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Field Trip Symposium

Field Trip - Arts, Science, Tech and Environment Symposium

Aug 08 2020

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A huge thanks again to everyone who helped make the Field Trip Symposium such a big success! We are currently processing all the amazing content from the day into session videos. Login (or Register) to review the day's streaming content, and connect with all the presenters and delegates. Registered Field Trip members will be notified when new content is uploaded and follow up events and actions announced. Stay tuned!!

The Field Trip Team

Field Trip is an online national research symposium featuring creative practice at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. The symposium will traverse the continent exploring the ethics of interdisciplinary art and the role of creativity in reimagining the future. 

The event features some of Australia’s leading artists and includes keynote presentations, panels, interactive artworks and participatory experiences that explore the possibilities of presenting ecologically engaged creative work in virtual environments. Download the program here. 

Field Trip is a joint initiative produced by Horizon Festival, Arts Front, USC and the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Sunshine Coast

Saturday, 8th August, 2020

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9:00am - 9:15am

Welcome to Country - Gubbi Gubbi Dance - Lyndon Davis.

+ Introduction to the Arts Front Field Trip Platform - Feral Arts + Leah Barclay

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9:15am - 9:45am

Dr. Sarah Jane Moore will discuss her 2019 ANAT On Country residency.
Session Chair - Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan

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9:45am - 10:45am

9:45am – 10:45am | IN CONVERSATION | Bianca Beetson and Libby Harward | Alex Kelly and Jen Rae
Session Chair: Leah Barclay

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11:00am - 11:30am

11:00am – 11:10am | Exploring Jinibara country with an immersive walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve | Jason Murphy

11:10am – 11:20am | Tektite 2020: 50th Anniversary of the first all-women subsea habitat crew | Sarah Jane Pell

11:30am - 12:15pm

11:30 – 12:15 | FIELD TRIP KEYNOTE | Wild System | Adam Nash and John McCormick | 2019/20 Australian Antarctic Arts + ANAT Arts Fellowship | Session Chair: Vicki Sowry

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Break + Perspectives - Participatory Photo Walk #2 - Looking Down + A Galaxy of Suns

View Participatory Photos On Map More Info About The Photo Walks

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Arts Front 2030 Preview, Field Trip Map Highlights and Horizon Creative Focus – Forest in Your Pocket with Helena Papageorgiou

2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm | CREATIVE SNAPSHOTS
Artists at the forefront of art, science, tech, environment: Jude Anderson, Grayson Cooke, Keith Armstrong, Helena Papageorgiou, Renata Buziak, Nicole Voevodin-Cash, Michelle Vine
Session Chair
: Megan Williams

3:00pm - 3:20pm

Exhibition Preview - Sites of Connection + Barwon River Performance

3:00pm – 3:15pm | Exhibition Preview | Lisa Chandler and Megan WilliamsSites of Connection

3:15pm – 3:20pm | Barwon River | Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallet performance

4:00pm - 4:45pm

4:00pm – 4:45pm Reimagining Interdisciplinary Arts - provocations from arts leaders at the helm of local and national organisations. Vicki Sowry, Jonathan Parsons, Zohar Spatz, Michael Brennan

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Closing Session - Field Trip Calls to Action and the Cocktail Accelerator with David Harris

Click To View Participatory Photos On Map

Perspectives is a unique participatory photography project being delivered as part of the Field Trip Symposium.

Perspectives invites Symposium delegates to participate in a series of three short photo walks across the course of the day investigating the places and communities we call home, and imagining a new shared future. Our phones enable us to capture images of almost anything at any time but we don’t often take the time to really look at and think about the amazing images we create. At key moments during the Field Trip program, we will invite you to step away from your computer, slow down and venture outside to walk, to look, to listen and to connect with the places around you. Perspectives is a chance to reflect on the big ideas being shared in the symposium and to use our phones to collectively create, instead of just capture! Our images will contribute to a global photo gallery and map expressing our connectivity and collective visions for the future from across the world.

