oops, or rather, how to contextualise $60,000


“Bonetto’s work is a barometer of our times, exploring nature, fragility, sustainability and how we integrate ourselves in the natural environment. The work is particularly apt at this point of time with what is going on ecologically, economically and politically,” the committee noted.

It took a while to come up with this post.
You were awarded the Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship 10 days ago, and it was such a surprise.
So this posting will be on what you’re at with it. It will serve as a point of reference for when in years to come you will get back to this point. No more Nobody.

Few things needs to be said, pulled out of your system and laid down in a public forum:
ANAT, the Australian Network for Art and Technology runs an online discussion list, where once a month a new topic gets discussed by a number of invited guest from around the world. September topic was Sustaining Ecologies – how to ensure our ecosystems survive us. You were one of the many who just read the incoming points of views from people like AMY BALKIN, GEORG DIETZLER, LYNDAL JONES, ANDREA POLLI, JANINE RANDERSON and MARTIN WALCH.
Few interesting topics came out, like the fact that by far the biggest factor in climate change is human behavior (no surprises there)[…] and climate scientists have been starting to try to integrate social and behavioral models into climate change scenarios..
What struck you the most though, was to learn how many internationally recognized artists travel the world to various science-art collaborations in an attempt to present works with environmental concerns.
..artists jetsetting to antanrtica for example, to document the melting of the icecaps.
..do this people calculate their own environmental footprint?
or they just offset their own carbon emissions with pseudocredit originated in some obscure factory in China?

and here you are, with a big possibility to go around the world to experience first hand foraging practices, glean information, digest and take it back in your own bioregional reality in the form of ‘art’.

Non si sputa sul piatto dove mangi
You don’t bite the hand that feeds you

yet, hard questions need to be addressed there.

In the mean time congratulations rained in from all corners, thanks. While local information gets offered and needs to be compiled as important bioregional research:

I just watched a video of you cooking biscuits with fennel. My mother loved making spinach and feta pies with fennel that we would pick from the side of train tracks. For some reason, the train track fennel always tasted better than the garden grown fennel. I wonder what other weeds you can use in cooking. Are you going to write a little cook book one day?

Kind regards

The selection committee praised the quality of the whole show and described Mr Bonetto’s winning entry as, ‘a visual synopsis of a longstanding investigation of non-indigenous plants within Australia’.

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