Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
I have been collaborating with musician/composer and sound artist Alana Blackburn on the project. Our response to the Regional Futures prompt of ‘‘What does the future look like for your region?” began with an early and unexpected connection between the childhood homestead of Australian poet and activist Judith Wright and the enduring themes of her work. In both the poetry and critique of Judith Wright, the immediate present is consistently gazed across warily to uncertain potential futures. Wright examined consequences of colonial and settler policy, the use of resources and ultimately the stewardship of the landscape. Unsurprisingly, matters that remain in the discourse of our region.
Discussing these topics has elicited ideas and issues specific to the New England region from experts and community members we have engaged with. What started with broad informal discussions on the background of certain geographic sites in the region have sharpened to inquiries on the management and issues surrounding the resources within.
This has allowed us to solidify the scope of our 2-part enquiry (1) how is the management of regional resources embedded in the future we envision, and (2) how can this be represented in an audio-visual output?