FREE EVENT – bookings are essential
One Tree Hill, Tremont
Sunday 9 October 2022, 3pm – 5pm
A public and performative artwork responding to eco-anxiety of extreme weather events.
What if we memorialized ecological loss like we did battles? (Alan Sonfist, 1968)
Taking the material wreckage of the recent extreme weather events in the Dandenong Ranges as its starting point, To the fallen trees is a public and performative artwork. A series of community activations have created space and connection for local citizens and workers to explore eco-anxiety through affective engagement at the site of One Tree Hill where dozens of tall, almost centurian Eucalyptus trees lay in neat piles in the months following the windstorms of June 2021. The public reading of written letters to these fallen trees draws attention to ecological loss, holds space for collective memory, and creates local meaning making while activating social care. The documentation of these community poetics will inform the creation of a collective memorial for the fallen trees in audio and visual forms.
Image: Child reading a letter to the fallen tree pile at One Tree Hill, 2022.
Tammy Wong Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic at RMIT University, School of Art and a local resident in the Dandenong Ranges. Tammy’s socially engaged art and research focuses on curating inclusive cities, enacted through collaborations with urban communities, to care for and represent their perspectives in globalising cities.
With a twenty-five-year history of art and social justice practice in Australia and Canada, Marnie Badham’s research sits at the intersection of socially engaged arts practice, community-based research methodologies and the politics of cultural measurement. Marnie is currently focused on a series of creative cartographies registering emotion in public space; expanded curation projects on the aesthetics and politics of food; and a new book project The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and place not your own. Marnie is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art at RMIT University in Naarm/Melbourne.
Now in their fourth collaboration as ‘Pedestrian Poetics for Public Space’, Tammy Wong Hulbert and Marnie Badham’s art-research practice explores every day emotional responses to rapid change and crises in natural and built environments. Together through visual art, performance, and social practice – they are interested in hosting dialogue about affective relationships to and collective memories of place.
Previous works local to the region include a creative cartographic artist residency at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum registering emotion in public space entitled ‘Five Weeks in Spring: an emotional map of Lilydale’ as part of the Force of Nature exhibition in 2018 and the fluxus installation ‘Pedestrian Poetics’ as part of Dancing Place: Corhanwarrabul in 2021 both curated by Gretel Taylor. The artists developed #selfiesforsolidarity in 2020 in which more than 350 digital images were created by Chinese and Australian participants in response to the initial COVID 19 outbreak in China and the Asian hate spreading in Melbourne.
The community is invited to a free outdoor public event to listen to and participate in the public reading of letters written by local citizens and workers ‘To the fallen trees.’
To access the event location, ticket holders will be sent instructions via email prior.
There is very limited car parking, however wheelchair access is possible from the car park to the site. Please advise your accessibility needs on booking so we can do our best to accommodate.
This event requires some walking and 2 hours of being outdoors throughout the experience. Participants should wear shoes and clothes suitable for walking and be prepared for the day’s weather.
Warning: This work contains material some audiences may find distressing. Supervision is recommended for audience members under 15.