Carbon Dating | Artist Talk and Cultural Burning Discussion

Thursday 25 May | 3pm

Join Somerset artists Jason Murphy and Pipier Weller, alongside lead artists, Keith Armstrong and Donna Davis for an afternoon of discussion on Australia’s diverse native grasses, part of the innovative arts and environment project, Carbon Dating. 

Carbon Dating is a Queensland-wide network of artist/carers who each tended a living native grass mound and also participated in personal rituals and group conversations and events over the summer of 2022.

By drawing upon Indigenous cultural and scientific understandings and knowledges of grass and grasslands, and by incorporating sculpture, site-specific growing, networked technologies and artist-led provocations, Carbon Dating sought to develop a series of connected creative experiments and grass plantings across rural, regional and urban Australia.

As the project moves forward to an exhibition outcome in 2024, Jason Murphy and Pipier Weller will both speak alongside the Carbon Dating team on their experiences of the project. Jason, a Jinibara Traditional Custodian, will also lead a discussion on the cultural burning practices that are increasingly being understood as central to how Australia’s First Nations Custodians have always looked after Country.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

IMAGE: Keith ARMSTRONG, Grass mound at The Condensery, storm, 2022.