drink spirits, and to wail if that be the feeling or simply come hear the stories of the undying elementals, the tumultuous microplastic, and the flowers that sustain our drift along the water column.

Twenty days ago, we left with itching questions for sacred sites. Taking to the long roads that lured us north, we followed hydrological lines to the headwaters of the Murray-Darling river system, then to tropical creeks flowing towards the mangrove shores where one of us was conceived. We crossed the Coral Sea to Yunbenun, and descended into the marine ecosystems. There, at the base of the food web, we sang. This tune amongst others travels back with us to Brisbane.

At first, the language of oracles can be foreign. But if one attunes for long enough the oracle opens up and begins to guide the seeker.

Ensayos honours the traditional custodians of the lands and waters were we roam and learn, including the Selk’nam, Yaghan, Kawéskar and Haush peoples of Tierra del Fuego and the Yuggera, Jagera, Turrbal, Quandamooka, Bidjara, Karingal, Gooreng Gooreng, Tarabalang and Wulgurukaba people of Queensland.

We give special thanks to Freja, Sonja and Glynn Carmichael, Sharon Jewell, Dale Harding, Helen Franzmann and Denny Ryan, Kathy and Peter Franzmann, Kyle Weiss, Lawrence English, Christine Black, Mary Graham, Carol and Trent Vincent, Lynne van Herwerden, Carl van Wyk, Jacques van Wyk, Anita Holtsclaw, and James Cook University.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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