Future Stratigraphy

Future Stratigraphy

Sean O’Connell, Silicon carbide study, 2015. Lith emulsion exposed with 35,000 volts dc across silicon carbide. Courtesy the artist.

Presented by New Materialism research cluster, Future Stratigraphy comprised an exhibition, symposium and masterclass that will explore ways of understanding and envisioning the materiality of landscape, and the repercussions of human impact on the earth.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

 EVENT  DATE AND TIME  LOCATION
 Exhibition Opening Night  6 - 8pm, Wednesday 5 October  SCA Galleries
 The Sea within the Land Masterclass  2 - 6pm, Monday 17 October  Sydney College of the Arts and Callan Park
 Future Stratigraphy Symposium  2 - 6pm, Tuesday 18 October  SCA Auditorium

Exhibition: Future Stratigraphy

The Future Stratigraphy exhibition focuseD on art practices that metaphorically and actually engage with various layers of complex geological strata showing traces of human impact, commonly referred to as the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on earth’s geology and ecosystems. In a multi-disciplinary response to these discourses, Future Stratigraphy askED, ‘how will current human activities reveal themselves in the layers of the future?’ through engaging human relationships with matter and materiality, exploring traces and scars of human presence on earth, challenging how we work with, exploit, understand and attempt to rehabilitate our planet.

VIEW THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

ARTISTS: John Roloff, Josh Wodak, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, Tracey Clement, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Elaine Gan, Kath Fries, Sean O’Connell, Penny Dunstan, Bryden Williams, Emma Robertson, Dell Walker, Kenneth Mitchell and Madeleine Boyd.

EXHIBITION DETAILS: Thursday 6 October - Saturday 29 October
Sydney College of the Arts Galleries
Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm

Masterclass: The Sea Within The Land

2 - 6pm Monday 17 October
Sydney College of the Arts and Callan Park

This masterclass with international artist John Roloff explored site-engagement processes focusing on Callan Park as the site of Roloff’s Sydney project, The Sea within the Land. The masterclass involved walking the site; discussing the area’s past, present and future (in relation to geology, mapping, flora and fauna, and human engagement - the Gadigal and Wangal traditional custodians, history as colonial estate and psychiatric hospital, and current uses); and an outside workshop with above-ground echo-sounder technology.

ABOUT JOHN ROLOFF
John Roloff is a visual artist and professor at San Francisco Art Institute. He works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. With a background in science and geology, Roloff’s work engages poetic and site-specific relationships between material, concept and performance in the domains of geology, ecology, architecture, ceramics, industry and mining, metabolic systems and history. He is known primarily for his outdoor kiln/furnace projects from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s as well as other large-scale environmental, site-specific and gallery installations investigating geologic and natural phenomena. Roloff’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne, the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales and The Snow Show in Kemi, Finland. He has received visual arts fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, a California Arts Council grant and a Bernard Osher Fellowship at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. Roloff is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA and is tenured faculty in Sculpture/Ceramics, San Francisco Art Institute.

Symposium: Future Stratigraphy

2 - 6pm Tuesday 18 October
SCA Auditorium, Sydney College of the Arts

PROGRAM

2pm
Welcome, Oliver Smith, New Materialism in Contemporary Art research cluster
Acknowledgement of Country, Janelle Evans, Wingara Mura Fellow and Dharug/Bundjalung artist

Keynote lecture: Sentient Terrains IV
John Roloff, artist and Professor, San Francisco Art Institute

3pm
Glimpsing landscapes of the past through stone tool technologies
Matt Poll, Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

A Marine Geologist's View of the Anthropocene
Ron Boyd, Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle

3.30pm
Panel discussion: John Roloff, Matt Poll, Ron Boyd
Chaired by Tracey Clement, PhD candidate and writer

4.30pm Artist talks, SCA Galleries
Sean O’Connell
Penny Dunstan
Kath Fries
Tracey Clement
Kenneth Mitchell
Madeleine Boyd
Emma Robertson
Dell Walker

PRESENTERS

Ron Boyd is a conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle, he has worked as a marine geologist with forty years experience in the field. Boyd has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters. Recently he has been working with multi beam imagery in marine geology researching seismic and sediments off Australia and the USA. Boyd has worked with Larry Mayer at UNH/CCOM and also runs his own research voyages off the East Coast of Australia from coast to deep ocean.

Tracey Clement is an artist, arts writer and current PhD candidate at SCA, the University of Sydney. Her current research responds to JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World. She is known for creating artworks that meticulously utilise labour intensive techniques for their conceptual resonance. In her Critical Cartography series of maps (exhibited in Future Stratigraphy) Clement charts hypothetical rising sea levels. The time-consuming effort of ‘drowning’ the world through drawing highlights our complicity in creating the current climate crisis. Clement has exhibited widely, both in Australia and overseas, and she is currently the Online Editor for Art Guide Australia.

Matt Poll is the Assistant Curator of the Macleay Museum Indigenous Heritage Collections and the University of Sydney’s Repatriation Project Officer. He has previously worked as the Artistic Director of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists cooperative as well as other positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Wollongong City Gallery. Poll’s current research project seeks to further develop methods of understanding the ways contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists have used museum collections, historic records and archival materials in the reconstruction of cultural identities, exploring how visual artists in particular have developed auto ethnographic methods of engaging with historical information outside of academic frameworks.

John Roloff is an artist and professor at San Francisco Art Institute. He works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. With a background in science and geology, Roloff’s work engages poetic and site-specific relationships between material, concept and performance in the domains of geology, ecology, architecture, ceramics, industry and mining, metabolic systems and history. Roloff’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne, the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales. He has received fellowships from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation and California Arts Council. Roloff is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA.