Over 400 people filled the Powerhouse on Thursday night 20th October. This one-night event titled Traverse was held in conjunction with Plenty, a QCA staff, post graduate and alumni exhibition.
The audience enthusiastically received the event held in partnership with Australian Earth Laws and RONA16, which aimed to celebrate Australia's first Rights of Nature Tribunal, held at Banco Court, Brisbane Magistrates Court, on Saturday, 22nd October.
Plenty brought together a range of artistic dialogues that explore human interconnectedness and interdependence with the natural world. From mathematical forms to toad prints, the artwork here, collectively, was a call for more curiosity, acknowledgement, understanding and good humour when we think about our relationship to our environment and how the things that we value may be preserved. We increasingly understand that human health and happiness are inseparable to the health of the ecosystems in which we live. The pleasure, fascination and sense of connection we feel while observing other living things and the beautiful diverse environments that support them, feed us culturally, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Cultural sites like the post industrial Brisbane Powerhouse, provide entertainment and a stimulating environment to ask big questions surrounding contemporary life.
Individually and collectively, Plenty created a space for audiences to ponder these aesthetically-framed questions. Material engagement, beauty, metaphor and analogy can resonate physically, emotionally and intellectually, leading to continued reflection and even reorientation. It is clear that the culture we live in, mediates our experience and acts to shape our appreciation and perception of the world around us.