Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation

Carbon sequestration collaborative drawing workshop by Georgie Pollard at Groundswell, 2019, image: Alex Wisser
Carbon sequestration collaborative drawing workshop by Georgie Pollard at Groundswell, 2019, image: Alex Wisser

bio:

Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) was formed in 2016 by a group of people interested in the idea that art can be any activity that brings about cultural change. At the moment it has 15 members. KSCA works with people outside the arts (like farmers, scientists, planners, land custodians and entrepreneurs) in order to create useful bridges between different disciplines, and to foster cooperation between different communities. Their projects often involve grassroots experimentation and ‘learning through doing’. They are known for projects like ‘The Hemp Initiative’ and ‘An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar …’, and the events ‘Futurelands2’ in Kandos (2016) and ‘Groundswell’ in Bingara (2019).

statement:

Sometimes the most generative forms of culture - those that transform how people see and act in the world - are produced by people who don’t identify as artists and have no relationship to the art world. And we know that every area of society has a cultural dimension whether we are talking about farming, waste management, transport planning or data visualisation. The members of KSCA are interested in this question: what happens if we as artists work directly with those individuals who are driving cultural adaptation to create a better world, and applied our skills to the task of accelerating and spreading those adaptations?

Futurelands2 newspaper, 2017
Futurelands2 newspaper, 2017

Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation

Stuart Andrews leads the tour into regenerating area. photo Gus Armstrong
Stuart Andrews leads the tour into regenerating area. photo Gus Armstrong

bio:

Inspired by Ian Milliss’s ambitious vision for Kandos (presented during Cementa13), Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) was founded on the idea that if art can be defined as cultural adaptation, then anyone practising cultural adaptation can be considered an artist. KSCA has embarked on several projects including Futurelands2 (November 2016) and The Hemp Initiative with Gilbert Grace and Stuart Andrews. KSCA: Ian Milliss, Gilbert Grace, Laura Fisher, Alex Wisser, Diego Bonetto, Lucas Ihlein Ann Finegan, Christine McMillan. This project was made possible by the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

statement:

A rare privilege: visit Marloo, the property of farmer and educator Stuart Andrews of Tarwyn Park Training. Andrews will demonstrate how he is rehabilitating severely degraded areas of Marloo to a fertile and water-retaining state by employing the principles of Natural Sequence Farming. This is a chance to hear firsthand from an innovative farmer what it means to practice sustainable, economically viable land management.

Tour of Marloo with Stuart Andrews | 2017

Materials | Farm site-visit and talk
Location | Marloo
Stuart Andrews explains soil biology to the next generation. photo Gus Armstrong
Stuart Andrews explains soil biology to the next generation. photo Gus Armstrong

A Galaxy of Suns Alan Schacher Alana Hunt Aleshia Lonsdale Aleshia Lonsdale Alex Gawronski Alex Wisser Alexander Jackson-Wyatt & Paulina Semkowicz Alison Clouston and Boyd Amanda Hills Andrew Christie Anne Graham Annemaree Dalziel Anya Rosen Artbank Artcodex Artists in Transit Beata Geyer & James Culkin Ben Denham Bill Moseley Billy Gruner and Graham Davis King Blak Douglas Boris Hunt Brad Allen-Waters Bronia Iwanczak Bruce Green Carol Warner Cementa poets Cementa Salon Ceramica Christine McMillan Christine McMillan Cigdem Aydemir Claire Conroy Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro Connie Anthes Connie Anthes Dan Kojta Dani Marti Danial Stocks Daniel Kojta Daniel Mudie Cunningham Darryl H. Brown David Capra Diego Bonetto Djon Mundine Elizabeth Day Eugenia Raskopoulos Fiona Davies Fiona Davies Fiona Kemp Fiona MacDonald Fiona MacDonald Fleur MacDonald Francesca Mataraga Frontyard Genevieve Carroll Genevieve Murray George Shaw George Tillianakis Georgina Pollard Georgina Pollard and Leanne Wicks Gilbert Grace Gilbert Grace Greg Pritchard Heidi Lefebvre Hinterding/Haines Hobart Hughes Ian Milliss Ian Milliss Jack Randell Jacquelene Drinkall Jacquelene Drinkall Jason Lujan Jason Wing Jenny Brown Jesse Oliveri John A Douglas John A. Douglas John Conomos John Conomos Josh Harle Juilee Pryor Julie Montgarrett and Sarah McEwan Justene Williams Justin Balmain Justin Cooper Kandos Art Group Kandos CWA Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation Karen Golland Karla Dickens Kat Brown Kate Cowden Kate Mackay Kim V. Goldsmith Kurt Sorensen Kyle Ford Lauren Smith Leahlani Johnson Leanne Wicks Lena Obergfell Liam Benson Linda Brescia Linden Braye Lisa Andrew Liv in(the)finite & Patch Sinclair Madeleine Preston Margaret Brooks Margaret Roberts Margaret Roberts Mark Booth Mark Brown Mark Brown & David Standfield Mark Shorter melanie e. khava Melissa Staiger Mervyn Bishop Miriam Williamson Mr & Mrs Brown Murrawuy and Kirrpatja Nicole Barakat Nicole Welch Nola Farman Opening Night Paris Norton Paul Gazzola Paul Greedy Paul Greedy Peter Blamey Peter Williamson Philip Spark PYT | Fairfield Robin Hungerford Robyn Backen s o d a c a k e Sach Catts Sarah Breen Lovett Sarah Breen Lovett Sarah Goffman Sarah Goffman Sarah Nolan Sarah Waterson Scott 'Sauce' Towney Sean O’Keeffe Six Quick Chicks Skye Saxon SNO Group Sound Night Starrs & Cmielewski Starrs & Cmielewski Sue Pedley and Virginia Hilyard Super Critical Mass Teena McCarthy Terry Burrows The Motel Sisters The Mumps The Spectral Committee The Stoked The Twilight Girls Thom Roberts Tim Burns Tina Havelock Stevens Tom Isaacs Tony Albert Vaughan O'Connor Vienna Del Rosario Parreno Virginia Hilyard Wade Marynowsky William Seeto Williams River Valley Artists’ Project (WRVAP) Yiorgos Zafiriou Yvette Hamilton Zanny Begg Zio Ledeux

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