Symposia

Online perpetual symposia are an effective and relatively inclusive way of sharing information from local and international experts and practitioners to a broader audience.

So far, we have facilitated two online events of this kind: Alternative Reality Gardening – part of the larger project of the same name and a one-day event within the Plant Lab 22 project.

Alternative Reality Gardening (2023)

The Alternative Reality Gardening Symposium (2023) was delivered as part of a larger project of the same name, which included a publication. It brought together scientists, space researchers, choreographers, psychotherapists and interarts practitioners to share their many varied takes on gardening.

ARG: Introduction by Dr Maggie Buxton

Dr Maggie Buxton conceived and curated Alternative Reality Gardening. She is a transdisciplinary practitioner with an extensive track record in developing people and places using leading-edge practices and technologies.   For thirty years she has expanded possibilities, built systemic connections and supported resilience in groups, organisations, communities and regions. This has included work with eco-village…

ARG: AI Unravelled

Unravelling Artificial Intelligence   From predicting our Spotify playlists to changing how our jobs function, Artificial Intelligence is weaving into every aspect of our lives. But what does AI mean for you? The event AI Unravelled: A Practical Look at Artificial Intelligence sought to answer that question.  Presented by Craig Neilson, Jarred Taylor and Maggie Buxton…

ARG: Sharyne Lewis

Sharyne Lewis, (bailartheskies) is a multidisciplinary artist exhibiting and performing since 1998. Lewis’s art practice is strongly influenced by her passion for dance, choreographic practice and drawing.  Her work explores themes through a conceptual and allegorical lens, delving deeply to merge her two practices in fine arts and performing arts. She lives in Northland, New…

ARG: Marchelle Farrell

Marchelle Farrell is a writer, medical psychotherapist, and amateur gardener, born in Trinidad and Tobago but has spent over 20 years attempting to become hardy in the UK. She is curious about the relationship between our external and internal landscapes, the patterns we reenact in relation to the land, and how they might be changed.…

ARG: Reva Mendes

Reva Mendes, he wāhine nō te kāinga ō Hokianga.  She is a contemporary mixed media Māori artist whose background is in traditional Māori weaving and Fibre Arts. Reva is based in Te Tai Tokerau,  living in Rawene, South Hokianga, and works collaboratively within Toi Māori and hapū as well as local community arts, education and…

ARG: Pieter Steyaert

Pieter Steyaert is an artist and transdisciplinary researcher who explores collaborations within artistic and scientific communities. His work focuses on the context of astrophysics and exoplanets. Pieter is one of the co-founders of SEADS and has worked on a wide range of Biomodd, Seeker and Ēngines of Ēternity projects in Europe, the USA and SE…

ARG: Tracey Willms Deane

Tracey Willms Deane is an artist, author, and designer with a transdisciplinary creative practice. Her work focuses on what is present beyond the surface and what agency we have to cultivate harmony - within ourselves and our world. Her vision is to expand possibility through navigating shifts in perception. Tracey has an international heritage and…

ARG: Dr Tracey M Benson

Tracey M Benson is an interdisciplinary artist living and working on Yarun Bribie Island, Joondaburri Country on Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi Nation. Her work focuses on deep listening, connection to place and relational ways of being. She experiments with a broad range of media both analogue and digital, often working in collaboration with First…

ARG: Terri Donaldson

Terri Donaldson owns Wharepuke Organics - a certified organic dairy farm- with her partner Kenny Finlayson. She is heavily involved in numerous projects both in the community and artistic spaces, including creative director of the Dargaville Wearable Arts, the Maungaturoto Residents Association, the local magazine, op shop and Maungaturoto hall and others.   In this…

ARG: Daniël Vandersmissen / Dan Yapungku

Daniël Vandersmissen / Dan Yapungku lives in Belgium and creates installations and performances related to social themes and events. As an artist, he alternates between making analogue and digital images: paintings, drawings, assemblages, photo (editations), installations, objects/assemblages, animations, videos and brochures. He is a member of IGECC and SEADS.   The following two performances were…

