On Foraging Mulberries, Dock and Fennel

Joel Werner host a very interesting program on ABC Radio, Off Track.
It is always interesting to get to talk to a producer and/or host, as you can then understand better the selection of interviews and the range of topics they cover in their programs.

As he explained, he tries to leverage on perceptions and expectations. Far too often programs and speakers dealing with environmental issues -the classic sustainability cauldron, where everything and anything gets thrown in- tend to be dry (boring), evangelistic (preaching), and advocating for ‘golden solutions’ (absolutists)..

So it was great fun to spend the morning with Joel, strolling up the Wolli Creek, joyfully chatting, picking at plants and tasting them, on our way to check on a mulberry tree.
The resulting interview beams freshness, light and simplicity, exactly what ‘building new awareness’ should be all about>>

Listen on,
thanks Joel

About info

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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