on environmental footprints

From Sam Hofmann’s blog:

Politics aside – the questions for me was and still is : ‘How do cultures modify landscapes’ ; ‘How do we recognise ourselves in an increasingly globalised world?’ ; ‘ What is the ‘real’ Australia? . Quite a large question , but my increasing interest in Permaculture and the concept of guilds lead me into some interesting territory.
Guilds are the relationships that certain plants build with each other , say the classic Tomato and Basil ( which some people dispute) , or shade from grape vine allows plants underneath it shield from the summer sun . It made me think , doesn’t culture itself adapt to support another , or attack a foreign element similar to the way an eco-system. And if so , the food that we eat has such dire consequences for the land that we live on. How can we build guilds from culture itself? Especially when we have such an amazing resource of survival knowledge and sustainable living coming directly from migration. To demonstrate heres a little animation made on the concept of the Eco-footprint.

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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 (www.squatspace.com/redfern) 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. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), 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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