An introduction to Noxious Weeds


“Although native plants and animals had supported the needs of Australian Aborigines for food and clothing over thousands of years, the first European settlers found the Australian flora and fauna particularly unsuited for their purposes.
There were no native plants related to the cereals such as wheat, oats, barley and rice; no obviously edible fruit such as plums, apples and citrus; no fibre plants such as flux, jute or cotton; no traditionally edible animals such as cows sheep or pigs; and no animal product such as milk wool or eggs.
It was felt it was necessary to import all of these plants and animals from Europe and establish them in the new colony. Not only plant species of such direct use were imported, but also a wide range of ornamentals, hedge plants etc. In 1803, only 15 years after the arrival of the first fleet, governor King listed 292 introduced food and ornamental plants then growing in the colony and requested that a further 82 be sent from England. Of those introduced, it appears that at least nine, including furze, english broom and sweet briar, subsequently became important noxious weeds. There seemed to be little thought that indiscriminate introduction could lead to serious problems in the new environment.”

W.T. Parson & E.G.Cuthbertson
Noxious Weeds of Australia, 2001

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Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty ( tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (, short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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One Response to An introduction to Noxious Weeds

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