ARG: Hamish Oakley-Brown

Hamish Oakley-Browne is an artist and Director of Te Kowhai Print Trust, a community-owned open-access print studio in Northland. His art practice is centred on the tradition of fine arts printmaking. Having had successful solo shows and group exhibitions, he was recently a selected finalist in the Waikato Print and Paint Awards, a National printmaking…

ARG: Aotearoa Digital Arts

In these two presentations, Vicki Smith and Ted Whittaker of Aotearoa Digital Arts Network (ADA) discuss how they have been cultivating connections through their organisation.   Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA) is a network researching the expanded field around media, new media, electronic and digital art. The ADA Network enables communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics,…

Plant Lab 22

Plant Lab was a creative innovation pop up in 2022 which included a mini-symposium sharing cross-disciplinary research into plants.

PlantLab Interview: Glenn Edney

Glenn Edney discusses his place-based practice with Dr Maggie Buxton as part of the PlantLab interview series. Glenn is an ocean ecologist and researcher, underwater naturalist, professional diver, sailor, photographer and writer. He is also a practising Deep Ecologist with a Masters's degree in Holistic Science from Schumacher College and Plymouth University, UK. His ongoing…

PlantLab Interview: Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris

PlantLab Interview: Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris A fascinating insight into one of the most innovative creative partnerships in Australasia. An artist talk by Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris. As partners in life and practice, they have created many innovative, immersive and/or interactive works and engaged in numerous significant international research residencies spanning science art…

PlantLab Interview: Dr Tracey Benson

Dr Tracey Benson lives in Australia and is visiting PlantLab as our international resident artist. Her local site is in Yarun (Bribie) Island, Brisbane. Tracey and her organisation TreeCreate are partners of AwhiWorld and are collaborating on a series of different projects starting with this residency. Tracey is an Australian-based interdisciplinary artist, UX designer, researcher…

PlantLab Interview: Fiona Douglas

This interview is with Fiona Douglas, scientist, teacher, community leader, coach, artist and passionate activist for arts and the environment. Her initial training was in science, with qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in agriculture and education. She has worked as an agronomist, lectured in Biology, Botany and Environmental Science and worked for the Department…

PlantLab Interview: ThoTho

In this interview ThoTho discuss their research of the interplay between measurement and inference, drawing on a mix of graphical, sampling, sculptural and projection techniques to question how plants might be understood. Through playing with ideas and materials ThoTho generate lines of enquiry, for PlantLab combining simple rules with aesthetic selection decisions that lead to…

PlantLab Interview: Jade Morgan

In this interview digital artist, Jade Morgan talks about her exploration of plant memories through soap making and digital experimentation. Jade is researching how humans connect to plants through memories. She is exploring why certain plants and places imprint more than others and how they are connected (e.g. through feelings and vibrations).  Her experiments with…

PlantLab Interview: Kelly Kahukiwa

Kelly Kahukiwa (Ngāti IO, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngai Tūhoe and Te Aitanga -ā Māhaki) is an artist, musician, intercultural leader and indigenous researcher. In this interview, he talks about his mahi with Dr Maggie Buxton as part of the PlantLab 22 project. Kelly’s artistic practice spans many contemporary and traditional forms, including taonga whakairo and taonga…

PlantLab Conversation: Dr Angelo Vermeulen

In August of 2022, Dr Angelo Vermeulen | inspired our Plantlab crew with examples from his international transdisciplinary practice at the nexus of biology, space research systems research, community development and art. PlantLab is a cross-disciplinary research project, pop-up innovation lab and public art installation. It is designed to support collaboration across boundaries and regenerate…

PlantLab 22 Mini-Symposium – TechWeek May 18th, 2022

The PlantLab Mini-Symposium has taken place with two hour-long presentations. The first, by Dr Maggie Buxton, discusses the practice, ideas, themes and principles behind PlantLab. The second hour of the symposium had several participants in the project introducing themselves and their research. For more information about PlantLab go to its main page on this site…

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