Wednesday 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Dr. Eben Kirksey
An investigation of organisms and eco-systems intervened by technology, this month’s Experimenta Social brings together artists and anthropologists alike. Exploring living relationships through bio-art practises, our speakers offer their perspectives on how these systems intrinsically exist, evolve and challenge the structure of life itself.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Peta Clancy is a descendant of the Bangerang people from Southeastern Australia. She is a visual artist who has investigated the intersection of art and biological processes. Her practice has expanded into mediums such as photography, performance, bio-art, sculpture and video. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture, Koorie Heritage Trust Residency Grant to research massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung and Bangerang country. As part of an on-going collaboration with artist Helen Pynor, she has also created a performance-based installation called ‘The Body is a Big Place’, which refers to the capacity for parts of the human body to traverse vast geographic, temporal and interpersonal distances during organ transplantation processes. She is a lecturer at MADA at Monash University, Melbourne.
Dr. Eben Kirksey is best known for his work in multispecies ethnography—a field that mixes ethnographic, historical, ethological and genetic methods to study spaces where humans and other species meet. Often collaborating with bio-artists and scientists, Dr Kirksey is an editor and curator who has published two books—Freedom in Entangled Worlds (2012) and Emergent Ecologies (2015)—as well as one edited collection: The Multispecies Salon (2014).
IMAGE CREDIT: ‘The Body is a Big Place’, by Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor (2011). Installation photographs: Geordie Cargill, Peta Clancy, Helen Pynor