Geoff Robinson, Ying-Lan Dann, Saskia Schut, Benjamin Woods Tributary ProjectOpening: Wednesday 24 November, 6pm
Tributary Project is a collaborative research project that engages with the redirected, hidden and remnant creek tributaries of inner northwest Narrm/Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country.
This first public iteration is a series of short audio/video artworks shared through Composite that will be trickled through on a weekly basis. Each clip speaks to specific moments in time conceived as tributaries within and in connection to the lower Moonee Ponds Creek.
This project acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung peoples as the custodians of the land and waterways in which this project takes place and pay respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
Thank you to Aunty Julieanne Axford and Aunty Gail Smith and the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation for their insights and consultation on the project.
The Tributary Project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants program, Bus Projects, and Composite.
Geoff Robinson creates event-based artworks that focus on the temporal qualities of sound and performance and the spatial conditions of physical sites to engage with the durational layers of place. Recent projects include: Durational Situation / Umeälven / Birrarung (2021), Re-Think Festival, Umeå; Tributary Project (2020-2022), Bus Projects & Composite, Melbourne; Durational Situation / Vartiovuori (2019-2020), Titanik gallery, Turku; Itinerant Sound (2015-2019), multiple sites across Australia; 15 locations / 15 minutes / 15 days (2014), Federation Square, Melbourne; Site Overlay / Acoustic Survey (2013), across three public sites in Melbourne. Robinson has held residencies and exhibited at Titanik gallery, Turku; Helsinki International Artist Programme; MoKS, Estonia; and Seoul Art Space. He was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014 and completed the PhD project Durational Situation at MADA, Monash University, Melbourne, 2018.
Geoff Robinson lives and works on Wurundjeri Woi wurrung country in Narrm/Melbourne.
Ying’s interdisciplinary creative research explores how notions of movement and duration can inform embodied discoveries about sites and places. Her exploratory approaches encompass site-based drawing and movement-led performances, interior design teaching, curating, collaborating and writing. She directs Sertori Lau Architecture and is an RMIT Interior Design Lecturer. She has curated and exhibited within Melbourne spaces and contributed to numerous architectural practices and press. She is an RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design PhD candidate.
Ying lives and works in Melbourne on Wurundjeri land.
My creative research-practice is concerned with social and multi-species justice. I employ embodied, collaborative, relational and site-based methodologies to pose alternatives to western scientific rationalism, disembodiment and nature/culture divide. Projects are focused through three areas of research; plant consciousness, and plant philosophy to cultivate greater cultural-ecological value of the vegetal world; bodies as sensors in a rapidly changing climate; rejuvenation and reclamation of Dirty rivers in response to increasing water scarcity and accessibility.
I am currently based in Sydney on Gadigal Land.
Benjamin Woods is an artist who practices with training in sculpture and sound. He explores how processes of forming, found in sculptural practice, can generate attention to interdependence through relational and ecological resonance. Touch, breath and listening are just some of the methods by which these interdependent qualities emerge. Ben started playing flute at 7 years old and later studied sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts where he received an MFA with a project in instrument-making (2012). Woods has been exhibiting and performing nationally and internationally for over ten years and is a current PhD candidate at Monash University (2018-2021). He continues to teach art casually at Latrobe College (since 2014) and Monash University (since 2020).
Woods lives and works on Woi wurrung Wurundjeri and Boon wurrung Bunurong country, Birrarunga/Naarm (Melbourne).