Care Project is a research project that explores how care in its many forms represents an alternative ethics to neo-liberalism. It will connect and explore researchers and artists working with care in a number of ways; Care as Relational, Care as Political Labour, Care as Moral Theory, Caring for earth/Country, Art practice as care – Care as Art Practice.
Care Project is driven by the desire to forge an alternative ethics to counter the harm that neo-liberal practices are causing to all aspects of life. If care ‘includes everything we do to maintain, continue, and repair our world — our interwoven bodies, selves and environment — so that we may live in it as well as possible’, then care should be at the centre of our politics.
Care: transforming values through art, ethics and feminism.
A free interdisciplinary symposium at the George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne. Wed Oct 30 to Sat Nov 2 in 2019.
Four days of talks, performances, workshops, and artworks, with over 50 artists, activists, writers, researchers, dancers and performers from around Australia who are thinking and practicing care in inspiring ways.
Perspectives include animal and environmental ethics, alternative economic models, death literacy advocacy, progressive pedagogies, parenting and mothering, deep listening, mental health, disability, craftivism, and many more.
Offered by La Trobe University’s Care Project
Full schedule available at Contemporary Art and Feminism
For the symposium I facilitated a collaborative experience where people came together to make art in a process of care; they listened, allowed, connected and responded to one another.
I started a sculptural form from natural plant fibre that was attached to the wall space of the George Paton Gallery to inspire participants. The sculptural form was reminiscent of an underground root structure of a plant, but some participants were reminded of the broader concept of networks. In an informal workshop I supported participants to create small wrapped and stitched bundles of grass that were pinned to the wall to build onto the structure. We wrapped up the session with a discussion about how the process, art making experience and resultant artwork evoked care and ideas were displayed on the wall alongside the artwork.
Other ideas I had about care in relation to the artwork.
Caring for each other – The art world can be a competitive and elite cultural environment that fosters individuality to the detriment of community. Let’s spend time weaving objects and stories with each other. The Artist comes out of her studio and shares skills to help people create as a collaborative group.
Caring for the environment – Committed to using recycled and/or natural materials in a time of climate emergency. Work that is aligned with other caring activities such as permaculture, gardening and community art made in outdoor environments.