There are three Perspectives photo walks embedded in the Symposium program, each with their own provocation:

Photo Walk 1 - Looking Up

Photo Walk 2 - Looking Down

Photo Walk 3 - Looking Forward

Try it out now!

In preparation for the big day, everyone is invited to grab their phones, login on their Arts Front account and try out the Perspectives Participatory Photo Project system by sharing an image that expresses where you are NOW. Visit this link to participate in Perspectives.

Provocations During the Symposium

Looking Up

We commence our collective vision during the symposium by inviting you to tilt your heads and cameras up. Under the shared sky which you can see from your backyard or your window or wherever you stand is where we live our lives and where we create our art. The sky is the canopy of endlessness yet full of hopefulness - and although we share this same protective bubble “UP” can look very different depending on our individual perspective. For some of us it might be night, for some of us day, for some of us the skies might be peeking through buildings and for others it sits above the trees. There could be tones of blue, or yellow, or grey or black or perhaps the lights of the city have overtaken the blackness of the sky. So much of our lives is now spent looking down at our phones so we ask that you tilt your perspective and hold them skywards for this first photography experience during the symposium today.

Looking Down

If looking to the sky gives us hope then looking down is our grounding as we move across the land and are reminded of all that came before, and especially including our First Nations histories. Before the roads and the concrete there was always the earth. Perhaps millions of people have walked where you are now, perhaps you are somewhere so remote only a few have experienced that part of the land. Is the earth cracking through the concrete or the grasses running free? Is it snow, or waterways or dry ground begging for rain? Can you lie on it and get up close and see the world from the perspective of insects and ants who create their own myriad of cities under where we stand? We invite you to look down or get down on the ground and create an image which shows us your perspective looking down.

Looking Forwards

We’ve looked at what is above us and below, what has been in the past and what is now and for our final field trip we invite you to imagine what could be. You have heard a lot of ideas about how art, science, technology and the environment are intersecting so we invite you to think about how these ideas might reimagine our future. How would you express the future through an image today? What would you like your community to look like in 2030? What is your Perspective of the future? 

A quick note about the mapping…

When you are uploading your photos please just be aware of location information you are sharing. The Arts Front system provides tools to give very accurate locations for images, but that isn’t always appropriate. If the ‘Locate Media’ button gives a result that is a little too close to home you can drag the map marker or enter a postcode to give a more generic location.

Perspectives is led by Tricia King in the School of Creative Industries at USC. This project is part of an emerging portfolio of research at USC investigating new ways of using digital technologies and environmental media to explore our relationship with place.

Field Trip is an online national research symposium featuring creative practice at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. The symposium will traverse the continent exploring the ethics of interdisciplinary art and the role of creativity in reimagining the future.

The event features some of Australia’s leading artists and includes keynote presentations, panels, interactive artworks and participatory experiences that explore the possibilities of presenting ecologically engaged creative work in virtual environments.

Download a PDF of the program here. 

8:50am | Field Trip Welcome Video 

9:00am | Gubbi Gubbi Dance – Welcome to Country (Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi) Sunshine Coast 

9:10am | Introduction to the Field Trip Platform and Partners – Arts Front 

9:15am – 9:45am | FIELD TRIP KEYNOTE | Sarah Jane Moore
Dr Sarah Jane Moore will discuss her 2019 ANAT on Country Residency in conversation with Vicki Sowry  Session Chair: Sandy O'Sullivan

9:45am – 10:45am | IN CONVERSATION | Bianca Beetson and Libby Harward | Alex Kelly and Jen Rae | Leading Australian artists and producers in conversation about the ethics of ecologically engaged arts practice. Session Chair: Leah Barclay

10:45am – 11:00am | Break + 'Perspectives' Participatory Photography Walk Introduction | Tricia King

11:00am – 11:10am | Exploring Jinibara country with an immersive walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve | Jason Murphy 

11:10am – 11:20am |  Tektite 2020: 50th Anniversary of the first all-women subsea habitat crew | Sarah Jane Pell 

