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Publication launch: nature, post-nature

  • Readings State Library 285-321 Russell Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Join us for the launch of nature, post-nature, a small independent publication by visual artists Jessye Wdowin-McGregor and Ren Gregorčič in collaboration with designer Kim Mumm Hansen that explores the research and ideas behind an exhibition of the same name, held at Rubicon ARI in March-April, 2019.

nature, post-nature explores the ideas behind the phenomenon of ‘post-natural’ landscapes; marginal sites in which a distinct overlap between urban development and rural wilderness occurs, such as at the edges of cities, in the gaps between factories, under freeways and bordering railways.

Running counter to traditional definitions of nature, post-natural landscapes are commonly described as unremarkable, mundane places without legitimate claims to being natural, and as such are relegated to the peripheries of vision and attention. Although often overlooked, these landscapes are important ecologies that reflect the ability of the natural world to counterbalance environmental disruption caused by human activity.

With an emphasis on light and shadow, built and natural forms and the persistence of flora and fauna in ever restless urban spaces, nature, post-nature explores the commingling of human and non-human narratives that occur in the post-natural landscape. This publication, like the related exhibition, is an experiential device created by the artists for understanding the phenomenology of the post-natural, where a sense of ecological equilibrium can be understood. l l

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Earlier Event: March 20
Exhibition: nature, post-nature