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Tully Arnot

Stone Sermon | 2024

Nutational Follies, 2018, performance. Photo by Zak Arnot
Nutational Follies, 2018, performance. Photo by Zak Arnot
Stone Sermon. @ Kandos Museum
A solitary walking tour, contemplative and calm, reflecting on landscape, geological time, scale, minerals, communication, the more-than-human, sentience. Thinking about sand becoming conscious, the imaginations of silicon chips, of time moving backwards, of looming wars, of fighting over a few billionths of a metre. Of extraction, utility, computation, cognition. As we walk, the stones talk to us, glistening in the golden afternoon light outside, and the glowing LEDs within, photos dancing at humankind’s whim.

bio:

Tully Arnot’s interdisciplinary practice explores models of plant-based multisensory perception as well as how technology mediates our relationships with the natural world, through areas including plant robotics and the simulation of nature. Tully has exhibited widely at museums, galleries, and biennales internationally and is a current PhD Fellow, working with Professor Zheng Bo, at the School of Creative Media in Hong Kong, where Tully has been based since 2022.

statement:

My interdisciplinary practice explores models of plant-based multisensory perception as well as how technology mediates our relationships with the natural world, through areas including plant robotics and the simulation of nature. This expands on earlier work that negotiated how emerging ways of being are facilitated by social media and human-robot interactions, including AI, companionship robots and consumer-level replacements of human pleasure, connection and labour. Through exploring these fields, my practice looks to understand how these relationships with various less-sentient forms reflect upon our own capacity to interact meaningfully with one another, in a hyperconnected but disconnected reality.

Materials | spatial audio, electronics, copper, stones.
Location | Kandos Museum

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.