Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

2020 Theme: Listening in the Anthropocene

Creative practice and multimedia artsmaking in response to a human influenced world

In 2020, Charles Sturt University Creative Practice Circle, in collaboration with Albury LibraryMuseum and Wagga Wagga City Council, will host a symposium and exhibition entitled Listening in the Anthropocene: Creative practice and multimedia artsmaking in response to a human influenced world.

The symposium, exhibition and resulting publication will explore the act and idea of "Listening in the Anthropocene" - listening to the land, to others, to difference, as encountered in embodied and virtual spaces. We ask how we might attempt to understand or interpret what is being said in languages we do not understand? How might we resist - even if just for a moment - adding our own noise to the noises of the neoliberal project of the anthropocene: the clashing music of the shopping mall; the voices of AI; sounds that invade us – how might we listen out, or tune in, to the small, the subtle, the unnoticed.

The main purpose of the successive events will be to harness the progressive work and ideas of the Creative Practice Circle. The group consists of mid-career researcher practitioners; early career researcher practitioners and higher degree students who use creative practice at various points in their research process – creative practice as research; creative practice as an object of study; creative practice as data collection; creative practice derived from research outcomes. Circle members work with visual art materials, natural objects, poetry, crochet, collage, textiles, radio and sound, found and made images.