11:30 – 12:15 | FIELD TRIP KEYNOTE | Wild System | Adam Nash and John McCormick | 2019/20 Australian Antarctic Arts + ANAT Arts Fellowship | Session Chair: Vicki Sowry

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch Break | Participatory Photography Walk + A Galaxy of Suns 

1:30pm – 2:00pm | Arts Front 2030 Preview, Field Trip Map Highlights and Horizon Creative Focus – Forest in Your Pocket with Helena Papageorgiou

2:00pm – 3:00pm | CREATIVE SNAPSHOTS | Artists at the forefront of art, science, tech, environment: Jude Anderson, Grayson Cooke, Keith Armstrong, Helena Papageorgiou, Renata Buziak, Nicole Voevodin-CashMichelle Vine | Session Chair: Megan Williams

3:00pm – 3:15pm | Exhibition Preview | Lisa Chandler and Megan WilliamsSites of Connection

3:15pm – 3:20pm | Barwon River | Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallet performance

3:20pm – 3:45pm | Participatory Photography + Listening in the Wild preview (Lyndon Davis)

4:00pm – 4:45pm Reimagining Interdisciplinary Arts - provocations from arts leaders at the helm of local and national organisations. Vicki Sowry, Jonathan Parsons, Zohar Spatz, Michael Brennan 

Session Facilitators: Blaklash - Amanda Hayman + Troy Casey

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Field Trip Closing, Calls to Action and The Cocktail Accelerator with David Harris

Field Trip is a joint initiative produced by Horizon Festival, Arts Front, USC and the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Actions 

The Field Trip 'Explore' page allows you to engage with featured content from our partners and presenters before and after the event. We are starting our explorations with Horizon Festival, you can also visit their website to explore their August program on now. 

Start with REWIND to Horizon Festival 2018 for Dawn Awakening, a special First Nation-focused event that has won a place in the hearts and minds of the Sunshine Coast community.

On the final day of Horizon Festival, our community gathers before dawn at Stumers Creek, Coolum Beach to witness a beautiful multi-arts celebration of remembrance, dreaming and ritual. The 2018 Dawn Awakening was an ode to the Glossy Black Cockatoo; its spirit of collective strength honoured through music, dance and spoken word alongside stunning visual art installations and projections.

The 2018 performance featured Lyndon Davis and Gubbi Gubbi Dance, multi-award winning singer/songwriter Shellie Morris, traditional Yolngu song-man Djakapurra Munyarryun, vocalist Kacey Patrick, dancer Soraya Fewquandie Scott, guitarists Robbie James and Andrew Veivers, cellist Louise King, Cool Harmonies, Coolum State School choirs and projection artist James Muller.

Join featured artist Lyndon Davis to reminisce on this beautiful performance with stories, insights and never-before seen footage from the event.


Plastic Belly is a contemporary dance performance by Sunshine Coast-based choreographer Courtney Scheu and visual artist Itamar Freed, created with the support of dramaturge Liesel Zink.

Set to an original sound score by Harel Tsemah, and filmed on the beautiful secluded beach at Third Bay in Coolum, this work is both visually captivating and deeply sensitive to the current times.

Plastic Belly explores human connection, at a point in history when this topic is more relevant than ever. Recent experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic have traversed the emotional and mental impact of isolation, the fear of the unknown, and a deep desire for connection.

REWIND to Horizon Festival 2019 for Elements, an ephemeral sculpture exhibition that was set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Elements was a stunning exhibition that transformed our beautiful Botanic Gardens from a natural paradise to a contemporary outdoor gallery.

Exhibition curator, Hamish Sawyer, will reminisce on the event, talking us through the featured artworks and installations from the leading local and national artists who drew inspiration from the elements; fire, earth, air, and water.

REWIND to this incredibly special performance held at Bankfoot House against a backdrop of Mt Tibrogargan in Horizon Festival 2019.

A Galaxy of Suns is a spectacular 36-part choir performance that ‘sings’ the stars as they rise and set over the 360˚ of our horizon. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, the work documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data in a unique celebration of the majesty and beauty of the cosmos.