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LISA ROBERTS & BILL GLADSTONE
TITLE: OCEANIC BLISS
DATE: WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 2016 at 6.30PM
Drawing inspiration from the marine environment that encircles Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, we create this installation to inspire recognition of our links with the ocean, and to celebrate a choreography common to all life. From Antarctica to Sydney, drifting, circling, and spiralling life forms rely on energy that ultimately comes from light captured by microscopic phytoplankton and other marine plants- the base of the complex global food web that includes us.
Lisa is a visual artist and interactive author with expertise in animating data and human gestures. Since childhood she has danced and drawn the primal forms she knows from living with ancient forests in Australia, from practising German expressionist dance, and from working with scientists as an artist in Antarctica.
Bill is a marine biologist and photographer with a lifelong fascination with marine life. He contributes to management and conservation of marine biodiversity, to understanding the different and similar ways artists and scientists respond to the same environment, and the ways we can each depict and describe these experiences.
About Ku-ring-gai pH Project
Project partners Eramboo Artist Environment, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Manly Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to announce the artists and scientists involved in the ground-breaking Ku-ring-gai pH: art + science project.
Curators Susan Milne (Eramboo) and Katherine Roberts (MAG&M) were delighted by the responses to the concept of this project and the high level of conceptual engagement with the ideas and possibilities it presents. The level of interest in participating in Ku-ring-gai pH was a testament to the level of connection felt to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the theme of art and science which so clearly resonates within our community.
A wide range of areas of scientific study will be represented in the project and the outcomes with collaborating artists will include installation, film, drawing, painting, sound and sculpture.
As Australia’s second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP) is heritage-listed and combines important history with diverse, natural beauty. Winding creeks and stretches of ocean meet rainforest and eucalypts, rocky cliffs and mangroves, and significant Aboriginal sites. Ku-ring-gai pH is a major collaborative project that will result in experimental installations at Eramboo in April 2016, and culminate in a major exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in December 2016. Access to Eramboo’s studio space and grounds will be available for the development of works. Artist and professional fees will be offered. Curated by Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Susan Milne, Eramboo Artist Environment.
The Collaborative Groups
First Collaboration Session on 31st October 2015
It was great to see how the artists and scientists are getting to know each other on this first collaboration day.
PROJECT VISION & VALUES
- Celebrate the unique natural environment, cultural heritage and scientific values of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP).
- Provide an opportunity for artists and scientists to collaborate creatively through an innovative cultural project.
- Raise awareness of the KCNP and surrounding environs for future protection and utilisation.
- Provide a platform for relationship building through the Arts and Environment.
- Create a regional partnership between the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW, Eramboo Artist Environment and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.
Ku-ring-gai pH on Instagram
Follow all 10 projects through Instagram, the artists and scientist will post images and short videos on the process of their project.
(image feed gets updated every 24 hours)