nature, network and event

The first big CAST event I have  organized is a three day camp down at the amazing Riversdale Glenn Murcutt Education Centre and Library at Bundanon.

Fifteen artists, historians, designers, writers, and thinkers will gather for three days in a focused research environment. The discussion will centre on the contributions contemporary art practices can make to our understanding of the Illawarra in the context of social transformation. We will explore interdisciplinary strategies for re-imagining nature, network and event in this part of the world. The researchers gathering for this first CAST research camp have all previously worked with imagining the social, political and affective capacities of the environment. Insofar as research is a process rather than a goal, a modality rather than an output, the camp will develop active engagements with thought and possible transformations of practice.

Opening questions:

How might the work of art facilitate our understandings of environmental transformation?
How might the affective encounter be understood within environmental transformation?
What are the pragmatic contributions that thinking through contemporary arts might make to ethical, sustainable and considered transformations?
How do connections form between research practices, and how might we catalyze the process of “not-knowing”?
What are the innovative and interesting research directions that might shape the future directions of CAST?

researchers at work
researchers at work


  • Adam Lucas (UOW STS)
  • Agnieszka Golda (UOW Contemporary Arts)
  • Bianca Hester (SCA Visual Arts)
  • Brogan Bunt (UOW Media Arts)
  • Catherine McKinnon (UOW Theatre)
  • Douglas Kahn: (UNSW NIEA)
  • Jo Law (UOW Contemporary Arts)
  • Jo Stirling (UOW Design)
  • Leah Gibbs (UOW AUSSCER)
  • Kim Williams (UOW Contemporary Arts)
  • Louise Boscacci (UOW Visual Arts)
  • Lucas Ihlein (UOW Contemporary Arts)
  • Pip Newling (UOW Creative Writing)
  • Su Ballard (UOW Contemporary Arts)