Art+Australia #57_1: Multinaturalism | Su Baker

Editor: Tessa Laird
159 pages | Softcover | B&W and colour images 
RRP $19.99 (inc GST) 
March 2021

This issue is born out of forest fires and deforestation. It is born out of extraction and despoliation, which ravage landscapes and people, including unique and irreplaceable lifeways, languages and cultures. This issue is born out of anger and despair for irretrievable losses, including plant and animal relations we will never see again. This issue is dedicated to the three billion animals that lost their lives on this continent in the summer of 2019–20, losses subsequently eclipsed by a virus spiralling out of control in the anthroposphere. But this issue is also born out of fierce love and an undying spirit of joy, as we celebrate the indescribable beauty that still lives on this planet, and fight for its ‘ongoingness’, its ‘survivance’. [1] This spirit was attested to in the overwhelming number of proposals we received for Multinaturalism; had we said yes to them all we would have needed to print five different versions of the issue. Since the theme encompasses diversity on every level, including the inter-dimensional, I imagine these other versions existing in parallel to this one...—Wrapped in flowers, listening to frogs Tessa Laird


2-3 Kumirrigan Dreaming Peter Waples-Crowe
0-19 Wrapped in flowers, listening to frogs Tessa Laird
20-31 The Land is the Law: On Climate Fictions and Relational Thinking Mykaela Saunders
32-35 From Carpentaria Alexis Wright
40-51 Plantanimal, Three Thoughts on Alliance Cecilia Vicuña
52-67 Decolonial Gardening: Libby Harward’s Ngali Ngariba at Gropius Bau Danni Zuvela
68-73 eat (it) Alexis Milonopoulos
74-79 Quaking Aspen is Inviting You to Join a Meeting Nick Modrzewski
84-93 To Move Through the Dark Night of the Soul Caitlin Franzmann, Camila Marambio
94-97 Wetness Sophie Chao
98-107 Tom the Naturalist Michael Taussig
112-115 Australian Coat of Arms: We Were There and We Are Here Niningka Lewis
118-125 Thawing, Dissolving, Disappearing, Bleeding Etc.: A Scientific Study of Trauma, Time Travel and the Melting Polar Ice Caps Linda Stupart
126-129 NoctilucaScreen Project: Experimental Cinema in the Anthropocene: A Curatorial Proposal for a Cosmomorphic Cinema Sebastian Wiedemann
130-133 Compost Fountain Richard Orjis
134-139 Turning Around and Upside Down: Taki, Tiam and the Nomadic Rhythms of Rain Ants Kuai Shen
142-145 Insect Economy Debris Facility, Nicholas Mangan
146-153 Ghost-weaving and Truth-telling: Paola Balla Goes to Work Tony Birch
154-159 Plants-People-Assemblages Chris Berthelsen, Xin Cheng

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