Wednesday 14 September
1-2pm, Black Theatre
Dr Laura Fisher is an arts researcher and sociologist currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Sydney College of the Arts. Her project ‘New Visions of the Rural’ is exploring the contribution artists are making in rural communities that are facing challenges such as depopulation, urgent environmental concerns and land use conflicts (eg. mining vs. agriculture). Case studies include the Yeomans Project and Cementa Festival in Australia, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan and the art/agriculture collective Kultivator in Sweden. Laura has recently returned from the Archstoyanie Festival of Landscape Objects in the Russian rural village of Nikola-Lenivets. It’s a Russian take on land art, but much else besides, and in this talk Laura will share what she learnt about why artists, architects and workers are drawn to contribute to this remarkable, out of the way Festival. If there’s time, Laura will also talk about an artist/farmer collaboration she is involved with in Kandos NSW, as part of the newly formed Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
Image: Nikolay Polissky + team: Universal Mind (2012)