Me and Lucas gave a talk yesterday as part of the Lunch Time Lecture series at SCA, to whoever wanted to know a bit more about what is actually happening in the courtyard beside the library: Tending.
After brainstorming about how to tackle the (not) lecture we resolved a few points: 1 we wanted to be fun and light, the guests were on their lunch break after all; 2 we wanted it to cover what is Tending, what happened so far, give a short over-arching idea of the concept of Art as social relations, give a short overview of a few art projects which dealt with the concept of food (or food production) as art and gardening (or ecological co-habitation) as art; bring the Tending project outside of the art bubble, by placing it in the wider debates now pressing society; present what we (me and Lucas) do outside of Tending; bring in the presentation other fellow travelers so far; invite all guests to participate and walk to the garden.
To keep it snappy we decided to break it in short sections, of 5 minutes each, with one person only speaking at any given point. Somewhat I felt this delivery would give better the idea of plurality within the project: different voices having all a fare share of attention.
Heather spoke of her involvement, and of the community surrounding the SCA campus, an important aspect which allows Tending to truly ingrain itself in a much wider social reality.
Incidentally there is going to be a Verge planting happening this w/e in Rozelle, see Heather’s corner for details.
Great way to get to meet the local green promoters.
We offered some mustard greens and lettuce from the garden to all, and thanks to Daniel’s questioning of the disengagement on our behalf with the bureaucracy surrounding the implementation of the project, we adventured into some interesting conversation about social dynamics and transparency, or the lack of.
We will surely talk more about his ideas and questionings.
Above there is a fantastic thought map by Lucas, with which he presented the complexities underlying the project, yet, the simplicity of growing and letting grow, overshadow and mellow down the implications.
Thanks all for coming to the talk, I will be tending on Thursday next, pop in, have a tea.